Delhi has been home to people from all walks of life for centuries. The treasured capital of the nation, the city has learned to preserve its cultural history, appreciate diversity, and create a spirit of its own. The same can be said of its food, as I discovered when I first left home and desperately missed my mother’s cooking. I started to explore the bylanes and back alleys of Delhi, or, as the lovers of this city like to call it, "Dilli," in search of an alternative to the traditional Indian meal I had grown up on. Away from the posh restaurants with flashy hordes and over-priced international cuisine, I found food that truly embodied the spirit of Delhi: Through years of cultural interaction, many spots have opened that not only offer a taste of authentic cooking, but are now considered landmarks on Delhi’s culinary map. Such establishments—along with their well-guarded recipes—have been handed down through generations and continue to express the community identity. To explore the food of Delhi is to get to know its people.