10 Best Street Food You Must Try In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

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Devyanshi Tripathi
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Devyanshi Tripathi

Being one of the oldest cities in India, Lucknow is rich in heritage, culture, and art. Once you set foot here, be prepared to be mesmerized by the city’s beautiful landscape and impressive architectural landmarks. Also, just like the rest of the country, the people of Lucknow are known to be very friendly! Other than beautiful historical sites and courteous locals, Lucknow is also famous for its delicious cuisine. In fact, it is a sin to visit Lucknow and not try its mouthwatering street food. But don’t take my words, try them yourself! Find out the best street food you must try in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

1. Basket chaat (fried potato nest with fillings)

Basket Chat
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Chaat is a dish made of potato cuts and spices that are combined with tangy Indian chili and a sauce made of dried ginger and tamarind. It is then garnished with yogurt and green coriander leaves. Every state or city in India has its own version of this dish, including Lucknow. The difference between basket chaat and the regular one is, instead of plates, the chaat in served in a potato nest or basket. This savory hors d'oeuvre uses a handful of spices as its main ingredients, thus creating a blend of sweet and sour taste that will definitely leave you wanting more.

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2. Galouti kebab

galouti kebab
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Lucknow is almost synonymous with kebabs; the kebabs here are tasty! Kebab sellers are present at every corner of the city. There are so many different types of kebabs, but the king of the lot is the delicious melt-in-your-mouth galouti kebab. The word ‘galouti’ means “melts in your mouth” - this is true because galouti kebabs are so succulent they dissolve in your mouth the second you bite into them. It is a delicacy cooked using blended minced meat, a mix of aromatic spices, and papaya. This mixture creates a unique taste that distinguishes this kebab from the others. The most famous vendor of galouti kebab is Tunday Kababi, the place has been serving kebab since 1877!

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3. Shahi tukda (fried bread with creamy sauce)

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Shahi Tukda is a dessert made of sugar-coated fried bread soaked in sweet condensed milk and topped with dry fruits. In the past, this dessert used to be a special delicacy served only to the royalties of India. ‘Shahi’ means royal, whereas 'tukda’ means a piece. Put the two words together and you will find that this dessert means 'a royal piece.’ Indeed, a piece of shahi tukda will give you a taste of royalty. Its creamy, sweet, and rich taste will make you long for another bite!

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Malai Bhog is a famous sweet dish of Lucknow that you can find near every popular attraction. Vendors stand out with covered cauldrons kept on ice that keeps the dish cold. It has sweetness comparable to that of an ice cream but with extra nuts and a silky smooth “malai” texture that leaves you craving more. It’s an authentic flavor of Lucknow that one must try on their visit to this city. 

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4. Biryani (aromatic mix of rice and spices)

Lucknowi's Famous Dum Biryani
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Even though the entire country has an endless choice of food to offer but when it comes to biryani, it is said that the best ones can be found in Lucknow. The biryani here is scrumptious as it is cooked in a pot full of fragrant spices as well as herbs and served with juicy chunks of well-cooked meat. You can choose between chicken or mutton biryani, both are equally delicious!

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5. Chole bhature (fried flat bread with spicy chickpea curry)

Chola bhatura
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The dish is a meal comprised of two items: ‘chole’ which is a spicy curry made of chickpeas, and 'bhature’ which is a type of fried flatbread, deep-fried to get a massive fluff. The best way to enjoy this dish is to have it for breakfast or for lunch. Wash it down with a drink of lassi to flush away the spice. Some people say nothing can satisfy hunger better than a spicy plate of chole bhature. After tasting this you’ll agree as well!

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6. Chicken shawarma (pita bread with chunks of meat)

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Shawarma is a dish that originates in the Middle East. However, it is quite popular in India, and as a result, in Lucknow. There are two types of shawarma, beef, and chicken. The meat shawarma consists of chunks of meat marinated in garlic sauce seated atop a pita bread. A plate of chicken shawarma is made up of skewered chicken, complemented with salads and dressings, and a flattened bread. Both the chicken and the beef shawarma come with a tasty yogurt condiment.

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7. Poori-kachori (bowl-shaped bread with fillings)

Urad Dal ki Kachori while making
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Poori-kachori or more commonly known as urad dal puri or urad dal kachori is a North Indian snack. This fried puffed bread mixed with spices and lentils is a delicious choice for sides or snacks. Usually, locals throng the food stalls that sell this food item in the morning and during lunch, as for them, this dish is nice to munch down during those hours!

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8. Pav bhaji (smaller buns with spicy vegetable mash)

Delicious pav bhaji
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A plate of pav bhaji is comprised of a spicy vegetable puree and soft butter-fried buns. Most of the time pav bhaji is served with chopped onions, lemon slice, and butter. However, usually, different vendors offer different sides. Some even generously garnish it with grated paneer and carrots. In short, this dish is a must-try!

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9. Momo (dumpling)

Cabbage momos with sepen sauce!
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Originally a Tibetan food, momo is a very popular food which you can find easily in the streets of India. It is not to be confused with Chinese dumplings, because although it looks similar to it, the two are totally different dishes. You can find many variations of momo with different vendors. Some use chicken or lamb meat for stuffing, whereas others use vegetarian-friendly options such as vegetables and tofu. If you feel like going on an adventure to find your favorite version of momo, you should visit Topkhana Market. The area is so abundant in momo vendors, you’ll want to eat until you drop!

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10. Sheermal

Sheermal Kabab
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Sheermal is a sweet bread, with a texture similar to a Danish, eaten in North India and is of Persian origin. It is prepared like the popular naan bread but with a few exceptions such as the use of warm milk, and spices such as cardamom and saffron. It can be eaten as a sweet bread paired with a cup of chai with more savory foods such as kebabs.

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Lucknow is a haven for gastronomes

Lucknow is without a doubt a haven for local and international gastronomes. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will think twice before visiting this beautiful town and plan your days to accommodate your culinary trip to try all the aforementioned food. Take your time to discover which one is your favorite. Don’t forget to share your experience with others so they have a chance to enjoy these street food too!

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