The City of Nawabs, Lucknow, is a city of art, history, culture and food. The sights, sounds, and smells of the city are a window into how its past has shaped its present. Lucknow still remains one of those places where tehzeeb (culture) and tameez (grace) are a part of everyday life, and it is a place where its many monuments are a sight to behold.
One such magnificent monument is the Bada Imambara. Located at the bank of the Gomti River, this historic tomb and also a place of worship was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784. The entry to the complex from any of the two enormous gateways opens doors to mesmerising architectural beauty of the maze corridors, arches and courtyards at this historical shrine. Its main attraction is a maze called the ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’, a convoluted network of hundreds of narrow pathways and identical doors, which leads to several rooftop balconies. What makes this site even more beautiful is a façade covered with thick trees and lush gardens, a mosque, tazias and rooftop balconies.
Much like the Bada Imambara is a sight for the sore eyes, one of our signature dishes—Murgh Musallam is for pampering your taste buds. Just as the premises of Bada Imambara give sukoon (comfort) to the mind, Murgh Musallam is comfort food for the soul.
What Bada Imambara is to Lucknow, a historical edifice with such a marvellous architecture that even modern architects seem to be perplexed by its design, Murgh Musallam is to the human soul, which is, a lavish dish prepared with myriad of complex ingredients including saffron, cinnamon, cloves, poppy seeds, and cardamom.
So, the next time you make a trip to Lucknow, we strongly recommend that you indulge in the history of the city – and visit the Bada Imambara. In the meantime, don’t forget to try our Murgh Musallam, which we will deliver to your doorstep.