Allahabad and it’s food
Allahabad is a large metropolitan city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, a northern state in India.
Allahabad stands on the confluence of three sacred rivers the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati (the invisible) and so is very auspicious and sacred in terms of Hindu mythology.
Allahabad is also a judicial capital of Uttar Pradesh with Allahabad High Court, being the highest judicial body in the state.
Allahabad has known as a literary capital of the state also, as the world-famous writers and poets practiced their literary skills in Allahabad. Allahabad is noted for historic, cultural and religious tourism as well as for its street food.
- Alfred Park
- The Victoria and Thornhill Mayne memorials
- Allahabad Fort
- The Ashok pillar
- Minto Park
- Khusro Bagh
- Swaraj Bhawan
- Anand Bhawan
- Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela
- All Saints Cathedral
- Bade Hanuman ji
- Allahabad Museum
- Jawahar Planetarium
- University of Allahabad
Allahabad being an important city of Uttar Pradesh provides delicious foods to its visitors.
Allahabad does not have any unique cuisine in its name, but it has the typical North Indian cuisines cooked in delicious Allahabadi style.
In Allahabad, you get a taste of Mughlai as well as Awadhi cuisines in a perfect blend and balance.
The city had Mughal rulers, so we can have good Mughlai food in the restaurants.
Dum biriyani, kebabs and mutton recipes are specialties of Allahabad.
You can have fish preparations in Awadhi style.
Tandoori dishes are best of both veg and non-veg.
Street food paradise
Apart from the usual Mughlai and Awadhi cuisines, Allahabad is a street food paradise.
From spicy, to tangy to sweet, it has the entire range of culinary skills, making Allahabad most famous for street food.
1. Poori/ kachori, sabzi platter—
Mornings start’s with the breakfast of poori/ kachori, sabzi. Kachori is made with wheat flour filled with ground lentil and spices, and deep-fried. Vegetables are mainly potato in tomato gravy and pumpkin respectively, served with chutney and pickles.
Kachori is flaky and crispy.
The most famous Netram Sweets in Katra serves kachori with two types of vegetables, sweet&sour chatni (Sonth) made of tamarind, curd boondi raita and pickles.
2. Jalebi dahi
prepared in desi ghee and soaked in sugar syrup is also a morning delight, which is often eaten with fresh curd(
). This is also a part of breakfast.
Jalebi is so popular that it is prepared by almost every sweet shop in Allahabad every morning.
Allahabad is a ‘Chaat pilgrimage‘. It is a favorite street food delicacy of the people of Allahabad.
A Chaat lover must visit Allahabad.
Delicious Chaat outlets can be seen on every street at all marketplaces.
Chaat delicacies range from golgappa, aloo tikki, chic peas, dahi bada, Khasta, papri .
Some famous Chaat joints are–
Nirala Ki Chaat, near Lok Nath in Chowk. All their preparations are in desi ghee, which makes a lot of difference in taste.
Pandit ji ki Chaat , Colonel Ganj. They serve golgappa with different fillings. One of them is Sagoda pani.
Shiv Chaat Bhandar, bairana. Crispy aloo tikki and papri Chaat is their specialty.
Chaat joints in Civil Lines
A special ‘eat walking ‘ snack, just appropriate for leisurely walking and window shopping.
Churmura is made with laiya (puffed rice), boiled white and green peas, groundnut, cut onions, green chilies, lemon juice and spicy masala in just the right proportion of all the ingredients to get a perfect balance between crispy, tangy and spicy.
The Churmura is different from bhelpuri.One must have Churmura when go to Civil Lines.
5. Hari Namkeen and samosas, Lok Nath Gali (lane)
These Namkeen and samosas have a unique taste and flavor which nowhere can be had.
The samosas are not filled with potato, instead, they are filled with ground and fried lentil with special spices. These samosas can be kept for many days and still are fresh and delicious. Because of this quality and the unique taste and flavor, these samosas are much in demand throughout India as well as abroad.
6. Desserts and sweets
All the desserts of Allahabad are unmatched.
Lok Nath gali is the perfect place as a food gali.
Lassi is a beverage prepared with curd and sugar.
The Lok Nath lassi in a kulhad(earthen cup) with malai on top, is a total delight.
Kulfi is a frozen dessert made by condensing milk and adding sugar, dry fruits and aromatic spices. The Kulfi in Lok Nath gali is really delicious.
c. Dehati ke rasgulle
This rasgulla is actually Gulab jamun. These are very soft and delicious. The hot rasgulla (Gulab jamun) is a perfect dessert for winters.
d. Milk badaam with fruits
e. Sweets like motichoor ke laddoo and gari ki barfi
7.Masala chai, masala cold drink and paan
Lalloo Pan wala in Civil Lines is mainly a famous paan shop, but from the last about 40-45 years he has introduced the famous masala cold drink and masala chai, adding special spices in different cold drinks and tea. These are a must try drinks.
In Allahabad, every street and every market has its own variety of food, but there is something common everywhere in Allahabad, that is the Aura and the fragrance in the air that enchants everyone.
Some special cuisines of Allahabad households
Some vegetarian cuisines which are not street food, but are very popular among Allahabad households are—
Aloo dum — prepared with baby whole potatoes with spices and tomato/curd. This is used as a snack as well as a vegetable in main course. It has spicy, tangy and creamy taste.
Tahri— A delicious recipe of rice, cooked with potato, green peas, cauliflower and whole spices (garam masala) and sautéed in desi ghee. It is a popular dish cooked mostly in winters when fresh green peas and cauliflower flower are available. Tahri is a full meal, but often had with some accompaniments such as tomato, coriander chatni, curd and papad.
Nimona— A very delicious recipe prepared with fresh green peas. Green peas are crushed and sautéed with masala and tomato. Sometimes potatoes are added in the gravy. This recipe is best prepared in winters with fresh green peas
Allahabad is one of the most pious and Amazing places and also give to India the Icon and Celebrity of the Century – Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.
My trip to Allahabad could not get over without visiting the House where Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and the Famous writer, Poet and Educationist, Dr. Harivash Rai Bachchan, father of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan spent their initial days on Clive road in Allahabad.
So Allahabad in one place any foodie or traveler needs to visit in their Lifetime.