Lucknow's iconic Tunday Kababi is open but without the mainstay of its menu
The slaughterhouse supplying buffalo meat to Tunday's was shut on Wednesday, apparently because it did not have its papers in order. Photograph: (Facebook)
Lucknow's iconic Tunday Kababi remained open but without the mainstay of its menu -- the kebab made of buffalo meat.
The reason behind such a move is the shortage of buffalo meat because of crackdown on illegal slaughterhousess ordered by the Yogi Adityanath government.
The first Tunday eatery opened in the city's Chowk area, there are by now about five or six branches around the city.
Tunday's kebabs are made of mutton, chicken and "bada ka meat" or buffalo, but that is no longer the case.
Every morning, meat is delivered to the eateries.
The meat is then turned into the most delectable kebabs.
But on Wednesday, the slaughterhouse that supplied buffalo meat to Tunday's was shut down. Media reports said that was because "it did not have its papers in order".
With no buffalo meat to work with, and therefore no mainstay of bada kebabs, media reports said Tunday's downed its shutters.
They opened again on Thursday, serving only mutton and chicken kebabs.
Media reports quoted the owner Abu Baqr as saying he was happy to comply with any government order, "but perhaps people should be given a little time to put their affairs in order".
Other people were quoted as saying buffalo kebabs are cheaper than mutton and chicken kebabs. That allows the poor to eat at Tunday's. And that not everybody can afford mutton and chicken.
One of the last people to eat the buffalo kebabs at Tunday's Aminabad eatery on Wednesday was Tarandeep Singh Bachhal, who was visting with friends.
What were the kebabs like? "Tasty as usual," he said.
Would you go back for the mutton and chicken kebabs? "Yes," he said.
Abu Baqr meanwhile was last overheard (in the media reports) trying to convince other patrons to return. "Come come," he said, "we will try and make our mutton and chicken kebabs as tasty as the ones made of buffalo meat."