Today's episode of the ongoing Kanpur food series is all about a delectable non veg food exploration featuring some legendary places in the city. The non veg scene over here has a very unique flavour in it and is pretty diverse too. From chicken biryani to mutton stew and keema kabab to korma this tour left us with some gratifying memories. And the highlight of this exploration was meeting a fellow foodie who was super zealous about great food and extremely well aware of his favourites.
We started with a greasy and fragrant chicken biryani from Bhallu Biryani at the busy Ajmeri Chauraha. The taste was pretty decent but we liked their chicken malai tikka more than the biryani. The perfectly grilled chicken dunked in a butter and cream based sauce was simply divine.
From there we reached the New Ajmeri Hotel which was just a few steps away. This is a legendary restaurant with a grand facade. The front counter was filled with bronze vessels neatly placed near each other containing all the amazing dishes from their menu. We opted for their famous mutton stew. Cooked with plenty of whole spices, the former one was simply phenomenal.
Next stop was Bhai Faiyaz Caterers. After witnessing the incredibly speedy tandoori roti making action outside the shop, we went on to try their signature dish called murge ka kadav korma. As the name suggests it is an aromatic chicken gravy in which the masala has been thoroughly cooked in a kadai for a long time. The meat was tender and succulent while the bright red gravy was intensely flavourful. Here we met a subscriber who led us to one of his favourite places.
So our next stop was Mamu Chicken Biryani and Burra restaurant in Chamanganj. On reaching there, our attention got drawn to their elaborate and pocket friendly menu. But we were excited to try their kaleji burger which was a favourite of our subscriber friend. The liver stuffed burger was an acquired taste for us because the piquant taste of the liver didn't gel well with that of the soft bun. But we were happy to try something new.
Next we had a rich aflatoon sweet from the nearby Chand sweets which was made of khoya and sugar and headed to Al Huda for Ulta tawa paratha and kabab. The kebab here was not the one we are familiar with. It is basically a ghee and spice laden minced meat dish. This combination hit the right spot.
Finally we wrapped up the tour with a strong chai from the very busy Raju Neta stall.