Awadhi Cuisine (Lucknowi)

The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. The city is also known for its Nawabi cuisine.

The bawarchis (chefs) and rakabdars (gourmet cooks) of Awadh invented the dum style of cooking or the art of cooking over a slow fire, which has become synonymous with Lucknow today.  Their spreads consisted of elaborate dishes such as kebabs, kormas, biryanis, kaliyas, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermal, roomali rotis, and warqi parathas. The richness of Awadh cuisine lies not only in the variety of cuisine but also in the ingredients used like mutton, paneer, and rich spices, which include cardamom and saffron.

Kebabs are the integral part of Awadhi cuisine.  Lucknow is proud of its Kebabs. There are several varieties of popular kebabs in Awadhi cuisine viz. Kakori Kebabs, Galawat ke Kebabs, Shami Kebabs, Boti Kebabs, Patili-ke-Kebabs, Ghutwa Kebabs and Seekh Kebabs are among the known varieties
Vegetarian kebabs include Dalcha Kebab, Kathal ke Kebab, Arbi ke Kebab, Rajma Galoti Kebab (kidney bean kebab cooked with aromatic herbs), Zamikand ke Kebab (Lucknowi yam kebabs), etc.

ITC Hotels ( Welcomhotel Dwarka)

Welcomhotel Dwarka, is an inclusive blend of contemporary design and International services standards, offering a unique experience to the customer. The hotel is a perfect expression of the locale and evokes both the warmth and the cosmopolitan panorama of the Capital City. The all day dining restaurant Pavillion 75, located adjacent to the lobby offers a wide range from Indian to International fare in a spacious and uber ambiance. ITC hotels have always been far ahead in innovating and producing something new for their customers in the F & B arena. To showcase something unique, Chef Akshay Malhotra with his team especially with his Lucknowi Chef Nafees has come up with a brand new idea. 

Lucknow has always been famous for its rich and diverse culture and cuisine. But we always think of non veg food, when we speak about Lucknow. Galawtis, kakoris, kormas and Tunde kebabs come to our mind, at the first instance. To change the perception and bring in something new, Chef has introduced the Shakahari Gharanas (vegetarian cuisine) of Lucknow. 
We were lucky enough to be a part of this rich heritage, last Sunday at their Brunch. OMG, what a lovely spread of dishes. Ranging from Ameena Bagh Ki Aloo Tikkia served with Chuara Chutney, Dali Ganj ke Zimikand Kebab, Fateh Ganj ki Lagan Ki Galawti, Emam Bara ki aloo chaat, Lal Bagh ki makhan Torai , Moti Nagar ke Bharwan Karele , Kidwai Nagar ki Soya Champ, Teli Bagh ke Taftaan, Bans Mandi ke Kamal Kakdi ka Salan, Chok ka Ulawe ke paranthe aut tawa sabzi,  Kesar Bagh ka Kushbu Zarda ,  Rakab Ganj ki Urad Dal Phulka.

The kebabs were really mouthwatering and melt in the mouth with lovely flavors and scent of aromatics. I loved the urad dal and the taftan (fermented dough flat bread). The Aaloo ki tikki was crispy and the chutneys were tangy. And yes how can we forget the inevitably delicious Biryani (vegetarian) which was really well made. The Ulawe keparnthe with the most delicious tawa subzi like Okra, Arbi, karela (stuffed) were fabulous

The Lucknowi fare is part of the regular brunch on offer. Wide range of dishes, Indian, continental, Italian etc. and now Lucknowi too. We are being spoit for choice. The variety of desserts on display is humongous, ranging from malpuas, gulab jamuns, and Bengali sweets to mousses, cakes and other sinful delights. Not to forget the hot and fresh Jalebis straight from the kadai on to our plates.

I am a hardcore non vegetarian, yet I liked this concept and would love to have more of such initiatives happening soon.  We expect a lot from ITC hotels as they have always been working on promoting Indian food and its ingredients.

Sunday Brunch with Lucknowi Fare – Rs.1395 /- ++  w/o Alcohol
                                               with Alcohol – 1595 /- ++

WelcomHotel Dwarka, New Delhi
Plot No.3, Sector-10, District Center, Dwarka, 
New Delhi - 110075.

Coverage By : Vickrham (vicky)
E mail : vickrham.m@gmail.com


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