Sunday, August 9, 2009

Shankar Halwai in Mathura

Fond memories of yesterdays keep visiting you as you go along in life. That's what I realized when I stumbled upon a you tube video about Shankar halwai. I have visited this shop numerous times and it was almost second nature to eat at this place while visiting the Holi-gate, which is the heart of the city. This is one of the oldest shops in Mathura and offers you a complete pure vegetarian food at astonishingly modest prices that can be afforded by the most ordinary Aam adami. And all this doesn't make the food any less tastier, in fact this food can be one of the most mouth watering north Indian food that anybody can have or boast of. Another thing to note is that all their preparations are completely devoid of garlic and onions.

I could recognize in the video the friendly attendants who served the food lovingly and all the lovely sweets that are characteristic of the winter season. Though the shop is not very gung ho on ambiance and decor but this is typical of an old city crowded eating joint. The shop is visited by people from all classes of life, the very rich seths to the extreme poor, who sit along side by side enjoying eating together.

To say the least I started feeling home sick after watching this video.


37 comments:

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Traditional ways of cooking - I love the most.

Pallav said...

Mereko toh dekhne se hi mooh me paani aa rha hai...
by the way ..where it is in mathura...
pls tell me
i will go ths time paka....

Pallav

manivannan said...

Your excellent narration makes me eager to visit that shop sneha :-)

Aevi said...

haha there is no doubt in the greatness of this kind of food in all of agra mathura lucknow.

Shankar doesnt make jalebi?

Sneha said...

@ Hobo,
thats true in every part of the world.:)

Sneha said...

@ pallav,
as you move from holi gate intersection to the bus stand its on the left hand side. kisi bhi rikshey waley sey poochiyo tuzey ley jaega.:)

or jaega hee tou holi gate key ander brijwasi mithai waley key samney sham ko kararey allo miltey hai per sirf winters mai.:)

Sneha said...

@ mani,

i think i should ask for a cut from shankar halwai.:)

Sneha said...

@ Aevi,
yes he does, jalebi and kachori which is serve hot in mornings for breakfast. There are some sweets like imarti and ghewar that are made as per hindu festival calendar.:)

Arv said...

will make a note :)

thanks for sharing mate :)

Harshita said...

Iss baar maa chutti mein mujhey Mathura lekey hi jaayengi... aur yeh post mere kaam aayegi :)

Ab toh main bhi soch rahin hun... jaana chahiye.. if nt to meether frenz atleast for this food...ummm...

Mulling Over My Thoughts said...

na jaane kyon, mujhe bhookh lag rahi hai!
:)

Dhanya said...

My dil goes MMMmmmMMmmmm :D :D :D

Sneha said...

@ Arv,

Great I am sure you will love it.:)

Sneha said...

@ Harshita,
haan jarur. mai tou bus video dekh kar thida senti ho gai thi.:)

Sneha said...

@ Bikram,

Muzey bhi.:)

Sneha said...

@ Dhanya,
Once you have a chance to eat it your taste bud would go ga ga over it.:)

IndianPundit said...

Hi Sneha

Nice read.

A trip down memory lane.

Cheers

abhishek said...

there's a Shankar halwai in every town...isn't it?

sasta, tikau bhojan...just love it!!

Sneha said...

@ Indianpundit

Thanks.:)

Sneha said...

@ Abhishek,

haan har shahar mai ek shankar halwai hota hai.:)

Mustaf said...

The shop is visited by people from all classes of life, the very rich seths to the extreme poor, who sit along side by side enjoying eating together.

Doesn't it reflect the true Indian culture where the riches and the poors are living their own life,radically different from each other, but still on the same motherland. I have water in my mouth already, I wish I could have placed an order via net and the mithai was at my doorstep the very next day :-)

Thanks for the post, and I must say you have a too good blog picture:-)

Sneha said...

@ Mustaf,

Your wish is a very good business idea. I hope our local halwai's can open franchises across the country where there are able to serve customer like you and me at their doorstep.

Thanks for the appreciation.:)

workhard said...

Good writing..

Make website india

Sneha said...

Thanks Workhard.:)

Krishna said...

Free advertisement for Shankar halwai..sahi hai..seems you loved the mithais there. :))

Harshita said...

Sneha... kahaan hain tu yaar?? itney din sey...sab theek?

Sneha said...

@ Harshita,
sab thik hai yaar.:)

tu suna, How are you?

Love
Sneha

Sneha said...

@ krishna,


hehe haan muzey mithiyan pasand hai.:)

Amrita~Ams said...

hmmm...muje bhook laging :P

Sourav !!! said...

I guess I've been to that very shop !

Btw, just love mathura ke pede ! :D

I'm from Lko ... so I exactly know how delicious our halwais' preparations are :)

Nice blog here, Sneha :)

Sourav...in love with me and life

Sneha said...

@ Amrita,

aaja fir.:)

Sneha said...

@ Sourav,

haan wo tou hain.

Harshita said...

sab theek hain yahan... bas tu gayab ho gayi toh mujhey laga pata nahi kya baat hain... ab aa gayi hain...toh am smiling...

Sam said...

madamji, time for u to write the new post. u r being missed on the blog.

Guru said...

Hi Guys! Anyone from Mathura please would you let me know the best place to buy Pedhas that are famous there. I am planning to travelt o Mathura shortly. Thanks much in advance..

Sneha said...

@ Guru,

When you enter the Holi Gate from the Bus stand end. You would get the Brijwasi Sweet shop On the left hand side. And there Pedas are the best.:)

Gaurav said...

Fantastic food of Uttar Pradesh!