Lucknow - the Food Haven
Lucknow proved to be quite a haven for chaat and elsewhere, I had the Khasta Kachoriwith its faithful side, the piquant Masala Aloo. The word 'khasta' means crisp and flaky in Hindi and true to its form, the shell of the kachori was deliciously crusty, and the chunkydal stuffing within, spicy and tangy. I ate it with a smear of Sweet Date and TamarindChutney, but that was gilding the lily. On a cool December evening, the steaming kachoriwas delectable on its own.
Kachori and its Many Variations
Kachori stretches across the border to Rawalpindi, too. I've never visited but I hear that on Ramzan nights, you are sure to find a clot of people carrying away packages of kachoriwith chhole. You may even buy raw kachori, so you can fry them at home and eat them fresh and hot. There is a twist though; these kachoris are usually non vegetarian and made of chicken or beef, although dal and vegetable versions are also quite popular.