When, back in 1200 AD, Ibn Battuta mentioned about the succulent kebabs in his records, he didn’t have slightest of ideas about what a rage this dish would be in present day Delhi! You can get kebabs in every other cafe, dhaba and restaurant in the city but if you’re a real Dilliwala then you’d know that the flavours and taste of the kebabs that you get in Old Delhi are like none other!


You can trust this part of the city to serve you the softest, meatiest and perfectly roasted skewered kebabs! We set out in search of the best places in Purani Dilli that serve juicy, melt-in-the-mouth kinda kebabs and here’s our top 5 pick!


1. Qureshi Kabab Corner

A newbie in a place that’s known for its decades old, legendary eateries, Qureshi Kabab Corner has managed to make a name of its own! This half a decade old eatery draws in the crowds like a boss! These guys don’t hold back and dish out huge kebabs that are dipped in butter and served hot with yummy mint chutney and tomatoes! Their Chicken and Mutton Kebabs are something you CANNOT miss out on here!

Price: Rs 25

Where: Opposite Gate No.1, Urdu Bazar, Jama Masjid


2. Karim’s

Haji Karimuddin was a little known kababiya who used to serve kebabs at the foot of Jama Masjid until he opened up his own restaurant and subsequently a chain of restaurants that all Non-vegetarians swear by – Karim’s! If you have ever been to this place then you’d agree when we say that their kebabs are the best thing here!The spicy, oil-dripping and flavours loaded Seekh Kebabs here is something that all kebab lovers have to try out!

Price: Rs 55

Where: 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid


3. Kaley Baba Kabab Waley

The legend goes like – a long time back, a dark-skinned man made delicious dhaagey waley kebabs inside the bylanes of Old Delhi and thus this shop came into being! Years later, this art of kebab making is almost a forgotten BUT not when you’re in this part of the city! Dhaage wale kebabs are basically kebabs that are put together using a dhaaga to keep the meat of kebabs in place as the meat used is so fine and thin that without it, the meat would fall off.

Price: Rs 10

Where: 789, Sui walan, Darya Ganj


4. Lalu Kababee

Another kababiyaa in the famous Urdu Bazar of Jama Masjid, Lalu started up with a li’l stall 30 years back and since then he has garnered a loyal fan base amongst the regulars! Known for their extra buttery, bite sized, charcoal grilled Seekh Kebabs, you can also try out their Chicken Kebabs, Buff Kebabs and the Buff Tikkas!

Price: Rs 15

Where: Opposite Gate No.1, Urdu Bazar, Jama Masjid


5. Babu Bhai Kabab Waley

Babu bhai’s shop is just a hole in the wall and from there he has made a name so legendary for himself, that none can ever compete in all of Delhi! We have never had any seekh kebab as delightful, as meaty and as soft as Babu Bhai’s. The guy making the kababs takes your order by first cum first serve basis and only brings in a limited quantity of meat which very well finishes before the night ends! If you are a hardcore non vegetarian and have never been to this place, then it is time you check out the best seekh kebabs in town today!

Price: Rs 10

Where: 1465-B, Near Masjid Syed Rafai, Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid


Kebabs aren’t just a dish, it’s an emotion, a phenomenon that all Dilliwala love! So head to Purani Dilli right away and grab this scrumptious dish right away!


Source: So Delhi