When you wander around the world in search of the best food and your travelling belly gets a satisfactory junction, a smile on your face is apparent. Gastroutes takes you to such a journey that will help you explore the lip-smacking street food the taste of which will be hard to forget. Here we go with the 8 alluring street food of Lucknow.
Kebabs of Lucknow top the list. In fact Lucknow is often associated with Kebabs and it is known all around the world for it. They are exclusively delicious, prepared with the right assortment of spices and a legacy carried by Tunday Kebabi (the most famous food joint of Lucknow). Tunday used to cook for Nawabs of Lucknow and his generation carried his legacy. The famous Kebab shop by Haji Murad Ali came into being around the end of the 17th century. It is said that the kebabs made here continue to follow a closely guarded secret family recipe. Supposedly the women of the family make a special masala for the kebabas that use a whopping 160 different spices!
It is said that toothless Nawab of Lucknow once ordered his cook to prepare something that could be eaten without chewing and an innovative dish called Galawati Kebabs came into being. Here is the delicious minced meat preparation with green papaya paste, chillies, ginger-garlic paste, saffron, rose water and shallow fried in clarified butter (desi ghee). They are served with green chutney, onion rings and parathas (unleavened bread).
Being in the business for more than 200 years, the shop is being run by the 5th generation of the family. You will get a whole ‘thali’ or platter that would satisfy your soul and leave you thoroughly satiated because it contains almost everything that goes on making it a complete meal. Apart from Kachori (stuffed with lentils), you will find pickles, sweet chutney, one dried aloo subzi, raita (spicy yogurt recipe) and one with gravy are served on the platter. In the morning time you will get crisp and hot jalebis here. The tempting fact about food here is that it is cooked in pure ghee (clarified butter) which becomes evident by its enticing aroma…here the platter looks like..
If you are in Lucknow and you miss eating this street food, consider your trip incomplete. Many age rolled by and many centers of Parkash Kulfi have come up at different places in Lucknow. But the oldest one is still at Aminabad. Several decades have passed and the Kulfi is still known for its same mesmerizing taste, its different flavours and its tasty falooda (flavored vermicelli served over the Kulfi). Here it goes with the picture.
Located in Aminabad, the city has a famous chaat house of many decades and specially famous for its papdi chaat which is made of sweet peas, sweet tangy chutney, spicy water, mashed potatoes. Mattar ki tikki at Kalika Chaat house is another attraction where white pea is fried and garnished with the lemon juice, coriander and ginger. While taking a stroll to Aminabad do not miss having this street food here.
Imagine having a biryani which is so enriched with flavours, colours and aroma that it attracts the strollers of the entire street. The Dum Biryani cooked at Idris on slow steamed is just the right combination of herbs, spices, colours, milk, cream and rose water. The mere smell of this Biryani is so tempting that the passer bys tend to stop here. The cooking is done on coal and slow cooking retains all the taste and flavour.
One of the best places to have mouth-watering Chole Bhature is at Lalbagh, Lucknow. The shop is famous and frequented by people far and wide because the taste is truly awesome. Apart from Chole Bhature, Chole Kulche are also served here along with the pickles and onions. Here we go with this much in demand street food of Lucknow.
If you are an ardent fan of paani ke batashe, (flavourful and tangy water filled in crispy semolina shells) visit to this shop for once to have the best experience because the spicy water is just the best and puffs made up of semolina are perfect and crunchy. Equally good here will be aloo tikki (potato cutlets, fried and mish-mashed and served with different tanghy sauce nad spices)which is crunchy from outside, soft from inside and every bite of it will fill you up with happiness.
Let us wrap the gastronomy trail to Lucknow with ‘Azhar Bhai Ka Paan.’ Well! You will find various paan shops on every nook and corner of the city but the varieties of paan that you will get at this shop is simply overwhelming. The paan served here are known for its different flavours as well as for their medicinal value for small ailments like acidity, mouth ulcers, back-ache and many more. Think of any variety or flavour you will get it readily here. Explore the shop for otherwise a modest paan that can have so many different flavours and taste.