Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, is perhaps one of the oldest cities in Northern India. Apart from its ‘tehzeeb’, culture and history, one thing the city takes pride is its Awadhi cuisine. An integral part of the city’s gastronomical culture, this age-old culinary style was inspired by the Mughals and other Muslim rulers, who ruled the region of Awadh. A delectable platter of Lucknow’s Awadhi food consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. Book a flight ticket to Lucknow and take a closer look at what makes an Awadhi dish truly enjoyable and the amazing dishes you should definitely try.
Lucknow is one of the important cities of Uttar Pradesh. Apart from commercial, industrial and educational activities, it is also known as the home to one of the finest food culture in India – the Awadhi cuisine. The roots of Awadhi cuisine is connected to the Middle Eastern and Persian style of cooking, which was brought to India by the Mughal and other Muslim regimes. The entire cooking style consists of a great mix of grains, dry fruits, vegetables, and fruits, apart from other non-vegetarian items. With time, the style was mixed and evolved by the north Indian kingdoms, especially the Nawabs of Awadh, by the addition of several herbs and exotic Indian spices. The Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow today stands as a sign of the preservation of culture by the locals. Lucknow is conveniently connected to other major cities of India through the air, rail, and roadways. It is advised to make travel arrangements well before to avoid any hassles. You can easily get a cheap train or flight ticket online and explore the city at your convenience.
Talking of Awadhi cuisine, your Lucknow trip cannot be complete without trying these top 5 delicacies.
Murgh Musallam: A perfect mix of Persian flavours and Awadhi cooking. It is basically a whole, roasted chicken stuffed with several spices and boiled eggs. The dish is garnished with dry fruits and wrapped in edible silver foil known as wark.
Tunde Kebab: Another Awadhi delight, is prepared using minced mutton and several spices. You can find several road-side stalls and restaurants selling different versions of the kebab. Being an iconic dish of the city, many local restaurants still keep their ingredients a secret.
Shami Kebab: One of the most selling delicacies of Lucknow, the dish can be found in every nook and corner of the city. The dish is prepared using minced meat, vegetables and several spices which are held together by egg batter and turned into a patty before frying in a pan. A vegetarian version of the dish is also available which is made using peas, cauliflower, and potatoes.
Shahi Korma: This delicious dish is used making mutton or beef and is normally served with gravy. The dish was mainly served to the members of the royal family, as the preparation also involved a lot of herbs and rare spices. Korma is an Urdu term, meaning cooked meat, and ‘shahi’ means royal. The meat is usually mixed with yogurt, spices, cream, nuts and cooked on slow heat (also known as Dum Pukht).
Biryani: Another trademark dish of the city, the Lucknawi Biryani is prepared not just in restaurants but also at homes. Here, boiled rice is mixed with semi-cooked meat along with more spices and the further cooked over slow heat until it all becomes a good mix. It’s said that a perfect biryani can be identified with its aroma.