'The city of Nawabs' is deep-rooted in its royal culture that has bestowed us with some opulent foods. Many of these foods also went on to make their mark far and wide, across borders. A visit to Lucknow is incomplete without tasting the local cuisine. The robust flavours, rich aroma and distinct style of cooking - a myriad of factors come together to make Lucknowi cuisine a class apart. Even a simple dish, as basic as dal, develops a mystery around it in Lucknow and sometimes, you can't really put a finger on what made it so distinct.
Sultani dal is one such popular dal from Lucknow that is nothing like other dals you are used to having in other parts of the country. This dal reflects the traditional Mughlai flavours that are rich, fragrant and creamy. This dal is made with arhar dal (or toor dal), which is cooked in a bed of milk, cream and yogurt and topped with a tempering of onion and chillies.
Arhar dal is popularly made in Uttar Pradesh. Image Credit: iStock