Food & Drink

Curry source— Delhi


For restaurateur Marut Sikka, Chandni Chowk is the only place to buy ingredients in Delhi. He gives us a tour.

Chandni Chowk, Food, Market, Restaurants

A childhood spent moving around India, thanks to his army family, opened Marut Sikka’s eyes to the great depth and diversity in Indian cuisine. “Food here changes every 20km,” he says.

A restaurateur, food writer and television host, Sikka is on a mission to elevate standards when it comes to Indian produce. “India is evolving,” he says. “There’s not really a legacy of restaurant food beyond simply meat or vegetables in a green, red or brown gravy. But in private kitchens, housewives have always ground their own unique spice mixes. My life’s goal…

  • Magique

    Gate no. 3, Garden of Five Sense, Said ul Ajaib

  • Kainoosh

    122-124, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj

  • Sanjay Singh at Tomar Paneer Shop

    Khoya Mandi Bagh Diwar, Fatephuri

  • Deepak Jain at Ram Pershad Bishan Sarup

    6530 Khari Baoli

  • 15 – Lentil, rice and chickpea supplier

    15, Khari Baoli

  • Arundeep Makkar at Nad Bhatourey Wala, 830, Pan Mandi, Sadar, Bazaar

    Natraj Café


Chandni Chowk is the main road running through the walled city of Old Delhi, which has been around since 1650, when the Mughal emperor Shahjahan moved the capital from Agra to Delhi. Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in the old town – selling everything from ribbons to bread to ironware. The main road, choking and congested, still manages to retain its historic character and, despite the chaos, it remains a prosperous trading centre and one of the hearts of Delhi.


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