Himachal Pradesh snow-clad mountains, the lush green valleys, the freshness in the air, apart from being blessed with scenic natural beauty and also a splendid blend of exquisite Pahari cuisine that provides any kind of tourist more than just one reason to fall in love with these gorgeous hills dotted the state.
Himachali or Pahari cuisine has a unique aroma and also flavor to it due to the usage of a lot of yogurt and cardamom and cook on slow flame. The surrounding states of Punjab and also Tibet have a deep influence. So, on your next Himachal trip to this beautiful hill station don’t miss out on some of the delicious pahari dishes that they have to offer you.
Dham is an integral part of the Himachali cuisine, as well as their celebrations, which are filled with this amazing dish. It was once known to be a meal prepared for Brahmins in regions of Chamba. It is prepared with red kidney beans which are popularly known as Rajma, along with moong dal and yogurt and also rice. It is a truly delicious dish and reflects the flavors of the cuisine in it. It is offered together with mash dal as well as tamarind Chutney. Traditionally, the recipe is served on leaves to be used as plates.
Sidu is local bread made from wheat flour. The flour is kneaded as well as reserved for some hours for the yeast to settle and the dough to rise. This dough is put on direct fire of bonfire to be par-cooked and afterward later on steamed to complete the cooking. This unique bread is usually enjoyed with ghee or butter alone or can be indulged in with mutton or daal also.
3. Mash Daal
Mash daal or kali daal is cooked with split black lentils or ma ki daal. It is soaked overnight, pressure cooked and then simmered in a hefty bottomed frying pan together with thinly sliced onions, ginger, garlic and spices shallow fried in hot mustard oil to give the comforting mash daal.
Mittha, as the famous name in Himachali food, is a local dessert of Himachal Pradesh. It is prepared with sweetened rice mixed with a generous helping of raisins as well as various other dry fruits.
5. Tudkiya Bhath
Tudkiya Bhath is what North Indians call ‘Pulao’. The pahadi version of pulao has the extra dose of lentils, as well as yogurt along with raw garlic that might make you ask for an extra serving. In Himachal Pradesh, this main dish is best complemented with mashed dal & lemon slices.
6. Aloo Palda
Milk or milk products like buttermilk and also yogurt is often used in Himachali cuisine. The thick cream or the rich yogurt fused with spices and also something tangy like tamarind makes for a curry special to Himachal. The aloo palda is another dish that uses this basic gravy, which is extremely easy and also quick to make. Boiled aloo or potatoes are added to curd that is prepared in mustard oil laden with flavors. A hassle-free recipe, the recipe can be eaten with rice or bread.
Babru is a famous dish of the District Shimla. This dish has a filling of black daal along to flavors. This babru is likewise called the bharwa puri and is served with vegetables. Babru is the Himachali variation of kachoris, and is served with vegetables and also coriander chutney.
8. The Delicious Lamb Curry – Chha Gosht
One more Himachali dish, Chha Gosht is a dish that is made with marinated lamb meat cooked in a gravy of gram flour, yogurt & spices such as cardamom, red chili powder, coriander powder, bay fallen leave, and asafoetida and ginger-garlic paste.
9. Trout Fish
The state promises a great number of non-vegetable delicacies. Trout is a well-known recipe in the Kullu region. The marinated fish is cooked in the minimal spices to keep nutrients as well as the original taste of Trout intact. It is one of the healthiest dishes of the state. It can be easily availed in the Kullu-Manali region as well as Barot valley.
10. Anardana Chicken
This is an uncommon chicken dish from the pahari food. This dish is heavy and also loaded with spices & oil but the bronze color is from hours of marinating in-ground anardana (dry pomegranate seeds) & chilies. Dry Pomegranate seeds are used for their flavor.