Matka Peer Dargah’s visit is incomplete without tasting Matka Peer Biryani at Babu Shahi Bawarchi. But if you don’t know the story behind it, read it below.
Story Behind Matka Peer Dargah
It is believed that a Sufi saint traveled India to preach Islam religion to people in around the 12th century. All the way from Iran, he visited India. While his journey, he reached near the Yamuna bank where he witnessed a man committing suicide. Out of curiosity when he asked the reason to the man, he got to know that a man was suffering from some incurable disease.
This Sufi saint offered the water from his Matka and the result was just magical. His disease got cured! Well, this story was quite a mystery and thus, Sultan Giyasuddin Balban wanted to test this man once again to get convinced. He then offered Sufi saint two Matkas; one a pot of iron balls that resembled black grams, and another pot of clay that resembled jaggery. To convince Sultan, saint magically turned both pots into real contents, which was then distributed among villagers.
Since then, Matkas are offered in Peer Dargah and even tie them to the barks of the trees surrounding it.
Why Matka Peer Biryani?
Matka Peer Biryani is quite popular among the crowd visiting Matka Peer Dargah. Well, it is believed that Dargah is as old as Babu Shahi Bawarchi stall. Since the inception of Dargah, every visitor is served with delicious Biryani. Thus, after the name of Matka Peer Dargah, this offering of Biryani is named as Matka Peer Biryani.
Babu Shahi stall is quite old but the consistency of the food is not the same. No one knows if the current owners are leading the legacy of Babu Shahi Bawarchi from their own family or not.
If you are planning to visit the Dargah, try your hands on this Matka Peer Biryani. Taste is not as before but at least you will take some memories with you.
Out of habit, people visit this place and order their plate of Matka peer Biryani. Now it’s kind of tradition, no matter however the taste is, they wish to stand by this stall and recall the story they heard of Sufi Saint.
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