10 Best Lakhnawi Recipes

   |  Updated: September 19, 2016 17:05 IST

10 Best Lakhnawi Recipes
  • 'The city of Nawabs' is like a quintessential gourmet central.
  • The cooking technique usually incorporates the'dum style'.
  • There is a wide variety of kebabs, Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian

Lucknow is known for its nawabi heritage, architectural brilliance and some of the most royal relishes. 'The city of Nawabs' is like a quintessential gourmet central for every food enthusiast. The traditional food of Lucknow was highly patronized by the nawabs of Lucknow during their time, thus giving it a royal touch. The royal chefs and cooks were trained to render an exquisite culinary spread, fit for nawabi taste. If you happen to be in Lucknow, you are sure to gorge on some of the richest and most royal preparations that the country can offer.

Lakhnawi cuisine is delightful, especially for a non-vegetarian. You have a wide range of kebabs, parathas, brilliant naans, mouth-watering kachoris, creamy kulfis and many more scintillating preparations like kormas, kaliya, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermal, roomali rotis and warqi parathas to appease your taste buds. The cooking technique usually incorporates the 'dum style' where the food is cooked over a low flame. The balanced blend of spices and the use of aromatic and fiery masalas like saffron, red chilli, cinnamon, cardamom, etc,  give Lucknawi food a distinct flavour. It is not just about the ingredients that simmer in the cooking  pot, but also the way they are cooked and the meticulously elaborate way in which the final dish is presented.  It is a skill that has been acquired by rigorous practice and is something that has been carried down by generations over the years.

When it comes to street food, Lucknawi chaat is one of the best in the country and the kebabs are some of the most authentic preparations. The meat is marinated in exotic spices and char-grilled to perfection. Cooked either in a tandoor or a barbeque grill, kebabs are the appetising companions to any meal, an apt start to a royal feast. There is a wide variety of kebabs for vegetarians as well: you can bite on the scrumptious dalcha kabab, kathal kekebab and zamikand ke kabab. For meat lovers, you can choose your pick from boti kebabs,shammi kebabs, galouti kebabs, kakori kebabs and do not forget to try the classic tunday kebabs.

Want to re-create the nawabi platter for your dinner table? We have put together a royal menu in Lakhnawi andaaz, learn, cook and experience the brilliance of Lakhnawi food.

1. Galouti Kebab
Recipe by Niru Gupta

Kebabs are an all time favorite food in Lucknow. Try these delicious kebabs flavored with hot spices and peppercorns, sprinkled with lemon juice.


2. Chicken Shammi Kebab
Recipe by Akhtar Rehman, Foodistan

Juicy chicken kebabs mixed with chana dal and aromatic spices, smeared with eggs and fried crisp.

3. Sheermal
Recipe by Niru Gupta

Golden dough made of flour, sugar, milk and flavored with saffron, cooked until brown and served brushed with ghee.


4. Dum Murg ki Kacchi Biryani
Recipe by Aditya Bal

Marinated chicken flavored with saffron, milk and a host of masalas, combined with rice to cook up a steaming biryani.

5. Kaju Curry
Recipe by Niru gupta

A Lucknawi delight, your favorite vegetables are cooked with nuts and khoya gravy, garnished fresh with coriander leaves and served hot!

kaju curry

6. Kakori Kebab
Recipe by Niru gupta

These melt-in-your-mouth kebabs are a star of Lucknawi dinner parties! Minced lamb or mutton is smeared with a luscious marinade of aromatic spices and grilled beautiful. It derives its name from the city of Kakori on the outskirts of Lucknow.

kakori kebab

7. Dum Aloo Lakhnavi
Recipe by Andy

Crispy fried potatoes stuffed with paneer and traditional spices, blended with savory tomato, onion gravy and served hot.

8. Murg Shahi Korma
Recipe by Niru Gupta

Creamy chicken curry, with a distinct nutty taste, laced with piquant spices. This is one of the traditional royal recipes of the Lucknawi cuisine.

chicken korma

9. Pasanday
Recipe by Niru Gupta

Mutton is cooked till tender in a marinade of fiery spices, gravy and garnished with cream and almonds. This one is an absolute crowd pleaser.

10. Shahi Tukda with Pineapple
Recipe by Marut Sikka

CommentsFairly easy to make, Shahi tukda is a rich and delicious blend of saffron infused milk, bread and pineapple garnished with almonds and pistachios.

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