Served in kulhads, kadhai wala doodh is slightly darker than plain milk and is best enjoyed topped with malai and nuts.
Lucknow is known for its monuments, trips to which are highlighted by a hot drink in hand. Visits to these monuments are made more memorable with a kulhad of kadhai wala doodh. The drink is made by cooking milk over a low flame in a kadhai, along with almonds, cashews, pistachios and saffron. It is simmered for hours and stirred constantly so as to avoid burning. Served in kulhads, kadhai wala doodh is slightly darker than plain milk and is best enjoyed topped with malai and nuts. We recommend the best places that serve kadhai wala doodh in Lucknow.
Where To Find Kadhai Wala Doodh In Lucknow:
Pal Dairy is a small set up that specialises in kadhai wala doodh. Thick and frothy, the kadhai wala doodh here is made with cow’s milk. The place opens from early in the morning until evening and sees a regular crowd.
Location: Near Zoo Gate No. 1, Narhi Market, Narhi, Lucknow.
Timings: Daily, 7.30am-7.30pm.
Cost for two: ₹40.
A father and son who have been selling kadhai wala doodh for over two decades man this stall, which is a fairly recent addition to the busy junction. They take pride in using milk from cows that they rear. This is done to ensure that the milk is hygienic and pure.
Location: Next to Manish Eating Point, Patakarpuram Chauraha, Gomtinagar, Lucknow.
Timings: Daily, 4pm-10pm.
Cost for two: ₹40.
Tandon Tea Shop
Now manned by the third generation, Tandon Tea Shop is over 45 years old. The place sells kadhai wala doodh in disposable glasses as well as kulhads (customers tend to prefer the latter). People flock to the stall and often have to queue for their turn.
Location: Burlington Chowk, Hussainganj, Lucknow.
Timings: Daily, 7am-11.30pm.
Cost for two: ₹90.
Dilip Mishtan Bhandar
Another shop that’s over 40 years old, Dilip Mishtan Bhandar opens throughout the day and serves kadhai wala doodh all year round.
Location: Sitapur National Highway, Sitapur Rd, Mohibullapur, Madion, Lucknow.
Timings: Daily, 10am-9pm.
Cost for two: ₹50.
A Lucknow landmark, Ashvini lassi serves some of the best kadhai wala doodh in the city. There’s rabri at the bottom and malai on the top, making it a decadent treat. Besides kadai wala doodh, the place also serves tasty lassi.
Location: Kaiserbagh Chauraha, Lucknow.