I GREW UP in Delhi. The city is home to food from nearly all the states in India, and in all variety of forms: snacks, street food, mains, appetizers.
Given 24 hours, this is how I’d stuff my face.
To get everything in, you have to start early. First stop: a cup of Chai and Bread Pakora at the nearest tea-stall you can find. Finding a tea-stall will be easy; most are strategically placed on roadside corners and main intersections. Chai khokhas, as they are commonly known around India, are popular all day hangouts that cater to all sorts, from the urban working class to students to minimum wage earners.
Chai, which is the Hindi word for tea, served at the khokhas is special — it’s milky and sugary with just the right amount of cardamom in it. Bread Pakora, a North Indian snack, is made of bread that is stuffed with mashed potato, dipped in a paste of gram flour, and then deep-fried.