Delhi Food Festival…Dilli Ke Pakwan



Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.  ~Voltaire

Delhi tourism had organized a food festival from 3rd Dec to 11th Dec 2011, at Connaught place. ‘Dilli Ke Pakwan’ food festival with traditional street food of Delhi, cultural activities, handicrafts etc. Last week I had forced my other half, who is least interested in any activity related to food and travel, to accompany me to this festival. He didn’t have a choice because once I start badgering him about something, I don’t stop till he gives in. I know I am a bad person but I can’t help it, I have to nag nag nag until my wishes are granted 🙂

Back to the food festival, we reached there at 12.45 pm, just in time for lunch and what a delicious lunch it was! There were paranthas (stuffed and fried Indian bread) from the famous Chandni Chowk, jalebis( this Indian dessert is orange in color and is made up of flour and water, deep fried in intricate circular shapes and then dipped in sugar syrup), Gol gappas, pao bhaji, chole bhaturey, momos, kebabs, chat, kulfi…









The first stall I visited was the Paranthe wali gali. The paneer and mix vegetable stuffed paranthas were delicious but deep fried or maybe that’s why they tasted so good.

There were a lot of stalls selling yummy food and I wanted to taste all the treats. I was so greedy that day. I had Kulfi, jalebi, pao bhaji, gol gappas and paranthas. I must have put on 2 kilos in two hours. But it was worth it because I don’t eat like this everyday, only once in hundred years. This food festival was organized to celebrate 100 years of Delhi. So I was allowed to celebrate 🙂

I also had my sketch drawn by an artist but my sketch doesn’t look like me at all, the onlookers were giving drawing tips to the artist and I think that must have thrown him off course. You can be the judge…

After 15 minutes of sitting still in front of half of Delhi and the artist, I had a sketch in my hand and the woman in the picture looked like my distant cousin 🙂

There were a lot of decorative items on display, I went crazy clicking pictures with my phone 🙂

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This is me, exhausted after eating so much food and holding a picture of some vaguely familiar person in my hand :).I had a great time indulging in my favorite hobby, eating.

Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don’t eat has been proved to be indispensable for life.  But I go marching on.  ~George Bernard Shaw




Sulekha aka Lucks

42 thoughts on “Delhi Food Festival…Dilli Ke Pakwan

  1. I am a foodie 😉 I have that sketch on my wall and every time I look at it, it feels like a stranger is staring back at me 🙂

  2. Martha, I haven't posted half the pictures I took 🙂 It was a good trip, i had fun. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  3. food festivals are going on here also in Guwahati, the venues are different hotels though. winter is to cherish and relish outings accompanied with great food.

    i hope you enjoyed a lot. the pictures say it all. the art works, handicrafts are so brilliant. i wish i was in Delhi 🙂

  4. Sancheeta, welcome to my site and thank you for your lovely comment. I would love to see the pictures of Guwahati food fest. I love the food at your place:) do post something.

  5. WOW!!! You must have had a great time Sulekha,the pictures are fabulous,and all the things you have mentioned regarding food,are my favorite….

  6. Alpana, I had a wonderful time there:) I know about your love for gol gappas 🙂 Thanks for the visit and your sweet comment.

  7. Oh Sulekha, everything you posted here is a great delight to the senses ;). Your festivals in India are truly amazing! I'm sure we have some too but in the city, we rarely celebrate (*or perhaps because I live in a convent style home LOL). I'm sure your husband enjoyed it as much as you did.

    I was so eager to check out the sketch…oooo…would you like that I make one for you? 😀

    The images were so colorful! It was like being there through your pics. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS 🙂

  8. Melissa, I would love it if you made my sketch:) I will send you a favorite picture of mine, thanks for the visit, comment and the lovely offer 🙂

  9. Rimly, I wanted a souvenir of the fete but got the silly sketch ;( Melissa has offered to make my sketch:) I am so excited. Thanks for the visit.

  10. Delighful delights.. I have heard soo much about the parathe wali gali from my colleagues here..!! Pics looks soo inviting and tempting.. glad u had a great time, Sulekha.

    1. Tameka, I would have loved taking you around and seeing your reactions to the place and the food. Am I wrong in saying that the woman in the sketch isn't me? 🙂 Thanks for the lovely compliment.

  11. Not fair, not at all fair….I could not take my eyes of those yummy foodies…, I have to order something, cannot seem to stop this drooling.

    1. Sandeep, welcome to my site, which couldn't have been possible without your help 🙂 I had a great time eating at the festival. Thank you for the compliment, and your visit.

        1. Good to know that you have my back 🙂 I managed to move all my posts from blog spot to here on my own 🙂 Thank you for your help,god bless.

  12. Hello.
    You tease me with all this lovely food. I couldn't resist, I had to close my eyes & do some virtual tasting…mmm yum…my belly is so stuffed that I can't move (lol)!
    It certainly looks like you had a fantastic time. lol..the distant cousin looks like she had a grand ole time too! I can vouch for Melissa 😉
    Lovely post Sulekha.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Shreya, I am always the first one to visit such events. I love color and food and people 🙂 Thank you for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment.

    1. Manisha, Saddi Dilli is great. 🙂 Next time you are here give me a call and we will go to all these places and enjoy together.Thanks for the comment and your visit.

  13. Looks like all your friends agree that the lady in the sketch doesn't look like you 🙂 Who is she? and why did I pay for her sketch ? I had fun too.

  14. Mitr – that picture is definitely one of your distant cousin. He got the hair right though :). I wish I was there to give you company in the march of poison consuming! So much fun! The pics are great darling!

  15. Drooling….now hungry…trying to lick my screen to taste the food. I accidentally stopped reading it half way through because the words were interfering with my desire to really want the food.

    ps I have looked at the food three times…I am worried I will never leave this page

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