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5 dishes from around Lucknow's Akbari Gate which are synonymous to the city's culinary scene

Your food tour in Lucknow would count only on the peripheries if you haven't explored these delish dishes.

Lucknow's Akbari gate is not just a focal point for the architectural wonders from history but it also stands at the centre of a heritage food circle serving the most sumptuous varieties of Awadhi cuisine. Your food tour in Lucknow would count only on the peripheries if you haven't explored the delish dishes around here. The eateries encircling Akbari Gate have successfully preserved the authentic taste and stood the test of time; both in equal measures! Here is a list of five succulent savouries close to Akbari Gate that promise your palate absolute joy and contentment.


Kulcha Nihari at Raheem's

If you are not a newbie in Lucknow, it is impossible that you haven't tasted Kulcha Nihari already. This delectable dish will melt instantly in your mouth, delivering a magical experience. Wishing to have a rendezvous with the ancient flavours from Awadh? Then, you simply can't miss this dish. Beautifully etched in the childhood nostalgia of all Lucknowites, Paya Nihari is most enjoyed during winters.

Biryani at Idrees Biryani

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A look at this drool-worthy Biryani will make all your calorie-care go away. If you have had enough of Hyderabadi and Malabar Biryanis, this is your platter of the famous Awadhi Biryani. Prepared using the refined traditional techniques, this Biryani has become a part and parcel of the sprawling table of Lucknavi cuisine. If you happen to stroll around Chowk, make sure to rejoice in this explosion of the ultimate flavours!

Kebabs at Tunday Kebab

"Lucknow without Kebabs is like Venice without a boat ride!" Yes, you read that right. That's how engrained Kebabs are in Lucknow's food heritage. Designed for satiating the cravings of a toothless Nawab, Kebabs have almost become synonymous with Lucknow. Be it authenticity or taste, nothing beats the Kebabs found at the rich old Tunday. From the appetizing 'Galauti' to the scrumptious 'Kakori', the myriad options available here will find you asking for more!

Pasanda Kebab at Mubeen's

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Lucknowites can never have enough of Kebabs. And when it comes to varieties, you will only be perplexed! Here's one of our favorites, the Pasanda Kebab at Mubeen's. Often enjoyed with the flaky Mughlai parantha, these Kebabs promise you an experience of a lifetime. If you devour on these flavourful Kebabs once, the unmatched impression on your taste buds would bring you here again & again!

Tikka Kaleji at the roadside stall

If you ask a non-vegetarian about their top favourite? We wonder what would they say if not Kaleji! Found in one of the by-lanes of Chowk near Tunday Kebabs, the irresistible dish at the Tikka Kaleji stall shines like one of the brightest stars in the galleria of Lucknow's street foods. Whether you are a food junkie or a first-time explorer, you would swear by the unbeatable flavours of the Kaleji right at your first bite!

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If the pictures have enticed you enough, this is the right time to plan your food trail. All these decadent delicacies guarantee you, undoubtedly the best experiences. Trudge through the streets of Chowk around Akbari gate and nibble on the piquant tangs of the authentic Awadhi cuisine!

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