We visited Gwalior in August 2006. It was the month of Shravan. The Teej festival was round the corner and the sweet shops were selling a delicate sweet which looked like thick papad from a distance.
Curious as ever, we asked as to what it was and we were told that it was "Ghevar", a sweet made for Teej and Raksha Bandhan. It was yummy and we relished it thoroughly. Bansal Petha Bhandar in Gwalior is a famous shop known for Petha, a sweet made out of ash gourd. But during the month of Shravan, the shop makes delicately tasteful ghevar which is made of ghee, maida and jaggery.
Our gourmet curiosity meant that we explore the other culinary treats of Gwalior. Normally, the first thing we always do when we arrive at a place is to ask locals about local delicacy, the best restaurant and sweet shop in the city. We did the same here too and our next stop at "Bahadura Sweets" famous for its "Bahadura Laddus" named after the late Bahadur Prasad Sharma the founder of the sweet shop.
An iconic shop founded 80 years ago, the laddus are made out of boondi which is cooked on coal. Tiny drops of chick pea batter drop into the hot ghee and are taken out with a large perforated spoon, called jhara,when fully fried. The boondi is then immersed in sugar syrup and later rolled into laddus. It should be eaten hot and in the shop.
After eating the laddus don't miss savouring crispy kachoris with tangy chutney in Bahadura Sweets. It is yummy!
Gwalior like other cities in Madhya Pradesh is a gourmet paradise. Whether it is Suleiman chai with Kebab buns in Bhopal or Dahi Vada and Ghamandi Lassi in Indore, Bhang laced Thandai in Ujjain, Kachoris in Rau near Indore, Jalebis in Jabalpur you love travelling in Madhya Pradesh if you love local cuisine.
Next time when you visit Gwalior and finish visiting the magnificent fort, dont forget to have a feast at these sweet shops. Forget dieting while in Gwalior!
If you are a gourmet like us, don't miss reading the following posts in this blog.
Back of the blog - A Checklist for Gourmets on travel in India
Food Streets of Indore
In search of Suleimani chai in Bhopal
Momos in Mirik!
Food Safari in India
Shravan - The month in Hindu calendar in which many festivals occur. Generally in the month of Augsust.
Teej Festival - A Hindu festival. It is observed by women for wellness of their husband.
Raksha Bandhan - A Hindu festival. It is observed by women for wellness of their brothers.
Laddu - A ball-shaped sweet made of flour and sugar with other ingredients that vary by recipe.
Kachori - A spicy and fried snack popular in North India and pakistan. Eaten with or without chutney
Chai - Indian tea
Dahi Vada - Lentil Fritters dipped in Yogurt & smeared with spices
Lassi - Sweet Yogurt, Indian style!
Bhang - A preparation from the leaves and flowers (buds) of the female cannabis plant, consumed as a beverage in the Indian Subcontinent.
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