Allahabad, officially known as Prayagraj, one of the holiest cities of India, also referred to as the ‘Abode of Gods’, is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Kumbh Mela, organised here is the best time to get a glimpse of Hindu rituals and culture. Moreover, it’s a paradise for food enthusiasts and a chance to enjoy the Mughlai cuisine of North India. Let’s take a look at some popular Allahabadi dishes:
While people all over the world start their day with tea, Allahabadis enjoy tandoori chai, especially in winters served in kulhads, the earthen pots pour chai with extra spices and are roasted in clay, over measured temperature. The hot earthen pot adds flavors to the tea, making it even tastier.
2. Masala Churmura
Every city offers special snacks available at any time of the day all over the street stalls. Allahabad’s masala Churmura is our go-to snack. It’s made by puffed rice, spices, chickpeas, peanuts providing us a spectacular dish to munch all day long.
3. Kathi Rolls
If you love street food, rolls are definitely your type. Allahabad’s Kathi Roll is the famous go-to food for youth. It has a variety of fillings including some raw onions. The crispy, flaky outer covering is usually accompanied with mint chutney.
4. Allahabad’s Amrood
The city is known for its variety of guavas that inculcate health in its truest sense. Nonetheless, red guavas always top the chart. The powerhouse of nutrients, they are best obtained in Kumbh Mela.
While Allahabad and fruits have a strong connection, this fruit is considered the favourite fruit of Lord Rama and is available at every nook and corner of the city. This drum-shaped fruit somewhat tastes like coconut sap and is full of nutrients.
6. Dahi Bhalla
As every other dish is served hot, Dahi Bhalla are presented cold. A ball of urad daal is first fried and soaked in water and curd to soften, later they are served with a bit of sweet and salty curd, chutneys and spices. Kamdhenu surely requires a visit now!
7. Chhole Samosa
A legendary street food, chhole samosa, a simple yet amazing combination of flavors. Traditional steaming hot samosas with spicy chhole and garnished with curd, chutneys, onions, coriander, and sev. The dish is popular across the city and tastes just yummy.
8. Kachori & Sabji
Desi ghee kachoris and steaming Sabji blend beautifully together. Urad daal kachoris directly melt in your mouth, bursting with flavors. A bit spicy, tangy and a lot more delicious, Netram Mulchand & Sons is the best spot for your lavish experience.
Thick, creamy, and scrumptious, Raja Ram Lassi has the best Lassi in the city. Made from fresh curd churned to rich buttery goodness, it gives out Lassi in hand-made clay cups, instilling an earthy taste.
10. Dum Aloo
A seasoned moderately cooked meal, Dum Aloo is a delicious curry, prepared using small potatoes, spicy masala and cream improving the texture and flavors of the dish. Dum Aloo is presented with hot Indian flatbread.
11. Raj Kachori
An exquisite delicacy to devour, Raj Kachori definitely hooks you forever. It has a tough exterior made by maida and the soft and mushy interior filled with pakoras, aloo bhujiya, namkeen, topped with yoghurt and served with green and sweet chutney.
12. Chhole Bhature
While chhole is consumed with a variety of items, Chhole Bhature is one of the most celebrated dishes across India. The hot, spicy, and tangy chhole are served with huge bhaturas prepared using all-purpose flour. Every place provides you a different variety of this dish all over the globe.
Mumbai’s Pani Puri and Allahabad’s Golgappas are surely unique and different in their ways. The Puri is served in two forms: one made of semolina and other the wheat variety, changing the entire taste of the Golgappas. The sweet, spicy, and flavorsome water is worth every bite.
14. Makkhan Malai
It is acknowledged as the ‘Daulat ki chaat’, However misleading the name, it’s a sweet dish. Makkhan Malai made using milk cream provides a frothy texture and is topped with almonds and cardamom. On the whole, prominently had during winters, this dish would please your taste buds.
15. Dahi Jalebi
Nothing can go wrong with this fusion, Dahi and Jalebi, an appealing composition of sweet and sour, served best at Hira Halwai. You are bound to come back once you taste it.
You would never be deserted if you are fond of desserts. Imarti is a type of jalebi, with more crunchiness and less sugar. Moreover, Imarti is actually made from urad daal! Whether eaten hot or cold, the taste always remains the same.
17. Angoori Petha
The purest form of sugar, Angoori Petha looks exactly like a soft, mouth-watering flavoured candy. Kamdhenu Sweets add fruits, sugar, and water without any additive. A sweet worth having in your menu for sure.
Allahabad is a city of food and food lovers. You should surely pay a visit. And remember to Eat, Travel and Repeat. And if you’re on a tour of east Uttar Pradesh, do check out what to binge on in Kanpur.