Agra’s cuisine is derived from its Mughal past. Petha, a sweet made using ash gourd, is one of the famous dishes of Agra and is available in many varieties. It is said to have originated from Shah Jahan’s royal kitchen. Another dish that is endemic to Agra is Dalmoth, which is a dry snack made with spicy fried lentils (dal), nuts, and raisins. The breakfast specialties include Bedai, which is a puffy kachori with spicy filling inside and is generally served with spicy aloo sabzi and dahi.
Fairs and festivals:
Taj Mahotsav is a cultural festival and craft fair that was started in the year 1992 and has grown since then. The year 2019 was the 28th year of this Mahotsav. The fair is held in a big field in Shilpgram, near the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal (Uttar Pradesh). This festival also figures in the calendar of events of the Department of Tourism, Government of India. A large number of Indian and foreign tourists coming to Agra join this festivity. One of the objectives of this craft fair is to provide encouragement to the artisans. It also makes available works of art and craft at reasonable prices that are not inflated by high maintenance cost. The Mahotsav is hosted from 18 to 27 February every year. The theme for the 2020 Taj Mahotsav was Sanskriti ke Rang, Taj ke Sang.
Taj Literature Festival: