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).
Address & other details: Chowk
Meal for 2: Rs. 40 onwards
Cuisine type : only vegetarian
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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.
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.
Rate the dish 4/5
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.
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.
YUMMRAJ Recommends u to try this when in Lucknow.