Lucknow is known for its delicious non-veg kababs that magically wrap people around its perfect taste and make them wander off in the delicacy of these little pieces of joy! The legendary Tunday Kababs of this nawabi city is not only the best but also the oldest shop that serves the real essence of Nawabi kababs. We were busy enjoying the delicacy of these wonderfully made tunday kababs when we heard of the real story behind the invention of these wonderfully soft kababs and believe me it is so good to know that even your food has a story! 😛
After reading the story you would surely be thankful for the incapability to eat in old age because that turned out to be the real reason for the being of these kababs today. As the story goes, Tunday kababs trace back to the 17th century when an old and toothless Nawab of Oudh was no longer able to enjoy his favorite Awadh cuisine.
Yes, you read that right, The Nawab, Asaf-Ud-Daula was a food connoisseur. As old age caught up with him, he lost his tooth and found it difficult to relish his favorite kababs for the kababs earlier, were rather difficult to chew. Unwilling to give up on his fave food, he organized a competition and declared that whoever would satiate his hankering for meat with the softest kababs would enjoy the royal patronage!
Among all the khansamas who participated in the contest, Haji Murad Ali was the only one who succeeded to create the most tender kababs that melted in the mouth without much chewing. Legend has it that Haji Murad Ali lost one of his arms after he fell off the roof. And the kabab got its name ‘tunday’ after the disability of its inventor.
Haji Murad Ali started the famous shop at the end of 17th century. Apparently, 125 different spices and condiments are used in the preparation of these kababs, which follows a closely guarded secret recipe, passed down from one generation to another.