Attention Readers :
If you are foodoholic and can’t stop your self from eating some delicious food, please be cautious!!!!!!!!!! Soon you have to take a off from work because once you finish reading the story I am sure you will rush to the streets of Lucknow. 😛 😛 😛
Friends I have been at the city for 2 days, i went to every corners of the city and each streets had unique and delicious food to serve to me.
It was not possible to share the story in single blog so I have to make the series of Lucknow food walk where in each blog I will try and share Lucknow food stories
Lucknow food tales: A story on the culinary capital of India – Part 1
If you have a foodie heart even 1% you should not miss to visit the city of Nawaab’s Lucknow which is also known as the Culinary Capital of India. I have been there for 2 days and i have tried to explore most of the food joints of the city.
I took auto / tuktuk to explore the city as these people are more connected with every corners of the city, while having a conversation with him he was filmy…lollzz… he said Bhaiya subha ka nasta bajpayee poori bhandaar main kariyega dophar ko dastarkhawan jana, raat ko rahim bhai ke nihari ka swad lijyega. or ha nimish or malai paan ka swaad bhi chakiyega
OMG !! He gave me a long list and I was at the city for 2 days so i decided to explore the city and food according to the locations.
But to start with morning breakfast i started with Bajpayee Kachori Bhandar
Bajpayee Kachori Bhandar:
You don’t need any 5 star class service to serve delicious food or ambiance to make your follower. All you need is simplicity in mind and a good heart, Bajpayee sahaab is a perfect example for my aforesaid lines.
They serve the food in a very small shop of not more than 10*10 sqft, but look at the fans of the counter who are in love with the food they serve. It is been said many a times the shop has a queue of 500 meters who wait for their turn to buy the kachoris or puri sabji.
Bajpayee kachori bhandaar was been started by Mr. Bal Kishan Bajpaye who came to Lucknow in early 70′, during then he used to work for a mill. Once he came with an idea to start his own shop selling Indian food. From then to now his son’s managed to won the hearts of the people in the city and even among the tourist.
They serve kachoris, khasta’s , puri with aalo & chole ki sabji, and chole bhature. Honestly the taste of the food is from the simplicity and the fresh ingredients he uses makes the food the tastiest. The poori is served along with aaloo chole sabji, the poori’s were crisp and fried in refined oil and sabji was cooked with simple Indian spices.
Cost: Honestly the poori and sabji had a unforgetable home style like taste, and it is priceless but to quantify it , 1 plate of poori sabji will cost you Rs. 40.
Where: The shop is at Shahnajaf Road, Hazratganj
Click link to get the direction : Bajpayee Kachori Bhandar
Tunday Kababi :
So we are talking about a dish which is in the hall of fame in the world of delicious food. Even when you ask the people of Lucknow about the city they will answer in their own unique manner, Sahab Lucknow main 3 chize Bari famous hai ek Tehzeeb (manners), dusra Chikankari (Lucknavi Embroidery) or teesra famous Tunday Kababi.
Read More : TUNDAY KABABI : LUCKNOW FOOD SERIES
Nimish – a melt in mouth dessert :
Nimish also known as Makhan Malai at Mathura and even Daulat ki Chaat at Delhi.
I dont know much about this dessert, it has been originated at Mathura city but believe me this dessert may have been given to us direct from heaven.
As soon as you take a scoop it melts and vanishes in your mouth.
Forget about the quote of the brand lays which says “No one just can have one”. This dessert is a shere example of this proverb.
You will try to hold it in your mouth but it will vanish and ask you for another scoop.
While talking to the Atul a pheriwala who sells Nimish from past 10 years told me about the dessert. He told Bhaiya(brother) Nimish is originally known as Makhan malai the favourite food of Kanha Ji (Lord krishna) and originated in mathura later then it came to Lucknow and offered to Nawab’s who liked it a lot.
Learning about the dessert Atul told that, the delicacy vanishes in mouth within seconds but it takes hours to make Makhan Malai. It is winter delight where it is made by man and the nature itself.
The process starts every afternoon where his mother boils milk at low fire chulah (stove) of cow dung cake, then fresh cream is added in the boiling milk, there after again its boiled. Once the mixture cools down completely, it is kept hung under evening sky for 8-9 hours. Here the mother nature nurturers the dessert with dew.
The dew exposed mixture is churned again for 2-3 hours, by then around 4 am in the morning its time for Atul himself to start his job where he again turn on the chulah to boil milk for getting the malai.
Then he add sugar, yellow food colour in the layers of the mixture. Finally the melt is mouth desert is in final stage, there after he travels to chowk bazaar and to serve the magical Nimish.
A layer of silver work and dry fruit is placed on the top.
Where: You may find many ferry wala’s selling Nimish in the chowk sqaure lucknow and during the evening time you may find it near Roomi Darwaza.
Cost : 1 plate of Nimish will cost Rs. 25.
It was all about the series 1 of Lucknow food walk……………
Be cautious do not care of the calories when you are in the city of Nawabs 😉 😉 the food you will eat will be rich in fat and carbs, but trust me it is rightly said kuch carbs ache hote hai…. lollzz……