The festival of Eid gets celebrated quite regally in the ‘city of Nawabs’. Lucknow, which was once one of the most significant cities of the erstwhile Awadh, is drenched in veneers of history, art and culture. The city is equally renowned for its rich love affair with food. From the meaty kebabs to robust kormas, the silky phirni to the scrumptious biryanis, you would find everything in Lucknow. If you are lucky enough to witness the city in all its glory during Bakrid, do try some of their festive staples. And if you can’t, then here are a few recipes that can help you bring a bit of Lucknow to your home on this pious occasion.

1. Galouti Kebab

 It is said that the original Galouti Kebabs were made for an old toothless king who ordered his khansamahs to make kebabs so soft that they should just melt in the mouth. In addition to the meat that is minced many times over, these special kebabs also use tenderisers like raw papaya or mango to soften it further. Click here for the recipe.

2. Rogan Josh

The crowning jewel of all Indian mutton curries, Rogan Josh is this thick, spicy brown-coloured curry made with rustic spices and mutton shanks cooked until soft. Click here for the recipe.

3. Lucknowi Dum Biryani

This dum biryani is much milder and aromatic in comparison to its feisty Hyderabadi counterpart. The thin, long grain basmati rice layered with marinated meat and spices makes this biryani a harmonious unit. Click here for the recipe. 

4. Lucknowi Gosht Korma

Lamb, fried onions, yoghurt, kewra and more such exquisite ingredients come together to make this mutton curry that screams decadence. Pair with any bread of your choice and indulge. Click here for the recipe. 

5. Qimami Sevaiyan

You cannot imagine an Eid feast without sevaiyan, can you? Qimami Sevaiyan is a rich departure from Sheer Khurma which also comprises milk and vermicelli but is much milky in comparison. In addition to being rich and nutty, Qimami Sevaiyan is also known for its lovely, bright colour. Click here for the recipe.

Eid Mubarak to all our readers.