Friday, March 13, 2015

Taj City welcomes Food Lovers

This post is for all the food lovers in Agra. I have tried so many restaurants in Agra time and again and I can write a 10 page note on the restaurants but here is a thing, non-vegetarians have to find their favorites by their own... (Strictly :) Veg). (I am also going to share just random food clicks, just to make you all hungry)

Restaurants of Agra have lot to offer, you may pick
MoMo Café at Courtyard by Marriott, The Grand Buffet at Jaypee Palace HotelMughal Pavilion in ITC Mughal, Esphahan in the Oberoi Amarvilas are
 known for their delicious dishes. Other restaurants including Pinch of Spice, Pind Balluchi, Vaidik, Jahanpanah, Kwik are also known in the city. 

However in this post I am not going to mention name of the hotels/restaurants but the changes that are making Agra city a global city for food lovers. Agra is offering the delicious buffet for the denizens. Live kitchen, à la carte menu, international flavors and all day dining are some of the key points of royal kitchens in Agra.

With time Agra is becoming a true example of 'MoMo' a word that is derived from the phrase 'modern living modern dining'. Restaurants in Agra are becoming a place where guests can come for breakfast, lunch or dinner and can enjoy their favorite dishes.

The buffet in restaurants of Agra encompasses world famous cuisines like Indian, South Indian (that is completely different from northern food) Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, spanish and Italian. Agarites love chaat - street food from India, which includes Paneer Chaat, Fruit Chaat, Dahi Papdi, Sev Papdi, Raj Kachauri etc.

For the lunch Agra offers main course that is usually a mix of authentic mughlai, north Indian and oriental cuisine. Dishes like stir fried vegetables, veg biryani, paneer kali mirch, Naan and Rajsi Daal are some of the example.

After a great meal, the dessert cannot be missed and Agra have the vast spread dessert varieties that offers Indian and international sweets like kheer, petha, hot chocolate fudge, cakes, mouse and many more.

Must Try:
Mughalai Parantha - Indian bread
Paneer Butter Masala - Veg curry
Bedai - Snack 
Samosa Chaat - Snack
Agra Petha - Sweet dish
Kheer-Maalpua - Sweet dish 

So do visit Agra and if you have enough Pizza and Burger try something new in Agra! Thanks for reading :) 


Friday, March 6, 2015

Holi Traditions

India celebrate the festival of color with traditional flavor... ‘Thandai, Gujiya’ 'Gulal' and seasonal crops are remain high demand for the celebrations. Festivity for fun-filled festival begun quite earlier this week.

The two day festival comprises traditional bonfire (Holika Dahan) on the first day, which is followed by colorful ‘Holi’ on the second day. Holi festival and traditions are good opportunity of family gathering and societal associations.

Holi lies in the month of Phalgun which is the last month according to Hindu calendar. After Holi people began to prepare for the Hindu New Year celebration which marked on the first day of month of Chaitra. To welcome New Year, ancestors of Hindu's use to harvest or buy seasonal crops including chickpea, wheat and barley and roast them in the Holi bonfire. It is believed that these crops are a type of Prasad and would bring happiness to the family.

Holi celebrations means Thandai and Gujiya for Indians. Thandai is sweetened milk which is prepared by using nuts, dry fruits, saffron, fennel seed etc and Gujiya is a traditional sweet for Holi which is made by whole wheat flour, ‘khoya’ and cardamom seeds. Other savories for Holi include ‘Matthi’, ‘Saankh’, potato chips etc.

As per the tradition, people worship Ganga and Lord Hanuman on Holi. People claim that they burn their ill behaviors with the bonfire. According to the ancient tale, this bonfire is a replica of ‘Holika’ which was burned to save Prahalad from Hiranyakashyap.

Another story of Holika Dahan - bonfire is related with Putana Vaddh- devil killing in the era of Lord Krishna. After the death of the devil, people cut her body in a number of pieces and burn them. That incident also relate with Holi Dahan. 

About Colors : People love to play with Abir, Gulal and colors. Kids play with Pichkari and balloons. More than seven colors dry colors are used in Holi celebration including Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Orange, Yellow and Purple. In water color people use even golden, silver and metallic color.

That's a bit about Holi... Thanks for reading and Happy Holi :)