Makhan Malai (Chowk , Lucknow)

In a nutshell:

A winter sweet sold in Lucknow that is conceptually similar to Daulat ki Chaat of Delhi but tastes better & is more flavorful (in my opinion).

Makhan Malai vendors in Chowk, Lucknow
Makhan Malai vendors in Chowk, Lucknow

Address & other details:  Chowk

Meal for 2: Rs. 40 onwards

Cuisine type :  only vegetarian

Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in going to a restaurant in anonymity, as a normal guest, experience everything & give a honest account of the same to you.

We paid Rs. 40 for 1 huge portion & another Rs. 10 for a glass full of doodh (read more about this below).

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.

In chowk area there were about 12-15 vendors selling this item. We had no clue whom to go to – all of the products looked exactly like the other. So we chose to eat at the guy who had least amount of Makhan left – assuming he is good, so he sold faster than others.

the guy we bought our food from
the guy we bought our food from

Almost as light as air, fluffy but creamy and intense & here is where it beats the Dilli Daulat ki chaat. The latter is a paler version of the Lucknow one.

makhan malai
makhan malai

Rate the dish 4/5

the pile of makhan malai with the vendor
the pile of makhan malai with the vendor

A sprinkling of khoya adds to the texture & gives a different dimension to the dish.

This food item melts in heat. So it is placed atop a bucket full of huge chunks of ice.

ice to keep it cool
ice to keep it cool

Inspite of all that, on a winter evening one can still find some molten liquified makhan malai at the bottom of the container. The makhan-wallas pick that up with a large spoon into a glass & serve it. They call it doodh.


Loved this drink – intense, flavorful, thick, very tasty. Rate it 4/5.

doodh topped with a semi molten makhan
doodh topped with a semi molten makhan

YUMMRAJ Recommends u to try this when in Lucknow.



  1. 9 different places in Lucknow … you mentioned. 😛
    yet, by my reckoning, only 5 (idris, rahim, bajpai, tunday, & makhan malai) have been (re-)reviewed so far, and you’ve already switched over to Delhi (kaale baba).
    were the others in Lucknow simply not that lip-smackin’?
    anyhow, expecting you to clarify the reason behind having denied us teeming millions the food porn that we so richly deserve… 😉 😀

    1. Thanks for writing in….. I am yet to finish writing about the balance 4. Feels great that u hv been following so closely and looking forward to more…… Wud not disappoint u for long:)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s