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Lucknow - A Gourmand's Heaven

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

They say the dishes my by the Lucknow Nawabi cooks are timeless in taste. The flavours have withstood the test of time and the changing tastes of people. The Kebabs and fruits of Lucknow can leave you craving for more.

If there is one city that has carefully deviated its conduct from recent modern developments, it is the traditional abode of Lucknow, which is still a crowd puller in the largest state of India – Uttar Pradesh. Still recanting in the rich history and grand culture from its earliest days of tracing, Lucknow has managed to retain a special flavor common to the erstwhile rulers of bygone eras.

Discovering the Flavours of Lucknow

Lucknow is distinct and unique in its cuisines. The food habits and popular dishes are heavily influenced by that of the Mughal cuisines. A legacy of the royal chefs of those times, still runs through the city. The style of cooking during these times was known as the Dum style; this type of cooking is generally done at a low flame. It requires the right blend of spices and preserving the aroma of the food.

Lucknow – The Foodie’s Delight

Other than the above mentioned ones, if there is one attribute that sounds synonymous with the name of Lucknow, it is the local delicacies and preparations. Even in today’s multi-cultured lifestyles of urban India, if there’s one address that is sworn with taste and appetizing, it’s that of Lucknow.

The most popular dishes in Lucknow from the Mughal era are kaliya, nahari-kulchas, kormas, zarda, roomali roti, sheermal, warqi parathas. The kebabs and various non-vegetarian delights prepared in the city are Shami kebabs, Boti kebabs, Kakori kebabs, Ghutwa kebabs, Hariyali kebabs, Patili-ke-Kebabs, Seekh kebabs and the Soorma Kebabs. 

These dishes have been preserved since the Mughal era and still continue to entice the taste buds of foodies from all over the world. The kebab meat balls are a popular cuisine even in the western countries.


Lucknow – the Fruit Haven

Some of the rare fruits that have a spellbinding taste and satiating ability are found only in and around Lucknow. The ‘Lucknow ki Bibi’ is a small rotund breed of melon that is found just for about 6/7 weeks only in Lucknow and scores high with its consumer base despite the astronomical price tag it carries. 

Other variations of papaya, sweet lime, custard apple and grapes from adjoining areas are world famous and form a significant part of fruit exports. During the summertime, mangoes are harvested in bulk that cater to all of India and are still available for exports.


Rich Cuisines of Lucknow

From the majestic times of Mughal sultanate to the disciplined lifestyle during the British colonialism, the present day monarchs have managed to retain the swagger and elite sense of taste in the local gourmets. With a highly satiating effect on the taste buds, the mouth-watering curries of heavily mashed masala and finger-licking menus are surely a foodie’s delight.

The tempting aromas of rich ingredients and extremely popular cuisines have carved a different position for Lucknow in the hearts of its patrons. The times have changed but the demand for yet another relishing plate has not quite gone the distance yet.

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