guides you to the best local dishes & drinks in
125+ cities.
See map now

Join the Project

EYW wants your food photos!

Cafe con leche y tostadas


Upload a photo now

Food Memories

EYW wants your food stories!

The Great Bali Debate - Rice or Noodles

Sanur, Bali

On a recent trip to Bali, I found myself meandering through a local night market in Sanur. The din of merchants selling their wares, discovering exciting foods and my fascination with people-watching... Read more

Write a Food Memory now

Top 10 Foods in Hong Kong

August 26, 2015

These egg waffles are one of Hong Kong's iconic street foods. It’s no secret that Hong Kong is a foodie’s mecca. Local Hong Kongers...

Read More

  • What to eat
  • How to burn it off
  • Where to Stay

<< back to foods in Delhi

A lassi with malai from Shyam Sweets in Delhi, India.

What: The smoothie-like counter to all those heavy curries, lassi is a creamy, frothy yogurt-based drink from Punjab. There are many varieties, but most will fall under either sweet or salted—the former is curd blended or whisked with sugar (and/or fruit), the latter with salt and often other spices, like cumin and/or cardamom seeds. Traditionally, lassi is served in a disposable clay cup called a kulhar, and extra malai, or clotted cream, is spooned on top before serving. In Delhi lassis are especially popular in the summer, when they provide a cool, soothing balance to most everything else being consumed.

Good to know: While this drink’s probiotic qualities are wonderful for all stomachs, it’s a good idea for foreigners to order it without ice, to be safe. Also, it’s best drunk in warmer months, as the curd is likely to be fresher. As for concerns as to whether water is added to lassis: It seems to depend on the place, and it doesn’t hurt to ask. Like with anything else here, start out slow—try a lassi or two at your hotel, for example, or a hygienic chain like Haldiram’s (see below)—before branching out to, say, an Old Delhi lassi-walla. We tried a wide range of lassis without problems, but experiences can certainly vary.

Where: We drank a lassi nearly every day during summer in Delhi, but especially loved the traditional one at Shyam Sweets (2326-8087; 112, Chawri Bazaar, map) in Old Delhi.

When: Daily, 8am-10pm

Order: One kulhar of lassi (30 rupees), which comes topped with malai and is nearly a meal in itself! The bedmi-aloo and nagori-halwa are also quite good here, and distinctly Delhi.

Alternatively: There’s always Haldiram’s (multiple branches including 1454/2, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, map) for hygienic everything, including lassis. But for more of the real deal, check out these two popular, well-known spots in Old Delhi: century-old Meghraj for plain lassis and Amritsari for flavored lassis (including mango, banana, rose, saffron, almond). Both are located on Fatehpuri Chowk, near Fatehpuri Masjid (map).

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Delhi Kindle Guide

Now on!

Delhi Food and Travel Guide on

Download our new Delhi Food & Travel Guide for easy access to 43 traditional dishes and drinks from the Indian capital, plus a restaurant guide and an Agra food guide, for Taj Mahal visitors. $3.99

Click here to buy

Forgot password