If there's anything you can be sure of on your trip to Amritsar, it is about having a phenomenal epicurean journey. Punjabis are known to take their food as seriously as a pro athlete does their daily practice. If there's any place on earth where you can ask for an extra helping of anything without inviting snarky stares or eye-rolls, then it is only and only in Amritsar. So before you pack anything for your trip to this golden city, gearing up with a big appetite for these delicious foods is a must.
There's no better way to get started on this hearty foodie journey than to enjoy the classic Amritsari Kulchas. The dish is synonymous with the city, and it is almost criminal to leave without ever trying them. Even though it is tough to find an underwhelming creation across the many joints that populate the city, the locals swear by legendary establishments like Kesar Da Dhaba and Brothers Dhaba. The perfectly rolled and stuffed kulchas are most commonly served with spice chhole (chickpea curry).
Address: Kesar Da Dhaba, Chowk Passian, Gali Rajpura, near Telephone Exchange. Or Brothers Dhaba, near Town Hall, Katra Ahluwalia
Even if lassi are found in almost every small and big city in India, none come close to the one in Amritsar. Since there's so much to do in Amritsar–from shopping to visiting all the historical sites–this sweet, thick, creamy churned yoghurt beverage is the best fuel one can get. Plus, the generous dollop of malaai on top makes this tall drink an unmissable indulgence. Of the thousand lassi shops in the city, Ahuja Milk Bhandar has been an all-time favourite for the longest time.
Address: Ahuja Milk Bhandar, BK Dutt Gate, Dhab Khatikan, Katra Ahluwalia
Amritsari Fish Tikka
Deep-fried and perfectly spiced battered fish, what's not to love about that? The best way to have this delicious dish is with chilled beer and surrounded by friends who love to eat just as much as you do. Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner is the most famous spot for the best version of Amritsari fish tikka.
Address: Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner, 21A, Near Madaan Hospital Makhan Chowk, Majitha Rd
The indulgence never stops in Amritsar. If a fruit bowl sounds too plain, Amritsar's creamy and rich version will do the trick. Even though it is a fairly simple dish of cut fruits mixed in with thick and luscious cream, it's a wonderful way to end your food trail through the lanes of Amritsar. At every turn, you would find many carts selling this cup full of deliciousness.
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