Food in Etah reflects the cuisine of its state, Uttar Pradesh. The diversity of communities living here translates into a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
Etah’s proximity to Agra, the capital of the Mughal Empire, ushered in the influence of royal style cooking. Aromatic Dum Biryani, delicately spiced kebabs and rich, decadent kormas are foods typical of this fabulous cuisine.
Raita, a cool yogurt-based accompaniment to spicy foodis consumed with all main meals and may have originated in Etah.
Snacks typical of Uttar Pradesh that are now hugely popular all over India, can be enjoyed in Etah - crisp Samosas and Pakoras and varieties of Chaat are just a couple of examples of popular street food here.
Sharbat or sweetened beverages are another culinary legacy of the Mughal rule and are made with natural ingredients such as Hibiscus, Rose, Pineapple and Lemon, especially refreshing during the long, hot and dry summers.
Milk and milk-product based sweets such as Gulab jamun, Gujiya, Kalakhand and Kheer are always popular. Kulfi is an Indian-style ice-cream to die for. Other popular desserts are flour based: Jalebi, Motichoor Laddoo and Malpua.
There are several good restaurants in Etah that offer these regional specialties to the curious and willing explorer.