Say goodbye to your dreams of managing weight by experiencing food in Amritsar. Everything here will make you wonder if there’s ghee and butter in your food or some food in your ghee and butter. Okay we’re exaggerating a little. But seriously, you’ll find the best of Punjabi food here, without having to visit a huge or fancy restaurant.
From snacks to desserts, everything here is rich, flavourful and supremely satiating. Kebabs, Chole, Chaap, Lassi, and so much more. They have everything. So we’re going to share with you some amazing dishes you should try here in Amritsar and some great places to try those dishes. Here we go!
If you have had the fortune of eating Kulchas in Amritsar, you have eaten the best Kulchas available in the entire planet. It’s something you can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening snacks, when you get the munchies or just about any time. Kulchas here come with a very huge dollop of butter. They are often served with mint or tamarind chutney, chole or even onion chutney. Some places even give slices of radish. Depends on the place you visit.
There are so many varieties and each one is crazy delicious. You can try Potato or Paneer stuffed kulcha or Gobi Kulcha or the countless other types available in Amritsar. There’s also something called Geela Kulcha. This is basically a Kulcha that is drowned in chole gravy for a minute or so, topped off with some chutneys and chole gravy, then served. One thing is for sure, every place here serves great Kulcha. But here are some which stand out and rightly so.
Limited menu and seating. Unlimited Chole and Chutney refill. Small place. Huge satisfaction. Kulcha Land in Ranjit Avenue is arguably the best in Amritsar.
Ashok Kumar Kulche Wala
A true example of, “Smaller the place, bigger the taste”. They also serve Muli ka Aachar (radish pickle) alongside kulcha. Ashok Kumar Kulche Wala is the other place in Amritsar that is arguably the best for kulchas. This also happens to be in Ranjit Avenue.
Vaishno Bhojan Bhandar
Once again, a place similar to Kulcha Land and Ashok Kumar, in terms of its size. But a great place and one of the best for Geela Kulcha. It comes garnished with minced paneer and chopped onions. Vaishno Bhojan Bhandar is situated in Hall Bazaar
We are great fans of this dish. But there’s literally just one reason why this makes it to our list. Imagine creamy and savoury Paneer Bhurji, that is cooked with generous amounts of butter and a secret masala. Sounds droolworthy, doesn’t it? Oh and it comes alongside slices of bread, sweet and sour tamarind chutney, mint chutney and some onions. One of those unmissable dishes in Amritsar. You should look no further than one place for this.
Tara Chand Paneer Bhurji
Situated in the narrow lanes of Katra Alhuwalia, Tara Chand Paneer Bhurji is famous for exactly what its name suggests. Although, the place does offer some other snacks which are good, their Paneer Bhurji is in a different league of its own.
Here’s something for meat lovers. There are variations to this also and you can get it dry and the kind with gravy. This spiced meaty delight is often cooked in desi ghee or butter on a pan. Oh one more thing. Here in Amritsar, mutton chaap is a little different than the kind you might be used to eating usually. The more apt description would be mutton chaap cutlet. Here are some of the best places in Amritsar to enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth mutton chaap.
Shinda Meat Corner
A small-time street food stall that has been around for years. Don’t let the place deceive you. The Chaap here is great. Shinda Meat Corner has a reputation of grinding and making their own spices. There’s no seating here and it’s not on Google Maps yet but it’s near the old telephone exchange. Opposite Tara Chand Bhurji.
Suraj Meat Shop
Another street food stall that is just as good and one you shouldn’t miss. Their Mutton Chaap is also delicious. On a side note, the stall also serves good mutton kheema kaleja. Shinda Meat Corner is situated in Somnath Singh area. You can find it on Google Maps too.
Adarsh Meat Shop
Definitely a bigger establishment than the previous two. Considered one of the best in the city of Mutton Chaap and non-vegetarian food in general. Here, mutton chaap comes with the bone. The meat is so tender that it sometimes just slides off the bone. Queues here are common but their food is worth the wait. Adarsh Meat Shop is situated in Ranjit Avenue.
Amritsari Fish Fry
A popular winter snack item for Punjabis. The Amritsari Fish Fry packs a great deal of tangy and savoury flavours. Its spicy flavours go well with the zing. Marinated overnight in spices then dipped in a batter made of rice and gram flour, before being deep fried. If you’ve never tried this before, you’d be surprised at how good this dish really is. Here are places where you should try this.
Makhan Fish & Chicken Corner
The first name that comes to everyone’s mind when they talk about fish in Amritsar. Located in Besant Nagar, Makhan Fish & Chicken Corner, sprinkles their dish with a unique chat masala. This chat masala is made of 32 spices which they make themselves. Oh also, they’ve been around since 1962.
Beera Chicken House
As the name suggests, it’s not a place that is famous for its Amritsari Fish Fry. But it’s good nonetheless. This is also situated in Besant Nagar. While you’re here, try their Chicken and Fish Tikka too. To be fair, they serve great food in general.
There’s no way that we can skip Dal Makhani when talking about food in Amritsar. This tasty comfort food is made with black lentils that is soaked in water overnight before cooking it. Dal Makhani in Amritsar is creamy, rich and full of ghee. The taste is a combination of both sweet and savoury but it is really heavenly. Here are the places in Amritsar which serve some of the best Dal Makhani you will ever have.
Kesar Da Dhaba
One of the most legendary places in Amritsar. Kesar Da Dhaba has been around since 1916. Do try their Palak Paneer too. Situated in Chowk Passion, Kesar Da Dhaba is a pure vegetarian restaurant with simple and basic tables and seating arrangement. Their Dal Makhani goes through a slow 12 hour cooking process which makes it so amazing!
Bharawan Da Dhaba
Another famous dhaba in Amritsar. A very popular choice amongst tourists who want to have authentic Punjabi cuisine. Their Dal Makhani is also amazingly delicious. Bharawan Da Dhaba is also a pure vegetarian restaurant but their food is phenomenal. Makki Di Roti with Sarson Da Saag is really good here. The dhaba is situated near Town Hall.
A glass full of sweet creamy magic, anyone? The perfect beverage to have after a spicy flavourful meal to wash it all down. Just like everything else in Amritsar, Lassi also is served in copious amounts. Be it in restaurants, dhabas or street side stalls, you will find Lassi across the city. It comes topped off with malai. You get great lassi at most places in Amritsar. But here are a couple of iconic places where having this beverage is an experience of its own.
Gian di Lassi (Pede) –
Nothing prettier than the sight of Lassi being churned. Even more so when you see a Peda (yup, the sweet dish) being used to prepare the huge steel glass of Lassi. Gian Di Lassi is situated at Hathi Gate. You can also pack some other sweets for yourself while you’re there.
Ahuja Milk Bhandar
Situated at B.K Dutt Gate, Ahuja Milk Bhandar is arguably the most famous place in Amritsar for Lassi. A proper sweet shop, Ahuja Milk Bhandar is where you can get a variety of snacks too. But their Lassi is the clear showstopper.
Another famous Indian sweet that you can easily get all around Amritsar. A deep fried dish that’s soaked in a sweet sugary syrup, Jalebi in Amritsar is made using rich desi ghee. This definitely shouldn’t come as a surprise. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, warm freshly made Jalebis are the best way to treat your sweet tooth in Amritsar. Here are a couple of places which are worth visiting.
Gurudas Ram Jalebi Waale
Located at Katra Alhuwalia Street, Gurudas Ram Jalebi Waale is a local sweet shop. Want to have fresh, hot Jalebis? This is one of the best places in the city. Their Gulab Jamuns are just as good so don’t forget to try that.
Sharma Sweet Shop
This sweet shop in Lawrence Road has a lot of mouthwatering treats worth trying. Sharma Sweet Shop is another one of our favourite places for Jalebis and sweets in general.
This is much like Kulfi but then it gets an Amritsari makeover. Basically, it becomes all the more amazing. Kulfi is a famous Indian dessert which is our own version of ice-cream. Kulfa in Amritsar is served with a topping and rabdi and one of the falooda toppings. Basically those sweet springy noodles. Where should you try this dessert?
1) A-One Kulfa
The most famous place in Amritsar for this dessert. A-One Kulfa is situated in INA Colony.
2) King Kulfa
This one is not as popular a choice for Kulfa but it’s also a good option to have this cool dessert. King Kulfa is located in Sultanwind Road
Langar Food at the Golden Temple. Visiting Amritsar and not experiencing this is not acceptable. Simple but good vegetarian food which is a unique culinary experience.
Sardar Atar Singh Ji Chole Bhature Wale is a very small local establishment which serves a simple but one of the best tasting Chole Pulav. It’s near Jallianwala Bagh.
Beera Samose Wala is the best place to have the unique 7 layered Samosa Satpura Samosa. A super crunchy snack which comes with a filling of aloo masala.
Yes, we know you’re thinking that we’ve left out some obviously great Punjabi dishes. The only reason is because everything in Amritsar is heavenly. The list we shared consists of dishes and places you definitely must try. Do you have any favourite dishes or places to eat in Amritsar? Go on then, share with us!