Amritsar Food

Amritsar food is a part of the Punjabi cuisine, which is characterized by spiciness, richness and calorie loaded dishes and drinks. This Indian city within the Punjab state, otherwise known for the Golden Temple speaks of culinary delicacies like paranthas, Amritsari kulchas, satpuras and rabri, which are famed all over the country and many parts of the world. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares are eaten in Amritsar city, with special emphasis on milk and milk products such as malai (cream), dahi (curd), paneer (cottage cheese) and fatty buttermilk or lassi. Dal Amritsari, Amritsari fish, Makki roti, Sarson da Saag and Amritsari Kulcha are some popular Amritsari recipes.
Ingredients Commonly Used in Amritsari Cuisine
Amritsar food lays special emphasis on traditionally made ghee or clarified butter, which is liberally used in cooking as well as serving dishes. In the modern times, cream and butter often replace ghee or are added along with it to enhance the texture, flavor and richness of the dishes. Whole wheat is more preferred than rice and is used for making different breads like chapattis, rotis, kulchas, parathas and tandoori rotis. Spices of different kinds are used in food preparation in Amritsar and rice is generally flavored with spices.
Methods Used for Cooking Food in Amritsar
Deep frying, sautéing, roasting, baking and barbecuing are some of the most preferred ways of making foods in Amritsar. While baking is generally limited to bread making, roasting and barbecuing is mostly used for cooking meat and fish such as kebabs, while the rest of the two techniques are used for making a variety of dishes ranging from deep-fried breads like bhatooras and puri to vegetable and meat or fish curries.
Food in Amritsar: Menu

  • Starter- Aloo tikki (spiced potato patties) and Fish Tikka (Barbecued fish) are some popular Amritsar food items for a starter course.


  • Side dish – Dal Amritsari and Rara Gosht are common side dish entrees. 


  • Main course - Kulcha (bread with stuffing), Keema Naan (minced meat stuffed bread), Rajma-chawal (Rajma with rice) and lamb or chicken Biriyani.


  • Appetizer – Papad (Plain or spiced cracker breads) and pickles are the most common appetizers in a typical Amritsari thali (meal).


  • Drinks – Lassi (frothy curd based drink with cream topping), Kesar kulfi (saffron based frozen yogurt made with condensed milk) and Thandai (saffron-milk summer drink) are the best known drinks in this Punjabi city.


  • Dessert – Balushahi, pinni, Amritsari laddoo and gur ka halwa (jiggery based sweet) are some popular Amritsar food items of the sweet dish category.


Amritsar Food Blogs

Mcdonald’s Goes ‘veg’ Just For India

Mcdonald’s Goes ‘veg’ Just For India On : 05-Sep-2012 By : seasonal_foodie

McDonald’s, the most popular fast food restaurant chain in the world, has done it again. It is going to open its first ever, all-vegetarian outlet in India in the holy city of Amritsar, Punjab. The fact that Amritsar is known for its chicken tikka ...

Lahore Food Street To Come Alive In India This Diwali

Lahore Food Street To Come Alive In India This Diwali On : 09-Nov-2012 By : Galfit

Pakistani food has always been admired by its arch rival India, which is why, the Indian State of Punjab, which shares its border with Pakistan, has arranged for a Diwali surprise for all the Punjabis. The highlight of the surprise is the ‘Lahore food...

India-born Vikas Khanna To Cook At White House

India-born Vikas Khanna To Cook At White House On : 15-Jul-2011 By : FitGal

American President Barack Obama is obsessed with a lot of things Indian, one of which is the Indian spiritual food. Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna has been invited by the White House to rustle up a spiritual meal at the upcoming Hindu American Seva Conference,...

Travel & Culture

Travel & Culture On : 03-Feb-2007 By : moodyfoody

Hoshiarpur- Hoshiarpur is a small and a quiet town in the Doaba region of Punjab. It is ight in the heart of Punjab. It is located in the lap of the Shiwalik and is considered the greenest of the districts of the state. Lot of the people of...

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