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.
the Flavours of Lucknow
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 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.
– 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.
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
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.