Considering that Agra was the old Mughal bastion, one would imagine it would have been the base of Mughlai cuisine. The grammar of Mughlai food in the best traditions is about richly aromatic and creamy curries, morsels of meat and fish barbecued in a clay oven, pullaos, varieties of breads and desserts like shahi tukre; it also favours the use of spices, nuts and dry fruit. That great tradition, in fact, was adopted with great finesse in the royal kitchens of the Awadh rulers of Lucknow. As a matter of fact, when the early Mughals, Babur, Humayun and Akbar were too busy soldiering out in the battlefields (securing their kingdoms) to pay too much attention to what was going on in the kitchen in their bastion of Agra.
Strange as it seems, though it was the Mughal capital, Agra was not the base of the legendary Mughal culinary traditions that all of us have come to associate with the conquerors from Central Asia. Mughlai food is characteristically marked by richly aromatic and creamy curries, morsels of meat and fish barbecued in a clay oven, pullaos, varieties of breads and desserts like shahi tukre; it also favours the use of spices, nuts and dry fruit.
Be that as it may, the city of the Taj has a great line-up off luxury hotels where one may enjoy the delights of gourmet Mughali culinary experiences. A sweet reminder to take home is the delicious famous Agra petha.
From royal kitchen cuisines left by the Mughal ancestors to the present-day spicy and tangy international and oriental cuisine, Agra has a wide range of food that will suit every travellers' appetite.
Why you will love itTaste the delicacies of AgraSee how the yummy fare is prepared.Steep yourselves in the sights and sounds of this old Mughal bastion
What you will experience
Every city has its own street food traditions, usually more delicious than the food you may find inside its restaurants. The Flavours of Agra tour is a thrilling way to absorb the flavours of the city. The streets of Agra have a wide range of eateries all offering delectably scrumptious food that is sure to suit every traveller's appetite. From gourmet Mughlai meals to international and oriental cuisine with a perfect blend of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare, Agra is an alluring foodie hotspot
Street eats include pani puri, aloo tikki, papdi chaat, dahibhalla, pav bhaji, samosas, kachoris, all readily available in the major bazaars in town. Good places to check out these mouth-watering offerings are Kinari Bazaar, MG Road, Sadar Bazaar, Pratap Pura, Belangunj, Raja Mandi bazaar etc. While gorging on these yummy delights soak in the colours, sounds, sights, aromas of this old Mughal bastion, home to the world’s greatest monument to love – The Taj!