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North India, especially Uttar Pradesh bears a striking resemblance to the general lifestyle of the place itself. Spicy, sourly, colourful and of course, sweet! Though the quintessential Awadhi cooking style gives impact to almost everywhere in UP, the food in Hathras has also its own distinctness and variety.
The city falls in the Braj region or the play ground of Shri Krishna; and just like Lord Krishna used to love his makkhan and ghee, this place is popular for food cooked in desi ghee or the clarified butter. The place has both the likeness for vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. The mouth-watering road-side chaats or kachoris would leave people wanting some more. In non-vegetarian delicacies chicken or mutton galoti and seek kebabs are the most famous. Among other specialities of Hathras are namkeen or the salted Kaji Katli, Bedmi Puri which is a famous breakfast item among the city-dwells and samosas of various size and shapes.
Famous Food in Hathras
The city swears in sweets. The famous ones are Sohan Halwa, Petha, Jalebis, Balushahi, Rabri, Gulaab Jamun, Kheer, Kulfi, Motichur and Gond ke Laddu etc. Among the drinks the Rose syrup and Khas Sharbet and Thandai are most popular.
This savoury, roadside snack is the most favourite among the Indians all over the country. But Chaat has its origin here in Uttar Pradesh, especially in the Braj region. Chaat consists of fried crisp chips and boiled potato, tomato, onion with lots of sprouted lentils and coriander-mint leaves chutney and date-tamarind chutney.
Bedmi Puri Kachori
Pui-Kachori is synonymous with Hathras-Agra-Mathura street food. This extremely popular breakfast item is a kachori/puri made up of mainly Atta and Sooji and stuffed with a paste of Urad Daal and other dry masalas and then deep fried. The kachori is served with Potato Curry, Coriander Chutney and Curd.
Hathras offers delicious kebabs both vegetable and meat. The traditional kebabs of this place are famously called Seek Kebab and Galoti kebab. Simply made with local pounded masalas and then pierced by the skewers and finally roasted in open flame, these kebabs bear the distinct flavor of local cuisine which eventually took special place in the Indian Royal kitchens.
This traditional sweet dish is the trade mark of Uttar Pradesh food platter. In Hathras too, this is one of the most favourite sweet preparation among all. The name Sohan Halwa has its origin in Iran, the ancient Persia and the ruler of Multan, Dewan Sawan Mal. This sweet dish is the part of Mughlai cuisine which came to India with Humayun, the Mughal emperor and since then it had long become popular among the Indians. Sohan Halwa is a mixture of milk, saffron, sugar, flour, khoya, water and prepared with desi ghee and lots of dry fruits like Kaju, Pista, peanuts and rose petals, cardamom seeds etc.
Nevertheless it has a national flavor, the Jalebi is the main sweet in many places all over North and Western India. In Hathras too, Jalebi is the staple sweet for the local people. The sugar-syrup soaked fried crunchy rings with a dash of saffron and cardamom powder would anyway bring anyone to the heaven of good taste.