Lucknow, the land of Awadhi cuisine, has much more to offer than what meets the eye. Amid the nawabi atmosphere and the laziness that hangs in the air of this city, food is what keeps them running. From a wide range of lip-smacking kebabs to drool worthy sweetmeats, Lucknow is a heaven for gluttons!
1. 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!
2. Rahim’s Kulcha Nahari
Imagine tender pieces of meat marinated in an exotic spice rub and cooked overnight, stuffed into freshly baked tandoori kulche. After tunday kebabs, nahari kulcha is the second most famous food jewel of Lucknow food and cuisine. All you need to do is imagine heaven on a plate.
3. Ratti Lal’s Khasta
Breakfast in Lucknow is nothing short of a Nawabi treat and one of the best breakfast destinations has to be Rati Lal’s Khasta Kachori. The Barras and Pooris served here are no match to the khastas. The chickpea subzi is equally delicious and for the ones who love chillies there is a red chilli aloo available as well. They truly believe that one should feast like a king at breakfast!
4. Prakash ki Kulfi
Lucknow food will never disappoint the ones with a sweet tooth. One of the major competition in desserts is Prakash ki Kulfi. They serve only kulfi faloodas in their shop and it’s made within the blink of an eye! If attraction had a colour, it would have been yellow!
5. Sharma Tea Stall
A visit to Lucknow is incomplete without a visit to Sharma ji. The Bun-Makkhan is something to die for! Freshly baked buns smothered in homemade butter…need I say something more? The samosas are stuffed with a subtly delicious potato mix which perfectly complements the already perfect cup of tea served right here in Hazratganj!
6. Jain Chat Wala
This place is the ultimate chat haven. Loyal customers swear by their dahi batashe and aloo tikki. For a city obsessed with meat, this place is a pleasant diversion. Their quick service is the reason why people keep coming.
7. Raja Thandai
In the beer-vodka age, Raja thandai plays a major role in keeping thandai a favourite among Lucknowites. Customers like the drink because it is herbal and helps in digestion and not to mention incredibly delicious! Into service since the past 100 years, Raja Thandai is definitely the place to be when in Lucknow!
8. Makhan Malai Chowk
Winters are incomplete without makhan malai. It is conceptually similar to Old Delhi’s daulat ki chaat, but much more intense and flavourful. The dish in itself is light and fluffy, but very creamy in texture. The sprinkling of khoya added on top by the vendors makes it irresistible. This seasonal dish is an integral part of Lucknow food.
9. Idris ki Biryani
For a culture well versed with Nawabi royalty, biryani may seem to be a very usual dish. However, Idris ki Biryani stands out among the rest. Chunky pieces of chicken/mutton surrounded by a plate full of handpicked, fluffy, long-grain rice is too good to miss out on. Known for their flavor and aroma, the recipe is almost half a century old.
10. Chappan Bhog ki Mithaiyan
This Lucknow food place has been an undisputed king of the sweetmeat world. With a wide range of attractively decorated mithai available in front of your eyes, anyone can get tempted. Made from unadulterated milk and milk products, you can vouch on their quality and taste, even with your eyes blindfolded.