From being a political hot seat to carrying on the legacy of the Awadhi and Mughal flavours through its culinary palate, Raebareli is home to much more than just politics and controversy.
To understand the context of the formation of Uttar Pradesh as a state and the gastronomic affairs of today, we need to go back to history textbooks to trace the amalgamation of Awadh into one of the largest states of the country. The royal kitchens of Awadh have witnessed the creation of several delicacies like Murg Mussallam, mutton qorma along with fluffy naan breads and kulchas. This Awadhi tradition of meaty curries as well delectable kebabs gets translated into Raebareli’s cuisine of today. Raebareli has been the most prominent seat for the Gandhi family after Amethi. This strategic region lies in the northwestern part of present-day Uttar Pradesh.
Situated on the banks of River Sai, Raebareli is a part of the City of Nawabs, Lucknow. Given the historical influences of Mughals, their Persian-inspired cooking styles found way into the Awadhi kitchens, which were then adapted into newer methods of cooking, keeping the essence intact. The slow-cooking techniques and use of exotic spices in the former were included in the latter through roasted spices and addition of saffron for fragrance.
Be it boti kebabs, pasanda or halwas, you can find everything in the heart of Raebareli. Here are some of the best places to devour all these foods.
Best Places To Eat In Raebareli
1. Batohi Sweets And Restaurant
A simple and humble eatery in on the Lucknow-Allahabad Road, Batohi sweets offers a range of North Indian delicacies like Paneer Pasanda, Paneer Kaju Masala and veg Jalfrezi. This is a purely vegetarian eatery with a few South Indian and Chinese options too. Known for their hygienic space and quick service, this place is a must-try.
Where: Lucknow - Allahabad Rd, Khojanpur, Uttar Pradesh 229404
Timings: 10:30 am-11 pm
Cost For Two: ₹600
Cuisines Offered: North Indian, South Indian, Chinese