If you ask any foodie about the place that serves the best Punjabi food, without a doubt there answer is going to be Chandigarh. From spicy butter chicken to yummy stuffed parathas slathered with butter, and from flavorful chaats &street food, to tall glasses of chilled lassi, Chandigarh's foodscape has it all. So taking inspiration from this beautiful city's rich culinary landscape, here's a run-through of Chandigarh's most popular delicacies and the dining destinations you can visit to sample them.
An eternal North Indian dish, and a crowd favorite street food in Chandigarh, Amritsari Kulcha is made with refined flour, stuffed with a range of stuffing like paneer, cheese, potatoes, and prepared on a clay tandoor, and served with spicy chole, chutneys, pickles and curries. They are simply one of the best things you can sample in the city.
A must-have when in Chandigarh, Chole Bhature combines the richness of gravy-laden chickpeas with that of the fluffy bhature. Though a lot of Indian cities have this quintessentially North Indian meal in their spread, but there's something about Chandigarh's air that makes this simple dish divine.
Chandigarh is a paradise for butter-chicken lovers. When it comes to this staple delicacy featuring buttery yummilicious chicken dipped in the hot delicious gravy, there's no place that can beat Chandigarh.
A dish that is literally synonymous with Punjab, Makke Di Roti & Sarson Da Saag makes for a truly soul-satisfying meal. Sarso or mustard greens is prepared with various Indian spices and eaten with flat cornbreads or Makki di Roti. It is the most quintessential food of Punjab, best eaten in the winter season, as it gives warmth and plenty of nourishment. In Chandigarh, you will find a plethora of small eateries and restaurants that dole out the best rendition of this classic preparation.
Relished by the majority of north Indians, the Punjabi traditional breakfast when served with hot tea or cold lassi, is seemingly the most irresistible grub you will find. In Chandigarh, you get the best Parathas with loads of butter and served with curries, pickles, or raitas. Parathas are made of wheat flour and come in different varieties like plain, aloo, butter, cheese, paneer, and even keema.
Dal Makhani is a classic recipe from the Northern regions of India. Dal means lentils and makhani means butter. It is quintessentially a Punjabi comfort food preparation that is basically rich and creamy slow-cooked black lentil simmered in a tomato-based sauce for hours. Truly a divine preparation.
Amritsari Fish is a popular Indian street food and restaurant-style fish appetizer. It is a simple dish yet tastes amazing with bursting flavors that come from the unique blend of spices and herbs used. Perhaps it's this medley of robust flavors and exquisite taste that makes this a staple snack in Chandigarh.
A typical north Indian street delicacy, Rajma cChawal is essentially red kidney beans prepared in rich gravy and served with rice. It is the most nourishing dish and most popular among the street food fans of Chandigarh.
This famous Punjabi lassi is best enjoyed chilled in the hot summer months. Favorite among people of Chandigarh, Lassi is a yogurt-based drink, prepared with fruit and spices, and garnished sometimes with flavors and other toppings.
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.
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