In a nutshell:
Awesome khasta kachoris.that I remembered from my last trip to Lucknow 4 years back , served with outstanding aloo ki subzi & chholay.
Address & other details: Bajpai Kachori Bhandar
The google map link is for Ram Asrey. Once u reach Ram Asrey, this kachori is bang opposite.
Meal for 2: Rs. 80 onwards
Cuisine type : only vegetarian
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We paid Rs. 78 for 1 khasta kachori &1 poori that were each accompanied with a tokri full of aloo ki subzi & chholay.
I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.
This Foodie madness post is a part of a series called Culinary pilgrimage – On a weekend in Jan 15 we decided to travel to Lucknow on Culinary pilgrimage. A 2 day trip to Lucknow just to eat out at the numerous streetfood shops that have survived over time……….We ended up eating at 9 places in a span of 26 hours & spent a total of approx Rs. 1200. The cost of staying at Lucknow & travelling to Lucknow from Delhi was, needless to say, many times more.
I do not know the real spelling of the shop name – Is it Bajpayee or Bajpai or something else. The shop front displays the shop name written in Hindi – With years of neglect , one can hardly read what is on there but still legible.
This shop is opposite Ram Asrey Sweet shop & near Leela Theater in Hazratganj.
The shop area is occupied by the shop staff & owner only. Customers stand on the road, pay money & get their food from the shop.
Food is served in temporary bowls made of dried Sal leaves. It is then placed utop a paper rolled in conical shape (like a dona).
On one side of the shop on the road there were few high iron tables put up – People were carrying their food, placing it on the table & NJOYing it in company of complete strangers.
The poori was fried till brown – It was not the normal poori. It was crisp, had a bit of salt in it so that one can NJOY the taste as it is. It was good. Rate the poori 3/5.
The subzi was outstanding. It had two parts – chholay & aloo. The aloo was soft but not very soft. Masalas were strong & in good quantity. The aloo was not ‘hot’ but spicy. Lovely flavors & excellent taste.
Chholay was also bharpoor masaledaar. Spicy but not hot. Very very tasty. The chholay were soft enough to break when bitten & hard enough to retain shape.
Rate the aloo subzi & chholay 4.5/5
Overall rating of poori with aloo subzi & chholay averages out to 3.75/5.
The khasta kachori was like it was made in the kitchen of Heaven……………..Woooooooooooooooow. It was very crispy outside, was totally flaky & had the best possible texture.
Flavors of the filling were excellent – a mix of the daal within & spices. Filling was quite a lot in quantity as compared to the meagre fillings in Khasta Kachori in Delhi.
The Daal in the filling was a bit in chunks – not made into a smooth paste. That enhanced the texture & also the taste of the kachori.
Super loved the kachori & rate it 4.75/5
Subzi was the same & gets the same rating as above – 4.5/5
Overall rating of the dish averages out to 4.63/3
Overall rating of food at Bajpai Kachori Bhandar averages out to 4.2/5
I wud not b commenting whether it is the best kachoris in town but wud say it is unmissable if u r in Lucknow & specially if u r a vegetarian / love any good food – be it vegetarian / nonvegetarian.