The culture and heritage of Agra is centuries old. From the magnificent monuments to being ruled by several dynasties with different ethnicities, the city is a fine blend of different cultures and traditions. This surely has impacted the food scene of the city. Though being a North Indian city, Agra enjoys a fine blend composition of several cuisines. One of the greatest joys that North Indian cuisine has offered is the delicious paratha. A paratha is a chapati (Indian bread) that is stuffed with several ingredients, vegetables, and other elements to add taste to it. Thus, when you are in Agra, Rambabu Paratha Bhandar is where you should head to and enjoy the lip-smacking, different varieties of paratha.
Being a North Indian (from Haryana), paratha has acquired a special plate in our food plan. Be it breakfast or lunch, sometimes even at dinner, paratha is something we can’t avoid. Though, this iconic dish can be found all across Indian from South to North-East. We as children grew up eating paratha in our breakfast, lunch with curd and pickle. Be it simple paratha or stuffed (aloo paratha most of the time), every student here has a special connection with this dish. So, there were two reasons to visit Rambabu Paratha Bhandar, one being it’s known for being an iconic paratha joint in Agra and second, it’s a very old eatery which is being run for a very long time.
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Rambabu Paratha Bhandar Agra was opened in 1930
Rambabu Paratha was the last spot on our Agra Food Tour where we went to have breakfast on our second and last day of Agra’s weekend trip. It was my friend’s idea to visit Rambabu Paratha Bhandar of Agra. Being a famous restaurant in Agra, Rambabu is known for its legacy that they have been running for almost close to a century which means this dish has been triggering the taste buds of people for centuries. I don’t know the origin of paratha. The paratha eateries of Chandani Chowk (Parathe Wali Gali) are even older than Rambabu Paratha Bhandar of Agra. However, I don’t like those parathas.
On our last day in Agra, we decided to visit Itimad-ud-Daula’s Tomb, Mehtab Garden, Akbar’s Tomb, and Fatehpur Sikri. So, we checked out from the hotel, booked a cab and we first reached Rambabu Paratha Bhandar to have breakfast. Since we reached there in the morning, so we didn’t encounter a crowd and the restaurant was almost empty. The place looked nice, a little congested but it was good enough. We occupied the seat in the corner.
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70 varieties of paratha at Rambabu Paratha Bhandar
It took us a long time to decide what to order. The menu was full of different paratha varieties from normal routine parathas to some unique stuffing, some of which I hadn’t heard before. No matter how long I spend reading every name on the menu, I end up ordering aloo paratha at least once. So, one al paratha and one mix paratha, that’s what ordered there. It took some time for the plates to be on our table. Thus, meanwhile, we shot some videos and took some photographs for the blog and Instagram.
After some time, big sized plates were put on the table. Two different vegetable curries were served in two bowls. One veg side dish was served on the plate itself. We also had pickles and chutney as well. Then came the paratha, hot and crispy, cut from the middle into two parts so that one didn’t have to face difficulty while eating big sized paratha. Then we also ordered chilled sweet lassi. Lassi goes perfect with paratha and I don’t miss it. I remember, at times I used to go Moolchand at Lajpat Nagar to eat paratha with lassi.
The paratha was very crispy and dipped in butter. I wish I could get to see the kitchen and see how they make it. Its size is slightly bigger than the normal parathas and I guess one is enough for a person, considering it comes with three veg curries.
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The price of paratha at Ram babu paratha bhandar is slightly on the higher side, though not too much heavy on the pocket. The menu here is almost double what you will find at a normal place. But, considering that the paratha quality is different; so that’s very justifiable. If you think where you have a nice North Indian breakfast in Agra, this is where you have to come.
There are two branches in Agra
The restaurant has two branches in Agra city. The one we visited was located in Civil Lines in Gopal Bazar. Another branch of this restaurant, Rambabu Paratha Wale is located in Sikandra. I didn’t visit the Sikandra one; though I did visit Sikandra for Akbar’s Tomb and then headed to Fatehpur Sikri which was the last place on our two day’s itinerary of Agra.