Food review: Tunde Kebabi, Daryaganj

Kebabs from nawabi kitchens

F3778, Autar Bhawan, Main Road, Near Jama Masjid, Daryaganj

Syed Zafar Mehdi

Recently, during his Lucknow visit, when Rahul Gandhi chose to feast on Lucknow’s famed tunde ke kebabs over a sumptuous dinner in a five-star hotel, it made news. But Gandhi scion is not the first big name to succumb to temptations of tunde kebabs, and he certainly won’t be the last either. There is good news for food lovers in Delhi. Now, they won’t have to board Gomti train to have a bite of kebabs. Tunde ke kebabs have come to their doorsteps now, with a franchise outlet in Daryaganj.

Tunde ke kebabs have inspired many a legends. The 100-year old Tunde ke Kabab in Lucknow is one-stop destination for kebab lovers, who come there from far-off places. There is an interesting story behind the name ‘Tunde Kabab’, as it was a specialty of a one-armed chef Mohammad Osman Haji. These kababs are unique because of the masala (homemade spices). An assortment of 160 spices is a closely guarded gastronomical secret from the kitchens of the last of the kings, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, who was a self-confessed food lover. There is something called ‘kachari’ that helps to tenderise the meat, and ‘pathar ka phool’ that lends kebabs a unique flavour.

Originally from Lucknow, they have now branched out to many places, including Delhi and NCR. Daryaganj outlet is already a hit with kebab lovers across the city. Located just next to popular Golcha cinema, it may not classify as a high-end eatery, not even the pedestrian outlet. If you expect luxury couches and soothing music running in the background, you will be disappointed. But once the aroma of kebabs fills the senses, you forget all other luxuries. They also have come up with an outlet in New Friends Colony.

Many of those who have tried kebabs from their Lucknow outlet are not very impressed though. But for starters, it is god-sent, almost.

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About Zafar Mehdi
Maverick journalist, irreverent rebel, travel freak, cricket junkie, reluctant fundamentalist, student of life, dreamer, believer.

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