Lahore delicacies: Tawa gurda kapoora – aka Taka tak

Aqeel Ahmad

While the world is talking about the weirdness of  Beijing style food, I thought of highlighting the position of Lahori food on the chart of bizarreness. I am sure it stands somewhere in the top 10. So here we go:
Roughly translated, Tawa gurda kapoora means kidneys and testicles in a large frying pan. To avoid the embarrassment of associating such words with food, most of us now call it Taka tak. It refers to the sound made by the skillful chef while frying these organs and hitting the pan with two sharp slicers in a captivating rythm. He keeps slicing and frying them until the kapooray (testicles), gurday (kidneys), dil (heart), maghaz (brain) and chaampain (ribs) become a homogeneous mixture of meat and thick masala curry. You can make your pick and choose which parts to include in your serving. It is DELICIOUS.

One of the most famous spots to try this out is Butt taka tak at Lakshmi chowk, Gawalmandi. It is located right next to Butt Karahi that has been reviewed earlier. Not only will you enjoy the typical outdoor dining experience in the heart of Lahore, you will also find a bunch of live chickens to give you company while you listen to the magical beat of taka tak. Not to mention all those large tables smothered with uncooked goat organs (as you can see in the above picture) giving you a feeling of being part of a massive autopsy project.

What? .. Yikes? .. No! The moment you take the first bite of this scrumptious meal, will be the time when everything else, such as traffic noise, diesel smoke, smell of chicken shit, autopsy tables, etc., will stop bothering you. So dive in and give it a try.

Price range: Rs. 150-250

Cleanliness: Dirty

10 responses to “Lahore delicacies: Tawa gurda kapoora – aka Taka tak

  1. Hello

    This article by Aqueel Ahmed is rightly compared to the bizzare cuisine of Beijing .surely it sends shivers down and photograph is aptly described as a autopsy table …yukkk

  2. Although this table is a vegetarian’s(mine)nightmare,I still loved reading this post.I especially love that last line in Urdu
    “Makkhan ke paise alaihda se vasool kiye jayenge”

  3. its KATA KAT you div. not TAKA TAK.

    ive heard that medical experts say that women should not kapooras (testicles) which are a essential in kata kat bcos it can cause an increase in testosterone levels and thus changes like increase in sex drive (unmarried women will have a problem but then willing males in pakistan are everywhere), increase in body hair, deepening of voice and other unwanted changes

  4. Ramirez,
    These don’t seem like problems.

  5. Rashmi ji: apologies for the picture but then we want to display the real, gritty side of Lahore too..

    Vandana: I can imagine how nasty this might appear to a vegetarian but then we in Lahore love meat and ‘spare-parts’ as they are known in the colloquial parlance.

    Ramirez: C’mon – are you sure. By the time this stuff is cooked, I wonder how much of T stuff is left..

  6. Shaheen Sultan Dhanji

    This stuff is great! I had it in Lahore — and can hardly wait to have it again!

    Ramirez, LOL ! Nothing happens, as I am a living proof of such myth! My voice is as feminine as one can get, absolutely no hair grew and well, sex drive — thrilling! “Spare parts” should be tried by all !!!!!

    Entertaining review…and glad for the post.

  7. Spare parts? is that what you call that stuff in Lahore?What a brilliant name.Hats off to you Lahoris.If visas were not such an issue,half of Amritsar would be there in Lahore with you each weekend to eat all this meaty stuff.

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  9. I just read this blog. When I was young (back in India) my father used to specifically get goat kidneys and make them, since my mom refused to cook with it. Even the butcher’s were surprised my my dad would asked for it. Of course he asked me to try it, well I loved it, and I also got in the bandwagon of eating this delicasy. Now I know where he got this idea of making this dish (because he grew up in Lahore).


  10. Watch Full Recipe of Lahori Kata Kat & Gurday Kaporay Taka Tak with new and very easy method..

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