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Petha

Petha

What: Sweet
Best available at: Panchhi Petha store located at one at Hari Parvat crossing
One of the most iconic street foods of Agra, a trip to Agra can?t be completed without Petha. Petha is a local delicacy which is synonymous with the city?s name since ages unknown. Prepared from white pumpkin or ash gourd and sugar syrup topped with mixed variety of nuts, pethas are available in a huge variety and flavors. The most popular ones are available in Paan and Kesar. However, Agra pethas are available in several other mouthwatering flavors. Pethas are available exclusively two varieties. While the more common ones are dry and relatively harder, the other one is softer and mushy. Since it is the specialty of Agra, pethas are available at several local streets as the most common street food. However, it is advisable to try the ones selling at reputed places famous exclusively for pethas. This local sweet has fans from all over the world with people rushing over from everywhere as tourists to try its delicious flavor. Petha is a must try, and a must take-away, especially if you are visiting Agra for the first time.

Paratha

Paratha

What: Mughlai bread
Best available at: Ram Babu Paratha Bhandar located at Civil Lines
Parathas are anyway a favorite Indian bread in all regions of the country. On a more precise note, parathas of Agra are the ones which can?t be beaten by the variety available at nowhere else in the country. No matter which corner of India you travel to, you would always want to grab a bite of this famous Mughlai dish. Made from wheat flour spread and fried over mild temperature, parathas can be of different varieties. Some of the delicacies of Agra parathas are stuffed with grated potatoes, grated cauliflower, carrots, onions, raddish and spinach to name the most favorite ones. Parathas are counted as the ultimate breakfast dish, as well as an excellent bread option for dinner. It can be eaten with curries, chutneys, curd or simply without any accompaniments. It is among the most popular Mughlai cuisines available in Agra, and hence must try to treat your taste-buds with. Though parathas are available in every second street and stalls in Agra, the ones selling at Ram Babu Paratha Bhandar tops them all and must try.

Dalmoth

Dalmoth

What: Snacks
Best available at: Panchi Petha Store at Hari Parvat Crossing
This is exclusively for those who are not much into sweet indulgences and want to be treated with something crunchy, crispy and spicy. Dalmoth is the perfect snacks to accompany you through your journey as a company to your morning or evening tea, or even with liquors. It can also be devoured alone to tingle your taste-buds with something that would make you crave for more. You can spend a lousy winter evening in this historic city with Dalmoth and witness the sky changing colors from a bright blue to a shade of pink and red. Dalmoth is a mixture of nuts, spices and fried lentils blended in right proportion to make a taste to leave you salivating for more. It is a dry snack, and hence you don't have to worry about it while travelling. You may just pack it in a box and take it with you as a souvenir from Agra. While in Agra, Dalmoth is a snack which you must let yourself get indulged in to feel the uniqueness of the same.

Bhalla

Bhalla

What: Chaat
Best available at: Agra Chat House located at Sadar Bazar, Agra Cantonment
Rechristened as Aloo Tikki in Delhi, Bhalla is Agra?s must gulp down item. Made of fried and mashed potatoes mixed with several Indian spices, chickpea curry and topped with chutney, onions and coriander leaves, Bhalla is served in the shape of flattened balls perfectly colored as the best possible treat to your eyes. Available as a street food, Bhalla makes Agra look breathtakingly delicious in the evening with the sun sparkling off the Taj and people gulping down the yummilicious chaat with friends and family. A plate of Bhalla and this view insight is a sight to embark upon. It is a favorite amongst the locals and is considered as famous street food in Agra. For the tourists, it is a must try dish to experience the true flavors of Agra in terms of cuisine as well as traditions of the city.

Bedai

Bedai

What: Breakfast delicacy
Best available at: Deviram sweets and restaurant
Bedai is an important breakfast item of Agra. Bedai is nothing but what most people call Kachori. It is served hot with spicy potato gravy and is highly recommended by the locals because of its sweet and tangy taste. The dish is also served with curd in various parts of Agra. This typical breakfast, usually served at street stands, consists of two parts: one spicy and one sweet. The bedai (sometimes spelled berahi) is a fried, puffy bread, much like kachori, served with a bowl of spicy green sabzi dotted with hunks of potato and a dollop of curd. The jalebi, as you?ve hopefully tried in Delhi, is a sticky-sweet dessert made of fermented batter that?s fried into ropy whorls, then soaked in hot sugary syrup. Freshly made and consumed one after another on a crowded street corner, together they?re the definitive balanced breakfast of Agra.

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