Amritsar lies in the heart of Punjab and is home to the iconic Golden Temple. It beckons travellers from all over the world in search of healing and happiness, a voice in the wind to tell them that everything will be alright.
Not only is it the home of the Sikh religion, but Amritsar is also a culinary capital of India that seems to be shadowed by other cities. This is what we recommend, if paet puja (stomach worship) is on top of your priority list.
1. Guru Ka Langar
If the Golden Temple is number one on your list, we strongly suggest you partake in the Guru Ka Langar. Langar is a community feast prepared in a kitchen within the temple premises on a large scale (for at least 40,000 people). Everybody is welcome and is seated in rows while they are served by volunteers. The devotion of service to community is absolutely tear jerking. Jostling with other devotees and visitors for a taste of Kada Prasad is worth it, considering that it has a taste like no other. Maybe it’s because discrimination and inequality are things that are not tolerated within the walls of the temple.
2. Bharawan Da Dhaba
If being in Punjab makes you crave those stereotypical Punjabi delights, you’ve come to the right place. Makki ki roti with sarson da saag, stuffed kulchas (potatoes or paneer) with chhole are just some things that they do better than any place in Delhi or London.
Do keep in mind, Bharawan is “pure veg” due to their close proximity to the Golden Temple. But don’t let that hamper your decision just because you’re a hardcore meat-eater. The kebabs can wait.
3. Paya at Pal Da Dhaba
Probably not something you would get used to, but hooves are a delicacy and we know just the place. Located near the Hathi Gate, the Dhaba is run by its proprietor who is also the iron chef in the kitchen.
A simple broth spiced with garam masala, chilli and lentil leaves and generously blessed with pieces of hooves, the dish is best paired with kheema paratha, although it breaks into a million pieces in your hand.
4. Chicken Tikka Tandoori, Beera Chicken Corner
Featured on the popular television series Highway On My Plate, Beera’s isn’t fancy but the food is divine! Seating is limited, so if you plan to enjoy it in your car, your hosts would be most obliged to serve you.
The Chicken Tikka is perfectly spiced and goes well with a keeema naan. If things get too dry, a spicy gravy accompaniment is offered for free and you can always get your own booze.