I stayed in Shirdi (Maharashtra) for four days. My morning starts with tea at Yewale Amruttulya – opens at 5:30 am till 11 pm and then as there was no option of breakfast (though lunch/dinner was available) at the hotel, I walk a little bit via Kote Galli to reach Shri Mahalaxmi temple.
Nearby Shri Mahalaxmi temple, opposite Chaha House is Junaid’s tender coconut stall – since 5 years.
Junaid rides Royal Enfield motorcycle, opens his tender coconut stall at 8 am till 9 pm daily.
The cost of tender coconut water is between Rs. 40 – Rs. 80.
I tried all. Rs. 80 tender coconut was too big in size but not that refreshing. Rs. 50 was the best.
In Mumbai, in morning hours, I drink almost every day tender coconut water and the price is the same – Rs. 40 and Rs. 50.
Tender Coconut from Mysore is the best as per Mumbai tender coconut stall owners and also as per Junaid.
After having tender coconut water, I walk towards Mahalaxmi Tiffin Center i.e., next to Junaid tender coconut stall to have Dosa or Vada or Idli.
Mahalaxmi Tiffin Center opens at 6 am till 1 pm, run by family members since 12 years.
Lady prepares dosa and her husband – Vada. Two members of the family serve customers.
The cost of Dosa is – Rs. 30, Vada and Idli – Rs. 20.
Dosa was good but personal favourite – Vada at Mahalaxmi Tiffin Center.
Other than tender coconut water, hot/cheap/crispy street food options specially at early morning hours, if you like fruits, you can have Ber (Indian jujube) – Rs. 50/Kg and Peru (Guava/अमरूद ) – 5/6 for Rs. 40/50/80 (you have to bargain) available nearby temple-area.
Shirdi is famous for Ber (Indian jujube) and Peru i.e, Guava (अमरूद). During village visit I saw Guava farming in-around Shirdi.
I remember during visit to Deeg (Bharatpur, Rajasthan), I purchased Ber for Rs. 20 per kg but that was in the year 2014. If I compare the size and color of the Ber in Deeg and in Shirdi – There is big difference.
Shirdi’s Ber are bigger and green in color though Deeg Ber are yellow in color and smaller in size.
Taste wise which one is better – I can’t say. Yet to taste Shirdi’s Ber.
The journey continues..