NDTV Cooks, Modified: May 29, 2014 15:49 IST
Indulge in the true flavors of local ingredients and relish the tastes from the most fascinating northern state, Uttar Pradesh which boasts of an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights.
The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is just as diverse as its geography. Ranging from every day classics like sabziyon ki tehari to a princely lakhnavi spread, this diverse state nestles the most exotic recipes in its kitty. Delectable delicacies like chaat, samosa and pakora, that top the most popular street food charts in all of India, are native to this state. State cuisines from Uttar Pradesh have absorbed and adapted a variety of dishes to create an entire smorgasbord of authentic recipes.
The state is famous for its royally delicious Nawabi food. Cooking techniques in Uttar Pradesh were greatly influenced by Mughal's. The cuisine of northern Uttar Pradesh is very different from the classic Mughlai food of Delhi. The Nawabs of Oudh were great gourmets and encouraged their master chefs to create new culinary styles. The famous recipes of Lucknow are 'tunda kebabs' and 'kakori kebabs' flavored with rich spices and seeds.
The main genre of Uttar Pradesh cuisine is Awadhi, and the cooking patterns of the state are similar to those of the rest of Northern India. The Awadhi cuisine of Uttar Pradesh bears similarities to those of Kashmir and Punjab.
Let your taste buds travel through Uttar Pradesh with these recipes. Here are our 10 best-loved recipes that we think are a must try!
Bharwan Chicken Pasanda
A true blue royal delicacy - hearty and wholesome. Chicken breasts stuffed with a rich khoya-cheese mixture and drizzled with a luscious coconut-cashew sauce. It's richness lies in the variety of ingredients and spices including cinnamon, ginger and cardamoms.
This one's a winner on the dinner table. It can be served dried as kebabs or with a thick gravy which goes well with basmati rice.
Arhar ki Dal
Nothing spells comfort like some steaming arhar dal drizzled on a plateful of rice. A simple everyday classic recipe. Even a novice cook can master it. Every household in the State is sure to have it's own version.
A famous Nawabi recipe from Lucknow passed down through generations. It derives its name from the city of Kakori on the outskirts of Lucknow. It is made with the finest meat of the lamb and a few spices.
Bhindi ka Salan
This recipe is native to the Mughlai cuisine. Marut Sikka tweaks the authentic 'Mirch ka Salan' and uses lady fingers instead. Crispy fried bhindi dipped in a zingy yogurt based gravy with a melange of spices.
A quick and easy indulgent fare. Be it festive occasions or one of those breezy afternoons, aloo-puri is an all-time favorite food.
An Indian flat bread known to have originated in Uttar Pradesh. Paired with potato curry or chana (chole) its makes for a happy combination. Crisp and fluffy, the puris are made with whole wheat flour and urad dal.
Allahabad ki Tehri
A simple and speedy one pot meal for those lazy days. With the goodness of basmati rice and a melange of veggies, this recipes makes for a satisfying meal.
Baingan ki Lonje
This one's a specialty from Benaras. Brinjals stuffed with an onion and spice mix and shallow fried.
Rustic, char grilled flavors dominate this recipe. Minced meat marinated and cooked with a range of spices in mustard oil. Dum is a style of slow cooking.
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