Travelers in Delhi Have a lot on their plate.
Mughal monuments like the hulking Red Fort and the elegant Jama Masjid,
India's largest Mosque loom above the city's myriad bazaars and the dusty
homes of forgotten poets. But no matter how much there is to explore, locals
and visitors alike always return to Delhi's most beloved haunt: Karim's.
cycle rickshaw ride from the Chandni Chowk metro stop, Karim's is neither
soaring fortress nor ancient temple, yet it is an unmissable landmark
nonetheless often filled to capacity with the faithful. This drab roadside
dhaba (for eatery)serves up the most authentic Mughlai fare in the city
which is what you might expect considering who runs the place. Haji
Zahiruddin comes from a family whose bloodline extends back to the chefs who
conjured elaborate feasts in the courts of Mughal emperors. Generations of
chefs honed their culinary wizardry in the nearby Red Fort until the last
Mughal Ruler was toppled by the last British ruler in 1857. Returning to
Delhi in 1911 after his family spent decades in exile. Haji Karimuddin, the
grandfather of the present owner , setup shop in the same alleyway where his
descendents now prepare their family recipes, each one a closely guarded
They are certainly secrets worth keeping. Sumptuous curries like the lazeez
( A spicy chicken and spinach dish) or the Badshahi badaam
(tender chunks of mutton simmered in a tangy almond paste)
complement perfectly the selection of succulent grilled meats from the
tandoor, an array of of flavorful rice biryanis studded with dried fruits
and pungent spices and the steaming hot naans and rotis. Best of all these
regal delights still come at dhaba prices. In this imperial city even
paupers can eat like kings.
Mr. Alimuddin Ahmed
(Managing Director of Karim Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
(Director of Aiwane Karim Pvt. Ltd.)
Mr. Zaeemuddin Ahmed
(Managing Director- Karim's Takeaway Pvt. Ltd.)
Mrs Arun Puri Congratulating
Mrs. Rekha Puri says thumbs up to Karim's Managing Director Aleemudin
Ahmed. Jama Masjid, Karim won the Today Golden Plate Best North Indian
Restaurant Award 2005.
Union Tourism Minister Renuka Chaudhary releases today 100, Delhi's Best
Restaurant and Cafe, 2005 at a ceremony at the Taj Palace Hotel. Karim Hotel
was selected the BEST in the North India.
AUGUST 23, 1998 (by Nidhi Sharma)
Late Haji Noor-Uddin
Haji Noor-Uddin hailed from a family of royal
cooks which served, among others, Emperor Akbar. Nidhi Sharma profiles the
man behind Delhi's legendary restaurants, Karim's who passed away on 8th
"A chef par excellence, a man who loved
food and relished it, a man who had the will and the right business acumen
to make his father's dream a living reality - Haji Noor-Uddin Ahmed, the man
on whom lies the onus of making the name of Old Delhi's Karim Hotels
synonymous with delectable Mughlai cuisine."
AKEA INC, USA
1996 AWARDS FOR BEST KABAB AND
TIKKAS, BEST OF DELHI
it is chicken tikka or rumali rotis served with kababs, which are bound to
melt in your mouth... you are transported back into time of the Mughal
BBC WORLD GUIDE
".......recommend meat eaters to try
Karim's......for a traditional breakfast of spice goats' totters..... better
than the bacons & eggs and more delicious..."
"...a Kofta of peppery ground lamb tenderly
embracing a boiled egg; succulant chicken roasted in a Tandoor, a clay oven;
yogurt laced with spices that burst upon the palate like star shells. such
Moghul cuisine has subverted many Indian vegetarians...Karim's hotel is not
a hotel in the western sense.... it is a magic little restaurant....."
NEW DELHI, MARCH 28, 1998
BY THE GRACE OF
THE MAN BEHIND
Started in 1913, "Karim" is today, a
chain of three restaurants and a host to people from all walks of life.
Nestled near Jamma Masjid, it is run by Alimuddin Ahmed with the help of the
NEW DELHI, MARCH 4, 1995
In Quest Of The Perfect Biryani
".......The dining area is spotlessly clean
and Smacks of Good Hygiene. .....To put in a nut shell, the food at Karim's
is astounding. It seemed perfect to be true. It had not an extra ounce of
oil or fat despite comfortable levels of Chillies......got carried away by
the succulent pieces of chicken, mild flavours, the appetising aroma of
charcoal grilled meats...."
FEBRUARY 25, 1996 (by ARUP SINHA
By Gosht! It's Karim's!
"....mughlai Khaana At Karim's has no match
in this land....Their trick is in the proportions and not just the
ingredients....the amazing talent and dedication of a family that has honed
its skills down the centuries, perfecting an art to the point of miracle,
second only to that of the loaves and fish...."
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 1998
Flavour of History
"..... routes leads straight to a place
called Karim's that serves the most delicious Mughal cuisine....in 1995
Karim's got a letter from the UK Eateries Association commending them for
the best Kababs and tikkas in the capital....those who are familiar with
good eating just the name Karim Hotel is enough...."
THE TIMES OF INDIA
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 1998 (by VIDUSHI
SINHA) EAST DELHI PLUS
Baggage of traditions at Nehmat-e-Karim
"....Nehmat-e-Karim has stuck to the
typical mughlai menu....Karim's mughlai dishes have resisted the onslaught
of off beat culinary skills...Tehzib and adab are in abundance here...."
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 1998
Delhi's Best Restaurants
"Karim's bags the best Indian non five star
category award for its authentic recipes."
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1988
Of Khusrau, Ghalib and Karim's!
"....do not miss the Yakhni soup and Baqar
Khani, roti and their Sag Gosht, Karim's have a special Kabab without
chillies and Kheer in small earthern plates....."
MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 1998 (by ALLADI
Every item on the menu
at Karim's is a celebration of the special mughlai cuisine that fed, and
probably enslaved, the royals to their cooks who, it turns out, have been
making parallel history, by winning their way into the people's hearts
"....it is only hotel in India to be listed by the Los Angles Times
under the global eateries offering correspondence courses....a special
feature on the Mughal era in the National Geographic makes eulogistic
references to Karim's....where a taste of past is celebrated ....every time
on the menu is a celebration of the special mughlai cuisine that fed and
probably enslaved the Royals to their cooks, who in turn have been making
parallel history by making their way into people's heart through their