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Traditional Agra Food

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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Agra is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Agra to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.

Appetizers

  • Aloo Tikki: North Indian snack made of boiled potatoes and various spices.
  • Begun Bhaja: eggplants cut into round slices and deep fried in oil with mix of different spices.
  • Dal moth: deep fried mung beans.
  • Kadhi Pakora: fritters made from besan flour, salt, chili powder and ajwain seeds.
  • Kulcha: type of an Indian flatbread.
  • Naan: Leavened, oven-baked flatbread.
  • Paneer Pakora: paneer fritters.
  • Paneer Tikka: paneer (cottage cheese), onions and tomatoes.
  • Pani Puri: small balls made of wheat flour and semolina, deep fried to a golden shade.
  • Paratha: type of an Indian flatbread.
  • Raita: condiment made with yoghurt and used as a sauce or dip.
  • Roti: bread made from stoneground wholemeal flour.
  • Shami kebab: small patty minced mutton or beef, ground chickpeas and spices.

Soups

Salads

Main courses

  • Aloo Chokha: mashed potatoes, prepared with green onions, garlic and different spices.
  • Aloo Jeera: potatoes with cumin.
  • Biryani: a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables.
  • Chicken Tikka: is a chicken dish served in India.
  • Keemo: minced lamb with many Indian spices.
  • Kofta: balls of minced or ground meat, mixed with spices and/or onions.
  • Korma: type of curry made with yoghurt, cream, nut and seed pastes or coconut milk.
  • Murgh Makhani (Butter chicken): chicken and sauce.
  • Murg Mussallam: whole chicken with variety of spices.
  • Nargisi Kofta: hard boiled eggs, covered with lamb mince and prepared in gravy.
  • Nihari: curry made from beef shank, rarely lamb and spices.
  • Palak Paneer: spinach and paneer cheese in a curry sauce.
  • Pilau: rice is cooked in a seasoned broth.
  • Rajma: red kidney beans in a thick curry with lots of Indian whole spices.
  • Rogan josh: Aromatic lamb dish, also including ghee and spices.
  • Shahi mutton curry of Agra: marinated meat, cooked in a special sauce.
  • Tandoori chicken: roasted chicken, yogurt, and spices.

Desserts

  • Bal Mithai: is a brown chocolate-like fudge, made with roasted khoya, coated with white sugar balls.
  • Firnee: cream pudding made with whole milk and rosewater.
  • Gujia: sweet dumpling made with suji or Maida flour wheat flour and stuffed with khoya.
  • Gulab jamun: deep fried dough consisting mainly of khoya, an Indian milk product.
  • Halva (India): dense, sweet confection.
  • Imarti: made by deep-frying urad flour batter in a pretzel or circular shape, then soaked in sugar syrup.
  • Jalebi: sweet made by deep-frying batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in syrup.
  • Kalakand: sweet made out of solidified, sweetened milk and cottage cheese.
  • Kheer: creamy and sweet rice pudding.
  • Kulfi: frozen milk-based dessert.
  • Petha: translucent soft candy made from winter melon or white pumpkin.
  • Sheer korma: festival vermicelli pudding.

Fast food

  • Dosa: a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and black lentils.
  • Kachori: round flattened ball made of flour filled with a stuffing of baked mixture of crushed and horse beans, crushed gram flour and spices.
  • Samosa: small, crispy, flaked, deep-fried pastries or dumplings.

Street food

  • Kalmi kebab: is made by marinating chicken drumsticks and placing them in a tandoor.
  • Kebab: grilled, roasted, and stewed dishes of large or small cuts of meat.
  • Gajak: dry sweet, consists of almonds, peanuts, walnuts and cashew nuts, boiled in sugar syrup.
  • Malpua: Indian pancake prepared by crushing ripe bananas or coconut, adding flour, and water or milk.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Falooda: traditional cold dessert made by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli and tapioca pearls along with either milk or water.
  • Jal Jeera: popular summer drink made with lemonade and jaljira powder.
  • Lassi: drink made by blending yogurt with water or milk and Indian spices.
  • Rooh Afza: rose water beverage.
  • Sattu: grounded powders of pulses and cereals, consumed along with fruit slices, sugar or milk.
  • Sharbat: drink prepared from fruits or flower petals.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Fenny: liquor made from either coconut or the juice of the cashew apple.
  • Hadia: Indian rice beer.

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