This is definitely true in the case of Amritsaris who are true gourmets. To them food is everything, and no one can savor the fatty delicacies in all its true splendor like a Punjabi does! The culinary capital of India- Amritsar is proof of this fact. The home to the iconic Golden Temple is also home to the best food in the world. Everything in this city revolves around food- be it socializing, prayer or festivals. Kulchas, lassi, jalebi, you name it and it will be found in Amritsar.
Hers is a list of 10 Must-Have Amritsar Food:
1. Langar Ka Prasad
When in Amritsar, start out with the Golden Temple. The best time to visit is during the morning when the Guru Granth Sahib is brought to the inner sanctum. After offering your prayers, head over to the langar, the largest free kitchen in the world! The volunteers here cook and serve a simple meal of dal, roti, sabzi and kheer to lakhs of devotees each day. Even if you don’t have the time for langar, don’t leave the Kara Prasad on your way out. You will have to jostle among a large crowd for this ghee-laden delicacy but a bite of it will prove to be totally worth it!
2. All India Famous Amritsari Kulcha at kulcha land
Amritsar is synonymous with Kulchas, the maida bread baked in a tandoor. Located beside the Golden Temple and the Wagah Border, the All India Famous is a place to have the butter drenched, potato and cauliflower stuffed kulcha. Touted by some to be a foodie’s pilgrimage spot, this place has been serving just kulchas over the many years of its existence. You can have kulchas for all your meals of the day here and each of it will be an experience incomparable to the other. They serve kulcha alongside chana masala, sliced onions and tamarind chutney. It is a perfect place for breakfast or lunch since they tend to run out of kulchas by 2 pm!!
3. Friends Dhaba
For all the people who prefer a meatier version of Kulcha, Friends Dhaba located at the Queens Road is the place to rush off to. They serve Keema Naan with gravy and, of course, dollops of butter. The keema kulcha has a crispy exterior and a spicy keema mix. (I can already feel my mouth watering!) These kulchas simply disappear in your mouth, yes it’s that tasty. Don’t forget to slather it with butter before dipping it in gravy, and have a near-spiritual experience.
4. Surjit Food Plaza
Serving some of Amritsar’s best kababs, Surjit Food Plaza has been in existence on the Lawrence Road for over seventy years. It has recently been turned into a fancy restaurant with proper seating and air-conditioning, and a menu that served even Chinese staple dishes like sweet corn soup! What’s really popular though is the melt-in-your-mouth Shammi Kabab and Mutton Tikka. What makes them so unique is the totally different style of cooking. The tikkas are first cooked in tandoor, then sautéed with ghee on the tawa and has a secret masala handed down over the generations.
5. Beera Chicken House
The Beera Chicken House, located at Majitha Road will totally change your concept about tandoori chicken. It is not the traditional red or charred tandoori chicken most of us grow up with, rather it is a whole chicken, marinated in spices and roasted to perfection. Their recipe for tandoori chicken has been in existence since 1972! Imagine! Just around the corner from this place is the Makhan Fish & Chicken Corner, home to the tastiest fish tikkas. These fish are taken from the Beas river and fried lightly in a batter.
6. Pal Da Dhaba
A small, easy to miss shop at the Hathi Gate has turned into one of the local favourites for its Kharode ka Shorba. In other words, lamb trotter soup! Not something that you will easily get used to, but for those people who love a good Paya, this place is a must visit. It is run by the proprietor himself, who is also the chef here. The dish is laden with garam masala, chillies and lentil leaves. It is best paired with kheema paratha, so soft that it will break even before you eat it!
7. Kesar Da Dhaba
For all the vegetarians out there, Kaser Da Dhaba located at Chowk Passian and a 10-minute walk from the Golden Temple is nothing short of an epicure’s paradise. They serve the best maa ki daal in the city. Also, gorge on the delicious lachcha paratha, palak paneer and the smoky baigan bharta. If this wasn’t enough, or simply because you want to eat something sweet, don’t leave without tasting their phirni. This creamy delicacy is served in earthen pots and will definitely leave you asking for more.
8.Ahuja Milk Bhandar
Spending a day in Amritsar, you cannot imagine going without at least one glass of lassi. It will be a disservice to the gastronomic place, the land where people swear by ghee and lassi. The Ahuja Milk Bhandar, located at Dhab Katikan is one of many such places to try out this sweet heaven right in your mouth. Reach out for a tall glass of lassi so thick that you will need a spoon to scoop it out. The secret ingredient used here is a natural essence that even the most experienced patrons fail to decipher. Remember, food in Amritsar is never complete without Lassi!
9. Bharawan da Dhaba
You cannot return from Amritsar without paying at least one small visit to Bharawan da Dhaba. In their own words, their kitchen and their food ‘strikes a chord in the stomach and in the heart’. Located on the Hall Bazaar Road, the dhaba food is sure to win your heart. From lip-smacking parathas to luscious dahi bhallas, dal makhani and chole, this sumptuous food is going to one gastronomic adventure.
10.Giani’s di special masala Chai
Being a hardcore fan of ginger tea, I was not sure if I will like tea with almond and pistachios in it. But guess what, I ended up having two cups of the special chai. So start your day with a nice cup of special Chai, bread omelette and kachoris at Gianis. Reach before 9 AM or else you won’t be able to get your hands on the crispy kachoris.
Hope you found my list of places to eat in Amritsar helpful. Enjoy the food and try to not miss any item from the list. Do tell me what did you liked the most!
Thank you so much for reading!