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Debangana Sen Apr 01 2014

How to eat like a local in Lucknow?

Anupriya Bedi Apr 01 2014
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Lucknow is a foodie’s paradise and there should definitely be a checklist of must eat local food in Lucknow. The ‘City of Nawabs’ offers one with amazing options in Awadhi cuisine and the love for food is the reason of this royal city’s coverage on almost all travel food shows and magazines. So check out the hand picked list of most famous local dish in Lucknow and be ready to be taken on a gastronomic ride of your life.


Paya ki Nihari and Kulche at Haji Abdul Rahim Hotel

Nihari is a must eat local food in Lucknow. Started in 1890 by Haji Abdul Rahim Sahib and currently owned by Manzoor Ahmed and Mohamed Osama. Paya ki Nihari and kulcha is most recommended which is served at just INR 15. Apart from this particular dish, Galouti Kebabs, Seekh Kebabs and Kheer in dessert are also worth trying. You can also check the various popular Non Vegetarian eating joints to explore the non veg scene in the city.

Address: Opposite Tundey Kebabs, Chowk, Lucknow
Meal for two: INR 70- INR 100


Photo of Paya ki Nihari (by Miansari66)

Biryani at Wahid Biryani

Wahid Biryani is a must eat local food in Lucknow. They have been serving biryani since 1955 in Lucknow and has been in business from last 60 years. The biryani at Wahid is really popular and has been covered in many newspapers and food shows too. The USP is that is prepared by whopping 56 different masalas and is served at just INR 50. They are so popular that they have their stalls installed in Taj Mahotsav in Agra or Lucknow Mahotsav in the awadhi city itself

Address: Hazratganj
Meal for two: INR 50- INR 200


Photo of Wahid Ki Biryani (by Official Facebook Page)

Galouti Kebabs and Paratha at Tunday Kababi

Galouti Kebabs is one of the most famous local dish in Lucknow. Galouti Kebabs and the Paratha at an amazingly unbelievable price of INR 1 and INR 2 respectively is been served here at Tunday Kababi which is famously known as Mecca for the Non Vegetarians. Apart from the Galouti Kebabs, Chicken Korma and Biryani are also worth indulging in at this place. There is one more joint at Aminabad but this one is more authentic.

Address: Near Akbari Gate, Chowk
Meal for two: INR 10- INR 20


Photo of Galouti Kebabs (by Official Facebook Page)

Mutton Biryani at Lalla Biryani

Biryani is undoubtedly the most famous local dish in Lucknow. Lalla Biryani servesonly mutton biryani and not chicken biryani. Along with the biryani they also serve irresistible mutton delicacies like Mutton Korma and Mutton Kebabs.

Address: Chaupatiya Chauraha, Lucknow
Meal for two: INR 100-INR 150


Photo of Mutton Biryani (by Number55)

Pani Ka Batasha & Dahi Batasha at Royal Cafe

Royal Cafe is really famous for chaat which is a must eat local food in Lucknow apart from the non vegetarian delicacies. Golgappas as we call them in Delhi are famously known as Pani ka Batasha in lucknow wherein they put mashed chana called ‘matara’ in golgappas. They also serve Dahi Batasha at just INR 20 and Kanji Vada at INR 15 which is a must try when you are here.

Address: Hazratganj
Meal for two: INR 50-INR 100


Photo of Dahi Batasha (by Official Facebook Page)


Malai ki Gilori at Ram Asrey

Malai ki Gilori at Ram Asrey Sweets is one of the most famous local dish in Lucknow. Pista Barfi is also really famous here apart from the Gilori.

Address: 315/87, Ban Wali Gali Chowk, Lucknow
Meal for two: INR 100


Photo of Malai ki Gilori (by Official Website)

Poori Aloo at Vajpayee & Sons

Give your day a yummy start with Poori Aloo and Chane ki Sabzi at Vajpayee & Sons. Its a really small kiosk and one of the few popular vegetarian eating joints in the city. It serves great Poori Aloo along with the spicy and masaledar Chane ki Sabzi.

Address: Near Hazratganj, On the lane that goes to Park Inn Hotel
Meal for two: INR 30- INR 50


Photo of Poori Aloo (by Gourmet India)

Sheermals at Sheermal Ki Gali

Sheermals available in Lucknow are simply out of this World and is a really popular food in the city. This is definitely the must eat local food in Lucknow. Sheermals literally means sheer(milk)and mal (ghee) that's basically a chapati (Flat Bread) made of these 2 ingredients and saffron added to it to give it a orange color.

Address: Sheermal Ki Gali near Chowk
Meal for two: INR 50


Photo of Sheermals (by Official Facebook Page)

Khoya Laddoo at Haji Sweet Shop

Haji Sweet Shop is a really famous sweet shop in Lucknow from last 50 years and still sells sweets at an unbelievable INR 1. There is always a long queue at his shop for the sweets like Khoya ke Laddoo. Apart from Khoya Laddoo there Besan ke Laddoo, Doodh Barfi, Milk Cake, Kalakand, Andarse ki Goli, Suhaal etc. are also really popular amongst the people with sweet tooth.

Address: Nadan Mahal Road, Nakkhas
Meal for two: INR 200- INR 300


Photo of Khoya Laddoo (by Pallavi Anvekar)

Thandai at Pandit Raja Ki Mashoor Thandai

Thandai at Pandit Raja is one of the most famous local dish in Lucknow. You can add bhang also to this thandai. So come here and have this refreshing cooler at a place that had guests like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pandit Nehru in the past.

Address: Chowki Chauraha
Meal for two: INR 50


Photo of Thandai (by Official Facebook Page)

Laddoos and Kulfi at Chanakya

Chanakya ki Kulfi and Chanakya Ke Laddoo are definitely the must eat local food in Lucknow. They have interesting food related poetry on the walls which is a fun sight to behold. Also try out another really popular Kulfi joint named Prakash Kulfi in Aminabad.

Address: Near K.D.Singh Babu Stadium
Meal for two: INR 50- INR 100


Photo of Chanakya Kulfi (by Official Facebook Page)

Mango Paan at Mehrotra Paan

Lucknawi Paan is one of the most famous local dish in Lucknow. You would get myriad variety of Paan all over Lucknow at the Paan shops. Mangos are equally famous in Lucknow so when these two popular ingredients come together, you are on a delightful gastronomic ride. So, Mango Paan at Mehrotra Paan Corner is definitely worth a try!


Photo of Mango Paan (by Official Facebook Page)


Sweet Lassi at Shiv Bhandar

The Sweet Lassi served in Kulhara is a must do on the list of must eat local food in Lucknow. Shiv Bhandar serves this lassi only for 3 months during summers so make sure you get a hold of this Kulhar of delicious lassi

Address: Teesri Gali Modh, Opp Nishatganj Police Chowki, Nishatganj
Meal for two: INR 50-INR 100


Photo of Sweet Lassi (by Official Facebook Page)


Chicken Masala and Paratha at Dastarkhwan

Chicken Masala and Paratha at Dastarkhwan is one of the famous local dish in Lucknow. Another really popular dish is Chicken Korma which is highly recommended. This restaurant serves some of the best and authentic non vegetarian food in the Awadhi city.

Address: Bisheshwanath Road, Lalbagh, Lucknow
Meal for two: INR 100-INR 300


Photo of Chicken Masala (by Biswarup Ganguly)

Naushijaan

Naushijaan is a paradise for the Non Veg lovers and is a must visit place for the foodies. Murg Dum Pukht, Dum Pukht Biryani, Kakori Kebabs, Majlesi Kebabs, Pasanda Kababs and Seekh Parantha.. the list is endless. So, do take some good time out and wear loose clothes so that you can dig into all these irresistible must eat local food in Lucknow.

Address: Tulsi Theatre Complex, Hazratganj
Meal for two: INR 200- INR 500


Photo of Galouti Kebabs (by Official Facebook Page)


So the next time you are in Lucknow do not worry about where to eat like a Lucknowi and keep checking out the things on this handpicked list of must eat local food Lucknow. You can also check out the popular eating joints in Lucknow. So, If you have some more interesting places where one can indulge in the Lucknowi cuisine and get into a food coma literally, than I am all ears to your suggestions!

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