Amritsar is one of the most vibrant cities of India, be it from the aspects of tradition, culture or food! The Golden City of India is undoubtedly a foodie’s haven! every nook and corner of the city is packed with some yummilicious Punjabi delicacy, be it a roadside little resto or a full-fledged restaurant!!
Golden Temple in Amritsar
There are quite a few ‘must have’ dishes in Amritsar because Punjabi cuisine is so varied and so tasty that there are hardly people who talk against it. Yes, one thing is that, you really cannot concentrate on calorie counts once you’re into the world of Punjabi cuisine! But for the love of food, once in a while, who cares, right??
It is not surprising that Amritsar comes up with new recipes, new concoctions everyday alongside their already established amazing traditional dishes. The Amritsari cuisine is a perfect blend of contemporary and conventional palates!!
The best 7 dishes have been enlisted here for you and some suggestions as to where to find them in Amritsar are there, as follows:
1. Tandoori (Chicken / Fish/ Gobi or Cauliflower florets)
Usually well marinated with sharp and gusty masalas and then cooked over slow heat in deep ‘chullahs’ or clay ovens, the result is always juicy, tender meat or vegetables with a deep flavour. Amritsar does not believe in adding the red colour but rather the colour comes naturally from the blend of spices. This dish is just amazing and goes very well with chilled drinks!
2. Fish Fry
One of the most popular food, sold in every second shop on the roads of Amritsar, is fish fry. Fat, fresh fillets of fish are well marinated for a considerable amount of time before being deep fried and served hot. The fish feels juicy, crispy, hot and tangy, all at the same time, in every bite.
3. Amritsari Kulcha
Amritsari Kulcha is one of the most sought-after Punjbi dish that you must have while in Amritsar. It is usually a kind of stuffed parantha and has a sweet and salty taste that is served with chhole masala and a tamarind based chutney. The freshly fried paranthas are served with a dollop of menting butter! The taste is unparalleled by any other Indian breads!
Punjab is all about thick, creamy and fresh milk products. Lassi is one of the most common coolers that all Punjabis love. It is generally so heavy that it suffices for a meal in itself. Made with fresh yogurt, milk, jaggery, sugar and topped with cream, a glass full of Lassi is almost more than a tummy’s stretch! A variant made with kesar / saffron is highly recommended as well.
5. Paneer Bhujri
The most enticing, delicious and fresh paneer bhurji is found in Amritsar. Paneer or Cottage Cheese is a rather regular item to be made into various delectable dishes like palak paneer, paneer butter masala and kadai paneer. But paneer bhujri is an amazing stir fry that is simply made with well blended spices and garnished with generous amounts of finely chopped coriander and chillies and, of course, benevolent spoonfulls of butter!
There are different sorts of sweets found in Amritsar but halwa, specially ‘gajar ka halwa’ or carrot and kheer halwa is the most dominant. Halwa is a type of dish made with milk, thickened to a creamy consistency, sugar, jaggery, cashews, raisins and lots of grated carrots, all mixed and cooked with clarified ghee! It is actually an awesome dish and definitely beguiles a sweets-lover!
7. Rabri & Phirni
These two are both incredibly tasty and awesome dishes that you just cannot do without, post your complete Punjabi meal! Rabri is a form of thickened milk, by bloining it over slow heat for hours and sweetened with portions of jaggery and sugar. Phirni is another type of rice pudding made with little grains of broken rice, little saffron and left to set in mud bowls. later they are covered in edible silver foils, garnished with pista and cashew nuts! Yummmmm…!
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