1. Awadhi Cuisine Facts and History

This cuisine comes from the Oudh or Awadh region of India that now forms a predominant part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Awadh held a lot of significance during the reign of the Mughals in India and came under the direct rule of the Shia Nawabs from Iran.

Shahi Dum Aloo Awadhi Ethnic Cuisine recipe

This is what shaped the Awadhi cuisine, which is majorly influenced by not only North Indian, but also Central Asian and Middle Eastern style of cooking. Its royal residents ensured that the cuisine was rich, subtle, and showcased a certain degree of sophistication. Awadhi cuisine offers kingly spreads, and the dishes have a lot of depth of flavor.

It can be characterized by mild spices, use of dry fruits that symbolized richness, tender and juicy cuts of meat for the privileged, and a lot of exotic and expensive spices like saffron and cardamom. It includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, which are closer to dishes found in Kashmir, Hyderabad, and Punjab. In fact, Awadhi cuisine is a non-vegetarian’s delight, but there are a lot of options for the vegetarians to choose from as well.

2. Awadhi Cuisine Menu


• Halwa Poori
• Kachori
• Kebabs
• Paratha (Ajwain, Aloo, Gobhi, and more)



• Firdousi Aloo Dum Pukht
• Kaju Curry
• Dalcha Kebab
• Kathal Ke Kebab
• Arbi Ke Kebab
• Zamikand Ke Kebab
• Navratan Korma
• Tehri
• Alu Gobhi
• Subz Begum Bahar
• Khus Ke Khaas Kabab
• Paneer Gulmohar
• Nimona
• Dal
• Chulao


Awadhi Cuisine Gosht (Lamb) Biryani Food Recipe


• Awadhi Mutton Biryani
• Awadhi Chicken Dum Biryani
• Nihar Ghosht
• Tunde ke Kabab
• Galouti Kebab
• Kakori Kebab
• Seekh Kebab
• Chicken Shammi Kebab
• Badami Murgh
• Murgh Shahi Korma
• Pasanday
• Boti Kebab
• Haleem
• Biryani
• Murgh Mussallam
• Handi Chicken
• Roghan Josh


• Warqi Paratha
• Chapati
• Poori
• Paratha
• Rumali Roti
• Naan


• Tunde ke Kabab
• Galouti Kebab
• Samosa
• Dahi Papri
• Golgappa
• Dahi Vada
• Aloo Tikki
• Kakori Kebab


The dishes served for lunch and dinner are the same

Matar Chaat Awadhi Cuisine Food Recipe


• Sheermal
• Baqarkhani
• Makhan Malai
• Shahi Tukda
• Sooji Halwa
• Jauzi Halwa Sohan
• Kulfi Faluda
• Sohan Halwa
• Awadhi Jalebi
• Badam Halwa
• Gulab Jamun
• Gulkand Peda
• Motichoor Laddoo
• Phirni
• Kheer
• Muzaaffar
• Rabdi
• Zafrani Kheer
• Meetha Paan


• Thandai
• Zafrani Sharbat
• Tukmalange Sharbat
• Lassi
• Shikanji

3. Most Popular Dishes

• Firdousi Aloo Dum Pukht
• Awadhi Mutton Biryani
• Tunde ke Kabab
• Galouti Kebab
• Kakori Kebab
• Shammi Kebab
• Murgh Mussallam
• Roghan Josh
• Rumali Roti
• Makhan Malai
• Motichoor Laddoo
• Phirni
• Zafrani Kheer
• Meetha Paan

4. Most Used Ingredients

Awadhi cuisine is influenced by the Persian, Mughal, and of course, Indian cuisine. It was a cuisine developed for the royalty and uses premium quality ingredients.

These include extensive use of dry fruits like pistachios, cashew nuts, almonds, and so on. There is also a lot of use of saffron, because this is one ingredient that was found in abundance in Persia. The richness of the cuisine is also derived from ghee, butter, milk, and so on. It also uses a lot of spices in both whole and powdered forms that include cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, star anise, and what not.

Originally, Awadhi cuisine called for beef in many of its preparations. But, over the years, most of the recipes have switched to lamb or chicken meat. Also, there is a lot of use of food fragrances like rose water, cardamom, and more to make the food more appealing.

5. Traveling Foodie

It would be bordering crime to not try Tunde ke Kabab, Galouti Kebab, and Kakori Kebab, and Shammi Kebab while in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. A Rumali Roti is a must with them. Also, you will regret leaving Uttar Pradesh without trying their Chaat and Meetha Pan.



Are you from Awadhi? Maybe you visited there? Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts on Awadhi ethnic food.

Malik Dasa