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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular eating joints in Mathura?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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If you know even a little about Krishna’s childhood, you’ll know how much he loved his makhan. Even later as an adult, his love for food is often spoken of in songs and bhajans. And knowing a little about Northern India, you’ll know how much people here enjoy their food, with a relish that makes you hungry even on a full stomach. Mathura is no exception to this rule, where food will be a major part of your holiday here. The city has a lot of local specialities, which you absolutely cannot miss. Forget all your diet plans and indulge in the following local favourites here at Mathura:

  • PedeMathura is often believed to be synonymous with Mathura ke Pede, a special sweet made from khoya (made from thickening milk), cardamom, pure ghee and a handy helping of sugar, almost a crossover between besan ki barfi and laddoos. This is a dry dish, so you can easily carry it in boxes for back home. Pede are also offered as prasad at various temples (except the ISKCON temple) across the city, so you really won’t miss these while you’re here. Available at almost every sweet shop across the town, the pede of Brijwasi Sweet Shop and Radhika Sweets are considered to be more popular.
    Brijwasi Sweet Shop (Various Outlets in Mathura)
    Holi Gate: +91-565-2406609
    Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi: +91-565-2424159
    Chowk Bazar: +91-565-2406569
    Bus Stand: +91-565-2463010
    BCPL Complex Near Oil Refinery: +91-565-2480725
    Hari Nikunj Chowraha, Vrindavan: +91-565-2444266
    Sonk Tiraha, Goverdhan: +91-565-2812233
    Official Website:http://www.brijwasi.co.in
    Radhika SweetsSonkh Road

  • Sweets and SnacksIt is often said that you must start your day with a wholesome breakfast. And that spells kachori and jalebi here in Mathura. In typical U.P. (Uttar Pradesh) style, hot, freshly fried kachoris are served with a spicy potato subzi, followed by a lip-smacking plate of fresh-out-of-the-pan, sweet and golden jalebis. This breakfast is sure to last you a good part of the day, especially if you’re not used to fried food early in the morning.
    Other than these, the milk sweets and mithai of Mathura is very popular, often considered good souvenirs to carry back home like pede. Gulab Jamun, dipped in hot, sugar syrup is another delectable dish you can try, one that is almost a universal favourite in India. You can also try some savory, fried snacks like samosas and pakode while you go temple hopping. Most sweet shops here also sell light snacks, which in themselves can become small meals.

  • BeveragesThe perfect way to down such heavy food is with a tall, chilled glass of sweet lassi, the ideal beverage for a warm afternoon. Made with thick curd, milk and sugar, this drink is even better when served at those roadside stalls in a mitti ka kulhar (a clay glass) and enjoyed over some delightful conversations with the locals.
    You can even try the warm, favoured badam milk during winters to keep you warm or the deliciously aromatic thandai (made of milk, pistachios, almonds and a hint of saffron) during and around the festival of holi for a refreshing kick!

  • Street FoodYou’re smack in the middle of India’s food centre, so you really can’t miss the opportunity to try some delicious street food. Try your hand at the various chaats and gol gappe here for a spicy, chatpata gastronomic experience. Try the different kinds of chaat here, like aaloo tikki chaat, matar chaat, etc, topped with fresh green coriander chutney and a sweet-and-savoury tamarind chutney. These are available at various kiosks and stalls across the city, other than the sweet shops that offer them on their menu. Rest assured, the street food here can give even the finest restaurants in Mathura a run for their money!

For a city that packs so much into so little, you’ll see how there’s a delicacy at every stall, each delicacy itself having its own special place where you can enjoy it. There is no particular restaurant culture in Mathura, so you’ll find several small and large dhabas and stalls around the city to choose your feast from. These are particularly more popular around the Bankey Bihari Temple and the Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex, and rightly so, as these are the finest places to visit in Mathura. In fact, you’ll find some delectable stick kulfi inside the Krishna Janmabhoomi Complex, for as low as INR 10/stick!

The city mostly serves vegetarian food at its restaurants, particularly those around the temples, though non-vegetarian food is not completely forbidden. You can try some non-vegetarian cuisine at the in-house restaurants of the popular hotels in Mathura, or the one you’re staying at.

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