Whenever it comes to tourism that has beautiful valleys, natural beauty, snow-capped mountains, or clean air, the places in Himachal Pradesh are kept in high priority. Apart from traveling, one of the reasons to love this state is the food here. Yes, Himachal Pradesh offers natural beauty along with the best taste of Pahari cuisine. The thick and rich gravy, laced with aromatic spices, is used in abundance as the base for many dishes. Today, in this episode, we are going to tell you about the main and famous dishes of Himachal Pradesh, which also reflect the culture here. Let's know about these dishes...
To make this dish, firstly soak black gram dal in water overnight or for 5-6 hours. After this, remove the excess water and make a paste by putting the lentils in a blender. Now mix wheat flour, 1/2 cup refined oil, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Mix all the ingredients well and knead them into a soft dough with the help of water. Take small portions of the roll and add black gram paste to each portion. Roll it back into a puri shape. Fry on both sides till they puff up and get cooked evenly. Serve it hot with any vegetable, tamarind chutney, or pickle.
Dham is one of the most common and traditional dishes prepared at festivals in Himachal Pradesh. Dham is also given in the form of prasad on auspicious occasions in temples. Dham is served on a plate of leaves and consists of rajma, moong dal, rice, curd, mash dal, and burr crab. Sweets in the form of Kheer or Meetha Bhaat are also offered at the end of the Dham.
Kullu Trout Fish
Kullu trout fish is one of the special delicacies, especially for fish lovers. Kullu trout is the most famous food of Himachal Pradesh, and this wonderful dish is served in the Kullu region. It uses minimal spices to bring out the true flavor of the trout. The dish tastes delicious on its own when you have it with boiled vegetables, hence making it one of the healthiest dishes of Himachal Pradesh. You can visit various restaurants in Kullu to relish this scrumptious dish.
It is one of the traditional food of Himachal Pradesh. This dish is made from chickpeas. Kabuli gram is the white gram. Madra means thick gravy made from curd. This dish with thick gravy is cooked with spices. It is one of the most famous dishes of Shimla, Himachal. It is easily available in any restaurant. Spicy dishes have a special place in the cuisine of Himachal. This is a main course dish.
To make this delicious dish, put chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, ginger, garlic, cloves, poppy seeds, mace, green chilies, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon stick, fennel, stone flower, and red chili powder in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing all these spices. Add chopped potatoes to it. Soak masoor dal in water and keep it for 30 minutes. Apart from this, wash the rice and soak it in a separate bowl for 30 minutes. Add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and cardamom, and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the prepared masala along with the potatoes in it. Mix all the ingredients well. Add curd to the mixture and then add rice and dal. Cover and pressure cook and serve hot rice.
It is a non-vegetarian dish. Which is made from sheep meat. This list of famous food of Himachal is incomplete without “Chha Gosht”. The gravy of this dish is made from gram flour, curd, and other spices. In this dish, lamb meat is marinated with spices. This dish of Himachal gives a different taste to your glands.
Siddu is mostly liked in Mandi, Kullu, Manali, and Shimla. It is a type of roti made from wheat flour. A mixture of wheat and yeast are used to make it. After kneading wheat with yeast, the dough is left to rise for at least 4 to 5 hours. generally, it is served with desi ghee dal and chutney.
To make this delicious dish, add chopped ginger, garlic, and onion and fry in a hot pan. Once done, turmeric, coriander powder, black pepper, and chili Add powder and salt and cook. After this, put gram flour in the pan and fry it for 2 minutes. Add washed and boiled lotus stalks to it. Mix well with other ingredients and let it cook for 20 minutes. When the lotus stems are cooked, place them in a serving dish and serve hot.
Aktori includes buckwheat leaves and wheat flour. It is a festive dish and is made in the form of a cake. One of the most loved dishes, Aktori is a famous food of Himachal Pradesh. This dish originated in the Spiti Valley and is loved by people across the state.
As the name suggests, this dish is sour. This dish is made with pumpkin, spices, and madra gravy. Dry mango powder is used along with some other spices for a pungent taste.