48 hours are never enough to experience the range of culinary gems that Lucknow has to offer. However, for those pressed for time here’s an ultimate guide to packing in the most of Lucknow’s gastronomy in two days.
Breakfast, Lunch or Brunch
Lakhnawis love their breakfast as much as they love the biryani and kababs. More often than not, this meal consists of things that are deep-fried—khasta, kachori and jalebis. Start your day early and head straight to Durga Khasta Corner on Latouche Road. The shop is almost half a century old and sells khasta (deep-fried and crisp bread with lentil stuffing) and bada, which is made of lentils. This is served with pasty white pea curry, spicy fried potatoes, sliced onions and a green chilli.
A short walk away from Durga Khasta Corner is Netram Ajay Kumar, one of the oldest shops in Aminabad famous for its kachoris (deep-fried dal stuffed puris) which are served with potato curry, pumpkin sabzi, bottle gourd raita and sweet chutney. Everything here is made in ghee including the crisp and syrupy jalebis.
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There are quite a few strong contenders for chaat in Lucknow and almost every locality has a favourite. However, for the best and oldest of Lucknow head to Dixit Chaat House in One Awadh Centre. This is the original Dixit ji of Chowk (the ones there now offer a watered down version of the original, thanks to a family feud) who has now opened his shop in the courtyard of a shopping mall. Everything here is made in ghee and you must try the matar ki tikki, aloo tikki, pani ke batashe with their special anaar ka paani and round it off with kulfi topped with falooda.
Shree Kalika Chaat House, a 125 year-old shop in Aminabad is another favourite. Their papdi chaat topped with potato, white peas, chutney and lime juice is unparalleled in all of Lucknow.
Dive in the Kormas
The unassuming Alamgir in Aminabad is often overshadowed by the glitzy Tunday. The restaurant is famous for its brain masala and bund gosht where mutton mixed with spices is sealed and cooked for hours. Mop up the kormas and stews with roomali roti. Wrap it up with kulfi at Prakash Kulfi just a few steps away from Alamgir.
Winters are certainly the best time to visit Lucknow and to enjoy the full spectrum of the city’s food. On cold mornings, you’ll find the market lined with hawkers selling makkhan malai (hand churned butter topped with saffron flavoured malai) and black carrot halwa. Add a bit more sugar to your day and head to Ram Asrey for their malai gilori (thin sheet of malai folded like paan and stuffed with sweet filling).
Make your way to Phool Wali Galli in Chowk to eat the legendary nihari at Rahim’s. While it’s available all through the day, the nihari (slow-cooked stew of mutton or beef) is Lucknow’s traditional breakfast eaten with kulcha (local flatbread with soft and fluffy base and puff pastry like crust). To burn those calories you gained from the nihari, walk around for a bit of shopping. Lucknow is famous for its Chikankari work and you’ll find plenty of shops in Chowk selling Chikan kurtas and sarees.
Pack In That Evening Snack
After the sleep inducing nihari, we’d suggest you take it easy for lunch and head to Sharma Tea Stall for early evening snack. The chai here is supposed to be one of the best in Lucknow. Have a hot cuppa with bun makkhan (soft sweetish buns slathered with white butter) and samosa. It’s also a great place for some people watching.
Kababs and Biryani
For your last meal (of this trip) in Lucknow, I would suggest you take a walk in the Chowk area. Start from the Akbari Gate stop at Mubeen’s for the pasanda kababs. Pasanda is thin, ribbon like cut of meat which is pounded to be flattened further, marinated in spices and cooked on charcoal. Best way to have it is with sheermal (a sweet crusty bread). Next stop, Tunday Kebabi in a narrow street going towards Gol Darwaza. Unlike the Aminabad and other outlets of this legendary kabab joint, the Chowk outlet of Tunday serves only beef galawat kebabs and paratha. Call it a day with the mutton biryani at Lalla Biryani at Chaupatiyan Chauraha.
Stroll around Rumi Darwaza and Bada Imambara (the monuments are lit up once the sun goes down) in the evening to experience Sham-e-Awadh.
What to Bring Back
Ram Asrey in Chowk is famous for its dalmoth generously packed with fried cashews. Take a walk in Raja Bazaar where you’ll find various kinds of sev and other savoury snacks. The hing flavoured sev is a must buy. Get yourself a box of butter biscuit at Burma Biscuit Co. in Aminabad (they also have an outlet in Hazratganj).
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