Tunday Kabab and the story behind its famous delicacy!

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Lucknow is not just a city; it is also known as the heart of foodies, from chicken food to chicken apparel; we have everything to satisfy your mood. 

If you are a fascinating meat lover, your buds might have tasted various types of dishes, but when it comes to delicious delicacies, how can we not talk about the very famous Tunday kabab. It is nearly impossible to find a person who hasn’t heard about the spicy, crunchy taste of Kababs of Lucknow’s famous Tunday Kababs. It is worldwide recognized, but not everyone is aware of the origin of this watery kabab, therefore let us take a tour to the ancient story behind this Nawabi cuisine.

Back in the 17th century, an old toothless foodie Nawab of Oudh was not able to treat himself with his favorite cuisine. Unlike today, in ancient times, Kababs were not as soft as they are, and it was difficult to chew them for him because of his age effects, but when Nawab Asaf-ud Daula faced trouble, he ordered to reinvent the delicacy as per his requirement. As he wasn’t ready to give up on his food love, he ordered a Khansama to reinvent the tough into soft and easily chewable Kababs without compromising the flavors of ancient spices used in the making of Kababs. The contest was held to find the maker of softest Kababs with the same taste to please the Nawab, and the winner would enjoy the royal patronage henceforth. 

During the Khansama, many chefs participated in the contest to showcase their cooking talent, but only Chef Haji Murad Ali won the competition. He minced the meat entirely and made the delicacy tender and succulent in taste, so it melts quickly, and the King can enjoy his favorite meal without any trouble. The innovation of not just soft but the softest Kababs of the era impressed the King, and he announced Haji Murad Ali as the winner of the contest, and that’s where Tunday kababs got its place in the menu table. The mushy and luscious Galouti Kababs, are said to be found in the same contest. 

As per the Haji Rais Ahmed, the son of Haji Murad Ali, the chef lost his left hand while flying a kite on the terrace. In colloquial language, the one with a disability is known as Tunday, and he reinvented the deliciousness of Kababs with his one hand, which impressed the Nawab, and that’s how his kababs got the name as Tunday Kabab. 

In the preparation of this delicacy near about 160 spices and condiments were used, the recipe is said to be family secret, and it is passed through the generations. 

If you have not yet tried the love of Lucknow Kababs, here’s where you can still sense authentic flavors of ancient kababs. You can find Tunday kababy in the crossroads of the chowk area in Lucknow. Visit the place to enjoy the lusciousness your buds will never forget. 


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