Food of Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow ke Kebab, Benaras ka Paan and More…

Uttar Pradesh, a very famous and populated state of India, is in the northern part. The state has a diverse culture and tradition that is reflected in the foods of Uttar Pradesh. The state maintains its limelight with the presence of so many different flavors and gratifying foods. The capital of the state Lucknow, The City of Nawabs itself, has many flavors and foods to offer with the Nawabi recipes. Also, there is a place named Awadh, which is popular for its unique and different cooking style in the large pots known as ‘Handi.’

Get the chance to visit Uttar Pradesh. The aroma of food from every street and corner will definitely grab all your attention. Every corner of the state is filled with flavors and foods. Trying them all will surely not make you regret it because you will get attracted towards the food and couldn’t stop yourself from eating.



lucknowi biryani

The Nawabi food of the city of Nawabs includes this spicy, unique, and mouth watery dish in its bucket. This food of Uttar Pradesh is the heartthrob of food lovers. This delicious food is prepared by cooking the meat and rice separately then mixing them. The meat is first marinated with the yogurt and then cooked. The food is served in almost every street of Lucknow, and hence the dish got its name from there only. This food of Uttar Pradesh deserves a try at least once in a lifetime!



Shahi is in the name of this food, and hence it is the royal food of Uttar Pradesh. Balu generally means ‘texture,’ and Shahi means ‘royal,’ so this is the royal food that is textured. This is a popular dessert of Uttar Pradesh. It is the perfect solution for the sweet tooth if you are in Uttar Pradesh. Though it is way more different from the glazed doughnuts still is compared to them due to the similarity in appearance. It is prepared with refined flour and is deep-fried in sugar syrup. This dessert is perfect for dessert lovers!


kebab parantha

Another super delicious food on the bucket list of Uttar Pradesh is the Kebab Paratha. It caters to the need of both vegetarians and nonvegetarians. The food is prepared with the kebab that is rolled in the paratha. The kebabs can both be the veg or the non-veg. The perfect mixture of spices and uniqueness of this food makes it a perfect food of Uttar Pradesh that has won many by its amazing taste.


basket chaat, katori chaat

If you haven’t tried it yet, then you don’t even know what you are missing. It is a perfect platter of heaven on the earth. You can find chaat in any part of the world, but the perfect basket chaat only in Uttar Pradesh. Lucknowi basket chat offers the perfect crisp and a variety of flavors in every bite. The basket is filled with several ingredients, including curd, chutney, spices, etc. This is a must-try of Uttar Pradesh!



When the word Petha is heard, the first thing that strikes the mind is the delicious ‘Agra ka Petha’ because it is the origin of Agra only. Petha is the heart of Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. It is a kind of sweet candy that is prepared by the wax gourd. It offers a variety from Kesri to Angoori and can be found everywhere in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the perfect dish of Uttar Pradesh that needs to get a try!


Galwati Kebab

Galouti Kebab is the trademark of Lucknow. This royal dish is also included in the bucket of Nawabi foods of Uttar Pradesh. An interesting fact also associated with this delicious and mouth-watering food is that the Galouti kebab was intentionally first prepared for an old Nawab with no tooth. That is why it is so tender, juicy, and melts in the mouth giving the taste of every ingredient used in it. It is known for its royalty and deserves a try!

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Holi in Uttar Pradesh is incomplete without Ghujiya. It is the perfect solution for the craving for something sweet. This food of Uttar Pradesh is super delicious and deserves a try. It is prepared from the refined flour or Maida with the filling of mawa and dry fruits, then the dish is given a deep-fry and then is dipped in the sugar syrup. 


fara, food of uttar pradesh

Fara is the perfect food of Uttar Pradesh that is delicious and at the same time healthy. It is the perfect snack of Uttar Pradesh and is served with chutney. The food is prepared by the rice flour stuffed with the moong dal or urad dal and then steamed. This is the unique and one of the tastiest foods of Uttar Pradesh. 


makhan malai

Makkhan Malai, also known as Malaiyo, can be found nowhere else other than Uttar Pradesh. In winter, the morning of people starts with the Makkan Malai in Uttar Pradesh. It is made from the cream of mild in winters. It takes hours to prepare this dish. The milk is boiled, and then the fresh cream is added into it and is kept outside in the nights to get the dew and then is churned in the morning for three hours. Then cardamom, saffron, and a lump of powdered sugar are added to it. If you don’t give it a try once, you will regret it for sure!


banarasi paan

Banarasi Paan is the renowned cuisine of Uttar Pradesh. According to the name, it is the Paan from Varanasi, the most famous city of Uttar Pradesh. The paan is known for its flavor and clours. The betel leaf is wrapped up with all the ingredients in this dish, including cherry, gulkand, tutti fruity, and some flavored substances. Even paan in Uttar Pradesh can be found in different varieties, from chocolate paan to dry ice paan. Basically, Paan acts as a mouth sweetener and is consumed after meals. So, don’t forget to try it out once you are full!