Ludhiana, the largest district of Punjab, is famous for its lavish and royal food. Be it the high end fine dining restaurants or the quick bites by the roadside, Ludhiana has it all. The city offers a variety of food ranging from light and healthy snacks to full-fledged main courses with traditional Punjabi flavors.
Breakfast in Ludhiana
A typical Punjabi breakfast meal includes stuffed paranthas- usually aloo paranthas- with a large glass of lassi (sweet or salted buttermilk) or white butter or fresh curd. Another breakfast option in Ludhiana is Chana Bhatura.
Lunch and Dinner in Ludhiana
Lunch and Dinner in Ludhiana mainly consist of north Indian foods including Mah Ki Daal or Dal Makhni, Kadhai Paneer, Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh, Meat Curry served with rice or different types of breads like rotis, naans, paranthas and chapattis. If you are visiting Ludhiana in winter season, you just can’t miss to try the traditional meal- sarson ka saag and makki ki roti- along with gur or ghee. You can also have Rajmah Chawal, Kadhi Chawal, Palak Paneer, Fish Curry, and Kadhai Chicken.
Experts say that the Punjabi cuisine has borrowed the gravy part in their food from the Mughals. The best example for this is ‘Murg Makhani.’ This dish consists of a large portion of butter and ghee. It is also a good substitute for Tandoori chicken which is dry and tandoor cooked. The main masalas in a Punjabi style gravy are onions, tomatoes, ginger garlic and green chilies.
Snacks in Ludhiana
Ludhiana is famous for its tandoori cooking and is well known among the most popular cuisines of the world. A tandoor is a large earthen oven which is half buried in ground and a coal fire is lit below it. Various mouth watering delicacies are prepared in the tandoors including Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Fish, Fish Tikka, Paneer Tikka, naans and rotis. Apart from these, you can also try out delicious street foods including dahi bhalla, samosas, chaat papri, tikki, momos, and golgappe.
Sweets and Beverages in Ludhiana
If you wish to try out beverages in Ludhiana, the first one should be the famous Lassi or buttermilk. You can also have Badam Milk or Kesar Milk.
Ludhiana is also famous for its hygienic and scrumptious sweets and namkeens. Popular sweet dishes of Ludhiana include khoya barfi, phirni, kheer kadam, gulab jamun, patisa, motichoor ladoo and jalebis. In the winter season you can try hot gulab jamun, gajar halwa and moong dal halwa.