Amongst other things – most of which were just extra justification, we went to Lucknow for the kebabs. And apart from Its famous architecture and the ruins of the residency its most well known as having some of the best meaty dishes in India. The areas previous rulers, the Nawabs – of Persian descent – knew how to treat themselves to a bit of a feast and over the years this filtered down into the large muslim community – although i’m sure I seen a few people with tiki spots munching beef kebabs.
Anyway, if Lucknow is famous for kebabs, then Tunday Kebab is Lucknow’s most famous kebab restaurant. Chefs cook meats out front of this place frying little rounds of Shami Kebab and Grilling tandoori chicken, while boxes and boxes of biryani are filled and sold at an amazing rate.
Inside, guys are stuffing their faces, while we get ushered into the family room to stuff ours in a more civilised manner – apparently. From the concise menu we order shahi chicken masala and a plate of mutton Shami kebabs – boiled mutton pounded with chickpeas to make a intense flavoured pattie with an almost pate like texture.
Add that to some paper thin rumali roti and sheermal – a doughy paratha with saffron and you’ve a mighty fine Nawabi treat. It all goes down pretty fast, the texture and flavour of the kebabs is great, but the richness of the kebabs has our stomachs churning for a while – all this meat after two essentially meat free months maybe wasn’t the best idea. Oh, well.