Morena is an ancient settlement in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh that is famous for its archeological heritage, temples, and an addictive confectionery called gajak. Over time this city has transformed into an industrial place. We had visited it before Diwali to explore the street local food scenario out here. In this quest, we were guided by our dynamic host Aman Saxena who is a budding food blogger from the city. Let's take you through which places we visited during our day food tour.
The first stop was the Lovely Poha Center. This small shop was surrounded by a huge crowd waiting for breakfast. Here you get a mildly flavourful serving of fluffy poha that has been spruced up with fried peanuts and deepu ki namkeen.
The second stop was Shri Banke Bihari Mishran Bhandar popularly known as Madan Halwai. It is another iconic place for breakfast and evening snacks. People are crazy about their bedai and aloo ki sabzi and jalebi that are served during the morning time. The crisp bedai and the aromatic aloo curry combination were soul-satisfying. We loved the jalebi with yogurt and even sev.
The third stop was Pandit Tea Stall. Along with the sight of the swarm of people thronging for a cup of this beverage, you will also find huge vessels with boiling tea. We refreshed ourselves with a cup of cardamom and ginger-laced milk tea.
The fourth stop was Vedram Pawan Kumar Namkeen. Aman took us there to make us try the various savoury snacks that are a part of the eating culture over here. Our favorite pick from here was sweet and spicy chura sev and moongfali.
The fifth stop was Rambabu Pede Wale. It is one of the oldest sweet shops in the city. As the name suggests, their peda is world-famous because they are rich, dense, and laced with a bouquet of aromatic spices and a couple essences. The taste was unusually brilliant. Here we also tried some lauki ka halwa and khurmi.
The sixth stop was Netram Ghee Wale. Aman had taken us here to try the maithani chaas or hand-churned salted buttermilk that is a by-product of the ghee making process that this establishment specializes in. It was fresh and refreshing.
The seventh and final stop of this tour was Kaila devi Mishtan Bhandar. We went there for ghee-fried samosa but ended up having rabri as well. The samosa was super crisp while the rabri was a complete stunner.