The food crazy nation of Lahore is having a tremendous food culture following numerous varieties of every kind. They love entertaining themselves in the evenings with their families and children by eating food in hotels, restaurants, open spaces, footpaths, parks, fast food corners, in fact everywhere they get a chance to enjoy this hobby.
Along with many food items, Taka Tak which is originally called ‘Tawa Gurda Kapoora’ is another favorite of Lahorites. May be some of you get abashed for a while about knowing the components of Taka Tak which is actually prepared by frying the kidneys and testicles of sheep or goat in a large pan. But believe us that our carnivore readers will feel damn hungry after knowing, how Taka Tak is cooked.
Taka Tak is prepared by a very expert chef who possesses a special skill to cook Taka Tak. Taka Tak, in fact, refers to the special sound which comes from the pan in which the organs are fried, when it is hit in a special rhythm and pattern by the chef. You can hear the echo of this Taka Tak in every food street of Lahore. The first impact on your appetite will definitely be due to this sound. On the big frying pan the typical items for Taka Tak are also lying on one side. The eater can select any item of his or her choice from kidney, testicles, heart and brain (Maghaz). On getting order the chef slices them into tiny pieces all and mixes with the spices, zests and herbs. He keep on frying until this becomes a fascinating curry masala similar like minced meat dish. The smell of this cooking would have made you extreme hungry until Taka Tak is served to you.
If you want to enjoy Taka Tak in real traditional way, you can get its ideal spots in the historic Luxami Chowk (Gawalmandi) or in Anarkali Food Street. The outdoor dining and the music of Taka Tak will remain in your minds forever.