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The ancient city of Allahabad (now known as Prayagraj) is the Food capital of the Indian state, UP (Uttar Pradesh). If you plan to visit Prayagraj soon, you have come to the right website for information on cuisines you can taste in Allahabad. We have prepared a list of the top 15 cuisines to taste in Prayagraj. These are as follows:
If you do not try the kachori sabzi when you visit Praygraj, you will regret it for your whole life. It is the most popular staple diet of the people of Allahabad. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch or even dinner, people here love to eat Kachori Sabzi. It is not hard to find this delicious meal. You can find it in every corner of Prayagraj. It is a meal which constitutes of two parts. First is the curry, which includes a seasonal vegetable and potato. The second part is a special kind of Indian bread named Kachori, shallow fried in ghee or oil.
Chhole Bhature is second on our list because of its popularity among the people of Prayagraj. This dish is ubiquitous in of North-India. You might find people selling this under the name of Chana Bhatura. Since this dish is very cheap, it has evolved from a snack to a full meal. Chole Bhature is a male made from two different dishes. The first is Chole, a type of curry made with chickpeas, and the second part is bhature, a different kind of flat Indian bread made with white flour.
Lassi is yet another famous drink of India. But my friend ones you taste the creamy Lassi of Prayagraj, you will forget all the others. The main ingredient of lassi is curd made from either cow or buffalo milk, which is garnished with many other things such as Malai (super condensed milk), Kaaju kishmish, etc.
Kebabs is a rainbow dish made with a combination of meat and vegetables. The vibrant colours of this delicacy have a history of attracting foodies around the world. The vegetable and meat (Chicken, Mutton or Beef) are chopped into small pieces, then stacked by a piercing rod and then finally coated with a secret mixture of herbs and spices, then smoked in the heat of burning coal. It is enjoyed with raw onions as Salad and green Chutney.
It is said that Dum Aloo is a recipe that is nothing special, but it is a recipe that you can never stop eating. Furthermore, It is a very spicy dish in which potatoes are slowly cooked into a delicious curry and gets served along with hot Indian flatbreads such as Roti (chapatti) or Nan. It is a straightforward recipe, yet it has some mysterious powers or magic that attracted people to it from ancient times. The simplicity of this recipe along with its popularity has made it possible for it to rank such a high position in our article on Top 15 cuisines to taste in Prayagraj.
If you have savoured all the dishes we just mentioned in the article, then by now, you must be packed and a little nauseous from all that ghee and oil. Worry not; this following recipe will melt all that oily feeling from your mouth and body altogether. The Makkhan Malai is a sweet dessert dish which the people of Prayagraj love. People serve it to their guests and also eat it occasionally. If you plan to taste this delicacy, it is better to visit Allahabad in winter as this dish is prominent during the cold weather. This heavenly dessert is made using Milk Cream. The exciting thing is that it has a frothy texture, plus it gets served with a lovely topping of Cardamom and Almonds.
It is a snack more than a meal, yet some people prefer it to call a meal. But we bet once you taste this, you will eat so many of them that a simple snack will turn into a meal. These delicious rolls are very cheap and yet so tasty that they can give dishes from 5 start hotels run for the money. These rolls are crispy and flaky on the outside and have sumptuous fillings that can open a new realm of taste for your mouth! No doubt it is a worthy dish to be placed in our list of the top cuisines to taste in Prayagraj.
If you don’t like golgappas, please do not talk to me, just kidding. If you are a true foodie, you must love golgappas, but I bet once you taste these special golgappas of Allahabad, you will go crazy for them. When I first tried these, my mind went Poof! I ate almost 50 of those in one sitting. It is a dish prepared as a snack for those who do not know what a golgappa is. First, it comprises three components: the balls made from suji (semolina), and the second is the filling we put into the balls. It is a heavenly mixture of mashed potatoes and hundreds of herbs and spices. The final component is the spicy and sour water we fill the balls with, made with incredible spices and tamarind.
Dehati ke Rasgulle
Please do not be misguided by the name, it is named rasgulla, but it is gulab jamun in reality. These are the enormous gulab jamun that you can not find anywhere else in the world. They just simply melt in your mouth, just like a small piece of ice. These Rasagulle are enormous in size and proportion.
Imagine it is evening, and you are just roaming around the city of Prayagraj, and you feel a little hungry after all that walking around. Your go-to snack should be the famous Allahabadi Churmura. It is a mixture of fried lentils and puffed rice that is in perfect combination with chopped onions and tomatoes garnished with a few drops of lemon and some chat masala.
What did you say? Does it look like Jalebi? No! It is nothing like Jalebi; what sets Imarti apart from your regular old Jalebi is the crunchiness and less sugar syrup found only in Imarti. It is a sweet dish that can be consumed or paired up with some meal such as Kachori Sabji.
I know what you are thinking. Why are Momos listed here? Isn’t it a dish that is connected to the northern part of India? Momos are no doubt a foreign dish for the people of Allahabad. Still, in the recent past year, the popularity of Momos among the young and old generation of Prayagraj has ruptured and touched the sky. These are a type of dumplings that has two variants one is veg, and the other one is nonveg. These are enjoyed with super hot chilli chutney or mayonnaise.
Jalebi – Rabdi
The name itself is enough to bring water to our mouths. Furthermore, this deadly combination of two delightful dishes can awake your taste buds. As mentioned above, Rabri is super-condensed milk, alone it is not much, but when paired with Jalebi, it becomes something out of this world. The texture and the taste can never be forgotten. Just thinking about it is making me drool.
You can not imagine the city Prayagraj and its people without Pan. From my experience, I think almost 90% of the people living there eat Pan on a daily basis, sometimes 4 or 5 times a day. That is how deeply the Pan is connected with the people of Allahabad. Pan is the worlds most customizable dish. It ranges from a simple Meetha pan to a luxurious Chocolate Pan.
Without Kulfi falooda our list of cuisines to taste in Prayagraj can not be completed. This is primarily made up of frozen condensed milk known as the Kulfi, and the Falooda is a type of wet noodles that are fused with the Kulfi and garnished with some dry fruits to make the desert Kulfi Falooda. It is the most favourite dessert of the people of Allahabad during the hot summer season. When you visit Prayagraj in the summer and do not eat the Kulfi Falooda, then my friend, you have successfully wasted your trip there.
Getting hungry after reading about so many cuisines? Don’t just order your food yet, it won’t taste like the cuisines you just read about. Instead make a plan to visit Prayagraj as soon as possible. If you need some help in doing so, do check our other article on Prayagraj that will clear all your doubts before your visit. Feel free to let us know what you think about this article down below in the comments section.