A must-try when in Lucknow!
As a true-blue Lucknowite, you will relate to the fact that Makhan Malai is nothing short of a pure bliss on a cool winter day. To put it simply, this delicacy embodies the taste of both comfort and luxury melting in your mouth and if you haven't tried it yet, well, it is time! During your strolls amid the nooks and corners of famous markets in Lucknow, you'll find sellers beckoning you with their Makhan Malai thelas but if you want to taste the authentic tones of this dish, then you've to head to the Gol Darwaza in Chowk. Wrapped in a zaika like no other and generous slices of nazaakat, this one dessert is a must-try when in Lucknow.
A fine blend of assorted condiments & love
Street vendors selling Makhan Malai at Chowk
Also known as Daulat ki Chaat and Nimish, you've gotta satiate your winter cravings by embracing the goodness of this exclusive dessert and the moment it settles on your palate, you'll know instantly that there is no other sweet dish that can compare to this. The fine blend of milk, cream and an assortment of condiments topped with love, can all be tasted in each bite of it and surely, it is bound to nudge the epicure in you. Available only in winters, the dish has a mysterious bond with the season.
Street vendors wake up as early as 5 am to sell this delicacy
Interestingly, no machine is used in the entire process of its making- just traditional hand blenders are used to churn out the malai and tablespoons of tenderness coupled with patience, is required as well. Besides Lucknow, the delicacy can also be found in some parts of Delhi, Varanasi and Kanpur. Street vendors wake up as early as 5 AM to sell this delicacy in various localities of Lucknow and by mid-morning, it is usually sold out.
So next time you are in Chowk, relish a scoop of this irresistible winter delicacy and trust us, your foodie heart will fall for it within a jiffy! Makhan Malai portrays the elements of nafasat and a traditional charm, which will definitely linger in your mind for quite sometime. Step outside with a mask and feel the winter chills with your friends while mouthing a bowl of it- your day/evening will be absolutely sorted.