8 popular Lucknowi dishes that should be on every foodie’s bucket list

1. Must try Lucknowi dishes for ever food lover

Must try Lucknowi dishes for ever food lover

Lucknow or the city of Nawabs is a paradise for foodies. The Nawabs of Awadh contributed immensely in the growth of the city’s culinary culture. The very reason why the Lucknowi or the Awadhi cuisine is so popular is the fact that the traditional dishes of the city have a royal flavour, which has been passed on since ages! There is something in the air of this magnificent city, which is reminiscent of its glittering past glory which hangs around even today in form of the heritage that defines its culture. The moment you enter the city, the first thing that accosts you is the mesmerizing aroma of cooked food. The tortuous by lanes of Lucknow are hot hubs of traditional food which has stood the ravages of time and has managed to retain its authenticity. Although Lucknow is popular for its kebabs, it is also known for other dishes. Have a look at this list of 8 popular Lucknowi dishes that should be on your bucket list.

2. Galouti Kebab

Galouti Kebab

Galouti Kebab is prepared using minced meat, yoghurt, gram flour, onion and a melange of spices. You will be surprised to know that over 100 masalas go in the making of this succulent kebab. It is said to have been invented initially for a Nawab who could not eat hard meat as he was toothless. It is also called Tundey ke kebab because it was Tundey Mian, (the chef with one hand) who popularised it. (Image Courtesy: Flickr/Rajan Manickavasagam)

3. Patili Kebab

Patili Kebab

Kebabs are an integral part of Awadhi cuisine and are made by grilling or even frying the dish. All these kebabs are cooked using marinated meats in a melange of spices and given different shapes. One such variety of kebab is Patili Kebab, which draws its name from the cooking method, i.e., it is made into a patili or a round shaped copper/brass utensil. It is also served as a whole and not in pieces, as compared to other kebabs.

4. Nargisi Kofta

Nargisi Kofta

A dish cooked by wrapping the hard-boiled eggs with shredded meat (marinated in a melange of spices) and then deep frying it, Nargisi Kofta is something you would not want to miss in Lucknow! Its name is quite unique and comes from the flower Narcissus, which resembles the kofta. You must have had several koftas till now, however, this one is quite different and out of the world. (Image Courtesy: Instagram/@basant_catering)

5. Kakori Kebab

Kakori Kebab

Kakori Kebabs are also known as ‘Seekh Kebabs’ and an essential part of Lucknowi cuisine. These kebabs are amazing in taste and are cooked using the barbecue method, in which the marinated meat is arranged in skewers and then roasted to perfection. (Image Courtesy: Instagram/@noidagram)

6. Tokri Chaat

Tokri Chaat

Call it katori or tokri chaat, you can get this snack in all the nooks and corners of Lucknow. Extremely delicious, this chaat is prepared by making a tokri or a basket of grated potatoes and filling it with tikkis, potatoes, matar and chutneys. This mouth-watering chaat is popularly known as Lucknow ki chaat, which is a must try!

7. Sheermal

Sheermal

It’s a sweetened bread and a popular delicacy of Lucknowi cuisine that is infused with the flavours of saffron and is prepared with refined flour or maida, milk, ghee and sugar. This saffron-flavoured naan is traditionally baked in an iron tandoor/griddle, is commonly confused with baqarkhani, which is a Hyderabadi invention and is served majorly on special occasions. However, you can easily get this aromatic sweet bread at chawal wali gali or now famous as sheermal gali in Lucknow. (Image Courtesy: Instagram/@thedriftytripper)

8. Pasanda

Pasanda

Cooked using mutton pieces in fiery spices and curd, pasanda is a delight for all the non-vegetarians and a popular dish of the Awadhi cuisine. Traditionally, the recipe of pasanda is made using leg of lamb, however, these days you can easily find pasanda prepared with chicken meat. Wandering in the city of Nawabs and not eating pasanda is something that you would not want to miss out for sure!

9. Malai Ki Gilori

Malai Ki Gilori

Gooey and extremely soft, Malai Ki Gilori is a dessert that just melts in your mouth in just a bite! It was invented as a solution for something sweet to chew on, when the paan was forbidden in the court of Nawabs. This dessert is made using thick layers of milk cream or malai and is filled with lots of nuts and mishri, which makes you feel out of this world. Once you are in Lucknow, you should head towards the legendary sweet shop Ram Asrey to try this, and we can bet you will not be able to stop yourself!

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