India is a country full of diversity in every ways whether for clothes, languages, cultures, food and so on. And Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states of our country. It’s famous for beautiful mountains, tea gardens, palatable food, temples, serenity, monasteries and many adventure activities. Basically from the hills, let’s talk about the best cuisines of Himachal Pradesh. So, if you are visiting Himachal, never miss them!
1. Patrode/ Patrodu: Made from the combination of gram flour and colocasia leaves , this is a popular Himachali vegetarian dish. Some dishes like Patra in Gujarat, Patrodo in Maharashtra/Goa also have some similarities with this. It is served as sliced rolls or dumplings and the cooking method is either steamed or fried.
2. Dhaam (The Himachali Thali): Although it’s not a dish, it is like a food festival celebrated in the state and is prepared and served on every joyful event or celebration. Temples also serve Dhaam on most of the auspicious dates. The food is served on leaf plates called pattlu (in local language). It includes rice, Rajma (Red Kidney Beans), Chole (Chickpea) cooked in Desi Ghee which is known as ‘Madrah’ and followed by Moong dal, Urad dal, Masoor dal. Then khatta which is prepared by jaggery and tamarind combination. Finally, meethe chawal is served as sweet dish in the last, made from rice with raisins and dry fruits. Although the way of preparation may differ for different regions of the state.
3. Siddu: Siddu is one of the most loved dishes in Himachal mostly in Mandi, Kullu, Manali, Rohru and Shimla. So spicy, it’ll promise to charge up your taste buds. It is a type of bread made from wheat flour stuffed with spicy masala and is served with pudina or other type chutney. It consumed with ghee in winter season mostly, to maintain body temperature and boost energy.
4. Rehru / Khairu: It is simple and spiced yogurt with rice dish which tastes amazing. It can consumed with rice and chapatis both. There’s also a simple and quick 2-minute dish present called Kheru which is prepared without rice and includes masala and curd.
5. Kullu trout fish: It is pahadi dish originating from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. It is fried fish prepared with minimal spices to retain the original taste. It is simple and hassle free. People loving sea food should not miss out this one!
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