Rajinder Da Dhaba began as a small roadside street food stall serving North Indian food. But its popularity due to the outstanding food they served gained fame and eventually moved to occupy basically an entire stip mall at Safdarjung Enclave. Now, the small roadside dhaba restaurants has a couple of dining rooms and an entire parking lot where they serve hundreds of happy customers each evening. Though they mostly specialize in cooking grilled tandoori meats at Rajinder Da Dhaba, my friend who eats vegetarian assures that they cook some of the best vegetarian food in Delhi as well!
So one evening we headed to Rajinder Da Dhaba for dinner at about 7 pm and chose to initially sit in the nice dining room area where we could relax away from the major crowds. We ordered two vegetarian side dishes, the mixed vegetable aloo gobi and dal makhani. Both were excellent. The mixed vegetables were in a thick spice filled tomatoey sauce and it was extremely flavorful. The dal makhani, a dish made from mostly black lentils was also divine. The lentils were slow stewed until soft in a rich creamy sauce, which I’m sure contained plenty of ghee, and also the perfect amount of spice. Along with a stack of tandoori roti, both vegetarian side dishes were outstanding!
But on to one of the most amazing pieces of chicken I’ve ever had: Afghani chicken. First in the indoor section of Rajinder Da Dhaba we ordered the Afghani chicken and it was so incredibly good that after eating it indoors we then headed outside (where this video was made) to eat another plate of the same amazing chicken. Marinated in yogurt cream and lots of spices, the chicken was then roasted in the tandoor to make it outrageously juicy and flavorful. If you’re in Delhi and looking for amazing North Indian barbecue and vegetarian food, you’ve got to eat at Rajinder Da Dhaba.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering who the guy in the video was, it’s the friend of mine who took us there!
How to get there: It’s located in the Safdarjung Enclave strip mall. The closest Metro station is either AIIMS or Green Park, and from there you’ll have to take an auto rickshaw which should cost 30 – 50 INR.
Word of Warning: The outdoor parking lot section is very male dominated, so it’s not the best environment for females, my wife felt much more comfortable at the indoor section.
Address: AB 14, Safdarjung Enclave Market, New Delhi
Open Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm daily
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