Uttar Pradesh is a northern state of India and a major part of its economy is dependent on agriculture. The state of Uttar Pradesh boasts of a rich culture and heritage which contribute to attracting large numbers of tourists from not only India but from the various parts of the world as well. There is no dearth of travel destinations in Uttar Pradesh and various categories of tourists come here with different interests. Uttar Pradesh is also an apt destination for the food connoisseurs. A variety of Influences on Uttar Pradesh Cuisine makes it a wonderful amalgamation of tastes, flavors and aromas.
The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is simply lip smacking and quite unique in its flavor and taste. Every travel freak yearns for some of the best and the most delectable dishes on his tours. Some of the best dining experiences are the result of simply but well cooked food. One can easily see the Muslim or rather the Mughal Influences on Uttar Pradesh Cuisine. The Food and flavor of Uttar Pradesh has greatly been influenced by the Mughlai style of cooking and one can easily detect this in the largest city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow.
The Mughals, who had quite different food habits, brought along with them their royal chefs who looked after their dietary needs. This fact is quite evident from their preparations of pilafs. The pilaf is a preparation of rice and pearls. These pearls are in fact egg yolks assorted with gold and silver tissues, which are afterwards filled into the esophagus of a chicken, tied and then boiled. Ultimately the result is little edible pearls. Mughal influences on Uttar Pradesh Cuisine have given Indian cuisine some of its most delectable dishes. The luscious kababs, koftas and such other non-vegetarian dishes are prepared using some of the best flavors and ingredients to satiate each and every palate of the food lovers.
Some of the dishes that are rated as being the best are Kundan Kaliya, Shammi Kebab, Kakori Kebab, Nehari Khaas, Nargisi Kofta, Lucknowi Biryani, Roomali Roti, Murg Mussallam to mention just a few.
A lot of invaders, who attacked the Indian territory, also brought in a significant impact on the way of cooking the food and hence on the food and flavor of Uttar Pradesh. The major influences on the cuisine of Uttar Pradesh include the Scythian, Parthian, Turkish, Afghani, Mughal and British.