Lucknow food is one of the best and delicious tastes that you can get in the world. The place is also known as the Awadhi cuisine and thus can offer you a good variety of nawabi food in its charming nawabi atmosphere. If you are a lover of non-veg dishes, Lucknow can be nothing less than a treat for you. From delicious kebabs to mutton, Lucknow has everything that you can think of. Here are some of the names of the dishes that you must try when in Lucknow.
1. Galawati Kebab
Galawati Kebab or Galauti Kebab is a special delicacy which was once made exclusively for a Nawab in Lucknow. Galawati means melt in your mouth, and the dish does exactly that. Once finely ground meat and unripe papaya is marinated, a mixture of spices is added to the dish. This one must be high on your must try list when in Lucknow!
2. Nihari and Kulcha
Started in 1890 by Haji Abdur Raheem Saheb, Raheem’s hotel is world famous for its Nihari-Kulcha. For the uninitiated, nihari is a robust meat curry, simmered overnight with spices & special herbs on a low fire, that is best served with a warm, fluffy ghilaaf kulcha (the upper layer is ghilaaf and the bottom layer is khameer). Paaye, sheermal, kakori kabab, parsande, seekh kabab and kheer are also much-loved delicacies served at this eatery.
3. Chicken Pasanda
Bharwa Chicken Pasanda, one of the most famous dish of Lucknow. Chicken Lovers will definitely love it. It is made up of Chicken having a filling of Khoya and Cheese mixture. It is garnished with white sauce and Coconut Cashew sauce. The taste is spicy and yummy. The best one you’ll get in Chowk area. The best place for non-vegetarian.
Wahid Biryani is a must eat local food in Lucknow. They have been serving biryani since 1955 in Lucknow and has been in business from last 60 years. The biryani at Wahid is really popular and has been covered in many newspapers and food shows too. The USP is that is prepared by whopping 56 different masalas and is served at just INR 50. They are so popular that they have their stalls installed in Taj Mahotsav in Agra or Lucknow Mahotsav in the awadhi city itself.
5. Chicken Shami Kabab
One of the best non-vegetarian snack recipe to serve for dinner parties. Shaami Kebabs are meat kebabs usually made with mutton, but with this kebab recipe you can easily make it from chicken.
Not many talk about it. However, you should make it your breakfast every time you are in Lucknow. These are deep fried pastries filled with lentils, served with sautéed and spiced potatoes and sweet chutneys. Of course, you can’t eat just one.
7. Tunday Kababi
This place defines Lucknow food in so many ways. Whoever visits this place, cannot forget the taste of these uniquely spiced kebabs for a very long time. The meat tends to dissolve in the mouth instantly and is best complimented with roomali rotis. The Chowk outlet serves only beef kebabs while the Aminabad outlet serves both mutton and beef kebabs at a very cheap price. So eat as much as you want without burning a hole in your pocket!
8. Basket Chaat
You just need a Lucknow special basket chaat to spice up your day with the best flavors and tastes. It is one of those dishes that you will find many people trying in the evening over a chai. The basket in this basket chaat is made as a crispy tokri that contains the other flavors of the chaat like mashed aloo, different varieties of chutneys, etc. Make sure you don’t miss this dish when in Lucknow.
9. Boti Kabab
Tender pieces of meat heated under intense heat, Boti Kabab is one finger-licking starter you should definitely not miss! A popular Mughlai recipe, this is one the many famous kababs that Lucknow has to offer.
Golden dough made of flour, sugar, milk and flavored with saffron, cooked until brown and served brushed with ghee. Serve with any chicken or mutton curries.
11. Dum Murg ki Kacchi Biryani
Marinated chicken flavored with saffron, milk and a host of masalas, combined with rice to cook up a steaming biryani.
12. Makhan Malai
A winter food, its light and airy texture will make it feel like you are eating air. Lightly sweetened and garnished with dry fruits, it’s a must have during winters.
13. Meetha Paan
There are paans and then there is Lucknawi paan. Though it sounds gimmicky, do try the ‘melt in mouth’ meetha paan in Lucknow.