8 Best Local Delicacies Of Patiala, From Pinni To Ghee Jalebi

While Patiala is best known for its lassi and staples like Sarsonda saag and makke di roti, but Patiala also offers a treasure trove of street food and traditional dishes which appeal to foodies. The shakkar laddu, for instance, is a classic dessert which is a must-have for tourists and locals alike. The ghee jalebi and paneer dishes are also quite famous in Patiala.

The area near Lahori Gate has many hideaways and hidden gems which serve fresh sweets and you can taste the best of local delicacies at the mithai shops. A stone’s throw away is a cluster of kebab shops where you can find achari tikkas and several other grilled specialities. If you’re headed to Patiala soon, don’t miss out on these scrumptious local treats.

Patiala Paneer

This number perfectly encapsulates the essence of Punjabi cuisine. Prepared with succulent cubes of paneer simmered in a rich and creamy tomato-based gravy, this dish is a symphony of flavours and spices. The use of aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and kasuri methi enhances its taste.

Recommendations: Barbecue Nation

Type: Veg, Non-Veg

Price: Rs 1,500 for two

Makhani Chicken

Makhani Chicken, a more indulgent version of Butter Chicken, originated in Punjab and has gained worldwide popularity. In Patiala, this dish reaches new heights of flavour, with tender pieces of chicken cooked in a velvety smooth gravy made from tomatoes, butter, cream, and a blend of aromatic spices. Served with naan or rice, Makhani Chicken is every foodie’s dream!

Recommendations: Xero Kitchen

Price: Rs 800 for two

Type: Veg and Non-veg

Patiala Lassi

Creamy, frothy, and irresistibly delicious, this traditional Punjabi drink is made by blending yoghurt, sugar, and sometimes, a hint of rosewater or cardamom. Served chilled in earthenware pots known as "matkas," Patiala Lassi provides the perfect respite from the city's sweltering heat.

Recommendation: The neighbourhood near Lahori Gate

Price: Rs 50 (approx)

Patiala Chaap

Patiala Chaap is a popular street food that has its origins in the city's bustling bazaars. Tender and succulent pieces of marinated soya chaap (textured vegetable protein) are grilled to perfection over charcoal, imparting a smoky flavour to the dish. It’s seasoned with a blend of spices and served with mint chutney and onion rings and is often paired with parathas.

Recommendations: Patiala Shahi Chaap

Type: Veg, non-veg

Price: Rs 1,200

Amritsari Kulcha

While Amritsari Kulcha technically hails from the neighbouring city of Amritsar, it has found a special place in the hearts of Patiala's residents. This iconic dish features soft, fluffy bread stuffed with a savoury filling, typically made from a combination of mashed potatoes, paneer, onions, and spices. Served to piping hot with a dollop of butter and tangy chole, Amritsari Kulcha is a culinary masterpiece!

Recommendation: The neighbourhood near Lahori Gate

Price: Rs 50 (approx)

Ghee Jalebi

Crispy ghee-fried jalebis are a staple street food in Patiala. These syrup-soaked confections of fried dough boast a crispy exterior and a soft, spongy interior that melts in your mouth. These jalebis usually feature a double dose of ghee and are often topped with ghee-soaked nuts to accentuate the aroma.

Recommendations: Narinder Bikaneri Sweets

Price: Rs 40

Type: Vegetarian

Patiala Aloo Tikki

Made from mashed potatoes seasoned with a medley of spices, these golden-brown patties are shallow-fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Served with tangy tamarind chutney and spicy green chutney, Patiala Aloo Tikki is a popular street food and is often used for Punjabi chaats as well.

Recommendation: Manchanda Sweets

Type: Vegetarian

Price: Rs 40

Patiala Pinni

The traditional Punjabi sweet that holds a special place in the city's culinary heritage. Made from roasted flour, ghee, sugar, and a generous amount of dry fruits, this dense and nutty confection is a delight for the senses. Whether savoured as a dessert or enjoyed with a cup of hot chai, Patiala Pinni offers a taste of tradition

Recommendation: Jai Balaji Sweets

Type Vegetarian

Price: Rs 50