This street food staple from Lucknow will prove to be an absolute delight for anyone who has an affinity for street snacks and 'chaat'. As the name suggests, the Katori or Basket Chaat literally resembles a basket that is overloaded with a whole bunch of ingredients. The basket part of the chaat is made of a fried potato shelling which is filled to the brim with mashed Tikkis, tangy and spicy sauces or chutneys, and loads of vegetables, often peas. The dish is very affordable, yummy, and very filling at the same time.
Where to find: Royal Cafe, Hazratganj
Imagine relishing a rich but mildly flavored gravy of tender meat marinated in an exotic spice rub and cooked overnight, with afresh out of tandoor kulcha, mouth-watering isn't it?. After Tundey Kebabs, Nihari Kulcha is the second most famous culinary gem adorning the cuisine of Lucknow that has been luring foodies from far and wide for decades.
Where to find: Raheem Hotel, Chowk
Sheermal or Shirmal is a very famous and decadent preparation in Lucknow. It is a saffron-colored naan or flatbread that is mildly sweet in taste and made with milk, yeast, and maida. The ingredients are mixed and allowed to sit for a while. The yeast in it causes it to rise and then it is baked in the famous tandoor or Indian oven. Sheermal tastes great with kebabs, kormas, and even by itself.
Where to find: Sheermal Wali Gali, Akbari Gate, and Manish Eating Point, Gomti Nagar.
Mornings in Lucknow are reserved for the classic puri or Khasta Kachori. Cooked in pure desi ghee, you will find that while the basic recipe for these remains the same, different places serve it with different accompaniments such as Aloo-Kaddu Sabzi, spicy Aloo Sabzi, or even Sookha baingan (eggplant).
Lucknow's food can never disappoint the ones with a sweet tooth. One of the best desserts you will find in the city is their Kulfi, stuffed with a lot of almonds and pistachios and often enjoyed with Falooda that makes this delicacy even more decadent.
When you are in Lucknow you can’t miss this insanely indulgent treat. Malai Paan or Malai Ki Gilori is a rare dessert, which according to local lore, is believed to be a culinary invention by the royal chefs of Lucknow as a result of a ban on Paan by the erstwhile Nawabs. Though many have tried to re-create the dessert but no one can even get near to Lucknow's special Malai Ki Gilori where the sweet Mishri along with dry fruits is encased in paper-thin Malai(clotted cream) and infused with a hint of rose water and Kewra.
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.
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