My Everyday Morning Natural Refreshing Drink & Street Food in Shirdi, Maharashtra

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 - Nariyal Paani Wala, Next to Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir, Opposite - Chaha House, Shirdi, Maharashtra, India

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, Next to Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir, Opposite - Chaha House, Shirdi, Maharashtra, India

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.

Ber (Indian jujube) at Shirdi, Maharashtra, India

Peru (Guava) in Shirdi, Maharashtra, India

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..

My favourite Tea Shop / Canteen in Shirdi (Maharashtra)

I reached Shirdi from Mumbai by bus at 2:30 pm and by 2:40 pm I was in the hotel.

After freshening up, I decided to skip afternoon meal and had a walk around Shirdi.

Not far from the hotel, I saw Yewale Amruttulya –  Pune famous tea brand, since 1983.

Yewale Amruttulya, Shirdi, Maharashtra

* Yewale – The surname, Amruttulya – Amrut (nectar), tulya (comparable).

The spacious shop is near to Shree Chavadi.

Yewale Amruttulya is a known brand in Mumbai. Opposite Bombay Dyeing at Worli, I have visited this shop many times and had cup of tea with friends. I was aware about the quality of tea – which is excellent and price – per cup Rs. 10 only.

Immediately, I decided to have a cup of tea.

The taste of the tea was as similar as I had in Worli. No change i.e., excellent. They maintain similar quality at all branches/franchise.

The only difference – at Worli before lockdown, they serve tea via their own cup having Yewale Amruttulya printed but here in Shirdi due to pandemic (COVID-19) they are serving tea via plastic cups.

What I like the most about Yewale Amruttulya: The quality/taste/color of the tea and the cleanliness/hygiene in-around the shop. One can also watch the tea preparation as it is viewable for customers.

I had two cups of tea.

* येवले  चहा एकदा पिऊन तर  पहा… (taste the tea once)

So true. I was तृप्त.

Motto (displayed): In the next ten years, to start & run successfully 2500 branches across India & around the world.

Best Wishes ! You will.

Next day, walking around Saibaba temple-area, I saw Tea Canteen by Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi.

Tea Canteen - Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, Maharashtra

And the cost:

Tea – Rs. 2 only, Coffee – Rs. 3 only and Milk – Rs. 3 only. Subsidized rates. Good for needy and even for us sometimes.

I requested for coffee but was not available thus, I requested for a cup of tea.

The tea taste was different from Yewale Amruttulya but having it own value i.e., quality & taste.

During four days stay, numerous times I had tea at Yewale Amruttulya (specilly early morning hours) and at Tea Canteen during evening hours.

Yewale Amruttulya opens at 5:30 am till 11 pm and Tea Canteen – 24 hours open.

I am a tea lover (without sugar) though I am not diabetic. At home I prepare tea myself thus, when I am on tour I wish to taste the best tea in town/city no matter it is with sugar. Every town/city always have a famous tea point.

I suggest: if you – The devotees visiting Shirdi, visit the shop as well as canteen.

Please note: Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi also run Prasadalaya – 1 km from temple. There they provide Prasad for FREE and at Subsidized rate. I visited thrice and had delicious Prasad. The journey continues..

* Marathi to English translation by – Rahul Patil – a dear friend from Pune, Maharashtra.