Uttar Pradesh cuisine has everything to tantalize your palate. The cuisine is as diverse as its culture. From royal Nawabi delicacies to lakhnavi spread will leave your taste buds flattered.
You cannot miss out on these delicacies while in Uttar Pradesh-
01 Tunday Kebab
The famous tender Tunday Kebab of Lucknow will melt into your mouth and leave a heavenly flavor. An authentic Nawabi delicacy, the kebab is said to be made from over 100 different spices which add to its unique flavor.
Best place to have Tunday Kebab– Tunday Kebabi, Old Nazirabad Road, Mohan Market, Aminabad, Lucknow
02 Kakori Kebab
A mutton kebab grilled to perfection with black pepper, cardamom seeds, raw papaya, and bhuna chana, the kakori kebab will instantly melt into your mouth. It is drizzled with ghee in the end which elevates the taste even more.
Best place to have Kakori Kebab- Abdul Wahid Kakori Seekh Kebab, Acharya Narendradev Marg, Kutubpur, Hasanganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
03 Boti Kebab
An authentic Kanpuri dish, the Boti Kebab is a simplistic form of kebab which is equally delicious. It is made with gram flour, mutton, and yogurt.
Best place to have Boti Kebab- The Mughal’s Dastarkhwan, Vivek Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
04 Galouti Kebab
An impeccably delicious and royal delicacy made with minced meat and a variety of spices, the Galouti Kebab is a cornerstone to Awadhi cuisine.
Best place to have Galouti Kebab– Tunday Kebabi, Old Nazirabad Road, Mohan Market, Aminabad, Lucknow
05 Kulcha Nihari
An authentic Lucknow delicacy, Kulcha Nihari is a soft fluffy paratha that will melt in your mouth. It is served with rich mutton and chicken gravy.
Rahim’s in Lucknow is known to be preparing the dish for more than 120 years now and still is the best place to savor it.
Best place to have Kulcha Nihari- Rahim Ki Nihari, Phool Wali Gali, Chowk, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
06 Lucknawi Biriyani
Biriyani prepared with saffron, curd, mace powder, star anise, cashew nuts paste, and cooked over a slow fire with the ‘dum’ techniques of cooking. This is a nationwide popular dish.
Best place to have Lucknow Biriyani– The Mughal’s Dastarkhwan, Vivek Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
07 Nargisi Kofta
Nargisi kofta is basically egg stuffed inside mutton keema and deep-fried. These meatballs are then caramelized with onions, dry fruit paste, tomato puree to give them a unique flavor.
This is traditionally prepared as an iftar specialty dish during Ramzan.
Best place to have Nargisi Kofta- Moti Mahal Restaurant, Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
The famous Kashi Chaat Bhandar in Godowliya and the Kesari Chaat Bhandar in Nichibagh locality are famous all over Uttar Pradesh and have the best chaat that you will ever find across the country.
You will find a myriad of chaat and Gol Gappa (Pani Puri) sellers throughout the state.
Best place to have Chaat- Kashi Chat Bhandar, Godowlia Road, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, and Kesari Chat Bhandar, Shree Ganesh Dham’ Colony, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
09 Bati Chokha
Eastern Uttar Pradesh shares its borders with Bihar. Bati chokha is a signature dish of the state of Bihar. This recipe also finds its popularity among the local Uttar Pradesh folks.
Batisp is mud oven-baked bread while the chokha is made of mashed potatoes, brinjals, chilli, and tomatoes and has a beautiful taste.
Paired with desi ghee, chat masala, and green chutney the flavor of the taste increases manifold.
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10 Banarasi Paan
Famous all over the world, the Banarasi paan is an absolute delight after a heavy meal. It literally melts into the mouth and is an amalgamation of various flavors.
Traditionally the paan has cherries, gulkand, tutti frutti and is coated with silver foil and is best served cold.
Best place to have Benarasi Paan– Ramchandra Chaurasia Tambul Bhandar, Ash Bario, North Chowk, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
11 Pedha And Petha
The city of Mathura and Vrindavan is known for Pedha, a sweet delicacy made of mawa along with cardamom and saffron and decorated with silver foil and dry fruits.
Best place to have Pedha- Mohan Pedha, Malwa, Uttar Pradesh.
Petha is a delicacy of Agra made with white pumpkin soaked in water for a long time and then cooked in flavored sugar syrup.
Best place to have Petha- Agra Famous Petha, Tajganj , Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
12 Kulfi Falooda
Kulfi falooda is prepared by adding rose syrup, dry fruits, and vermicelli noodles to kulfi or ice cream. Lucknow is famous for its kulfi faloodas.
The Chandni Chowk of Lucknow is the best place for you to get the best kulfi faloodas in the country.
Best place to have Kulfi Falooda- Chandni Chowk Market, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
13 Shahi Tukda
A signature dish of the Awadh region, Shahi Tukda is a bread pudding made with bread, milk, saffron, cardamom, dried fruits, and sugar. This is a perfect dessert for royal dine.
Best place to have Shahi Tukda- The Mughal’s Dastarkhwan, Vivek Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
One of the tastiest Lucknawi desserts. Sheermal is a sweet Nan made with generous amounts of butter and honey. The dish originated in Iran and was brought to India by the Persians.
Uttar Pradesh is a land of legendary cuisine. You find multiple ways of cooking. Let your taste buds travel through this beautiful state of Uttar Pradesh.
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