Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Lucknow is every foodie’s paradise. The city is home to amazing eating joints serving lip-smacking delicacies, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. If a gastronomical adventure is on your mind then ‘The City of Nawabs’ is the place to be. Following is a list of places that makes Lucknow a favourite among food lovers.
Lucknow teaches you to enjoy food for its own sake and not for the ambience of the joint. Lying in the narrow lanes of the city’s Chowk area, Idris Dhaba offers you biryani that is cooked to perfection. It specialises in Dum Biryani which is cooked over a low fire in a sealed and heavy-bottomed pan. The slow cooking method ensures that the aroma and flavours of the distinct spices are retained in the meat. The aroma of Idris’s biryani is such that you wouldn’t mind the hustle-bustle of the venue.
A speciality of the city, Tunday Kababi is indispensable to Lucknow. Situated in a corner in the lively Aminabad area, this 100-year-old eating joint brings people from near and far off places to the city. It takes its name from the fact that the late Haji Murad Ali, the inventor of ‘Tunday’, prepared kebabs with only one of his hands as the other was handicapped. Do relish the melt-in-your-mouth flavour of the Gilawat Kebabs at Tunday. This softest variant of a kebab was created especially for Nawab Wajid Ali by his royal cook after the nawab lost all his teeth. Legend has it that the authentic Awadhi recipe used more than 150 spices to make a single kebab!
A gastronomical adventure in Lucknow is incomplete without its excellent chaat. The pavements of the city are lined with vendors offering you everything, from dahi-vada to papdi, from ghugni to aloo dum, all topped with bhujia, onion, and a variety of chutneys. Try out pani-batasha, a mouth-watering snack, literally so. From spicy to sweet and everything in between, you can choose from five different flavours of pani-batasha when in Lucknow. Head to Royal Café in Hazratganj for the best chaat, the quality of which the locals swear by. Basket chaat in their menu is a must try, and will leave you coming back to the city for more.
Dinner at Tunday Kebab and dessert at Prakash ki Kulfi, that is Lucknow’s idea of treating your senses. Situated in the Aminabad area, a short distance away from Tunday Kebab, Prakash ki Kulfi offers you the most refreshing of flavours. Kulfi falooda, the speciality of the place, is a favourite of both the young and the old alike. Also look out for creamy fruit kulfi in the menu, subtle in texture yet strong in taste.
With authentic flavours and interesting back stories, the places mentioned above define Lucknow’s culinary scenario. They lie near major hotels in Lucknow, making a gastronomical adventure all the more feasible. Now that you know where to head off to and what to indulge in, plan a trip to Lucknow to try out its various delicacies.