The land of Nawabs’ Awadhi cuisine, of Lucknow is a total foodie’s paradise! From kebabs to paans to biryanis, wander around in the city for a day or two and you’ll never know which narrow alley takes you to food heaven.
The bawarchis (Chef) and rakabdars (gourmet cooks) of Awadh invented the Dum Style of cooking or the art of cooking over a slow fire, which has become synonymous with Lucknow today.
Their spreads consisted of elaborated dishes such as Kebabs, Korma, Biryanis, Kaliyas, Nahari-Kulcha, Zarda, Shirmal roomali roti and Warqi parathas.
Kebabs are the integral part of Awadhi and Lucknow is proud of its kebabs. There are several varieties of popular kebabs in Awadhi cuisine viz. Kakori kebabs, Boti kebabs, Patili-ke-kebabs, Ghutwa kebabs and Seekh kebabs are among the known varieties.
The taste, the smell and the air of the city screams magic! Even though the list of delicacies is endless, here are some mouthwatering dishes that you just cannot miss 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 are added to the dish.
2. Tunday kebab: Tunday kebab have a rather interesting history. Tunday means handicapped and the kebabs got their name because the person who made them first was handicapped. Over a 100 spices go into the making of this royal kebab and they ensure that you don’t feel uneasy after having them. They literally melt in your mouth like ice cream and are best served with rumali roti.
3. Idriski biryani: It takes 3 hours to prepare a degh and total 16 to 18 deghs are served in a day. Cooking is done on “Bhatti” using “patherkakoyla”. The secret is dum biryani which is slow, steamed cooked,
milk and malai are the valued ingredient along with Zafrani and makhanicolours.
Everyone should go to Lucknow just to eat these mouthwatering dishes like Galawati kebab, sardarjikechollebhature, sharmajiki chai, boti kebab, rogan josh, lucknowki biryani, tokarichaat, payakinihari, malaikigilori, sheermals, lucknowipaan, Prakash kikulfi etc.