Pahari or Himachali cuisines have very little global presence. But, it’s simple flavors and earthiness leaves an everlasting smack on your taste buds and a forever lasting impression on your mind. Due to the topography of the state, most areas have unique tastes, and very little influence from outside.
The food eaten normally is very simple and comprises of a lentil, rice, vegetables and roti. Due to the climate of the region, food that provides warmth and strength, is the main criterion in selection of ingredients.
Some of the most famous must-have dishes you can try out in Shimla are –
This is a very famous dish in Himachali cuisine that is served at almost all festivals and occasions.
It’s thick, yogurt based gravy made out of generally white or black chick peas. It is served with rice or white bread. Dry fruits are sometime added to it, to add to the fanfare.
Places in and around Shimla where you can eat Channa Madra:
This is a deceptive chicken dish, as by its look you have flames of tangy, spicy, hot flavor going up in your head.
It might scare you and look heavy for a weak stomach or too oily. But in reality it’s just the ground anardana (dry pomegranate seeds) playing their part.
They add the tang to the dish, which you will feel after a few mouthfuls. The unique spices add to the smokiness of the flavor. It is served with paranthas or triangle flatbreads.
Places in and around Shimla where you can eat Chicken Anardana:
According to the regions it is served in, the stuffing’s seem to vary.
Commonly, it is filled with a small amount of paste of poppy seeds, sometimes mutton or a sweet filling is also prepared.
It is steamed to perfection and served hot. It is most relished with a generous serving of homemade ghee. Pieces of Siddu are broken with the hand, dipped in the lukewarm oil and then enjoyed with friends and family.
Places in and around Shimla where you can eat Siddus–
Is one of the main starters at any occasion like weddings or at festival time. The main ingredient of this dish is the badi, also called Mukund Badi.
Traditionally, it was made at home; nowadays it is available in stores too.
It is made with a fine mixture of Urad and Chan Dal, which has been soaked overnight. This mixture is then boiled in water and cut into fine pieces. Before cooking these pieces are fired. It is made in yogurt based gravy and served hot with both rice and roti.
Places in and around Shimla where you can eat Sepu badi Madra:
Himachali cuisine did not include many veggies earlier.
Most spreads included tubers and red meats. Now, green vegetables are finding a way to the table and cherished readily. This dish is full of spices and has a very pungent aroma, which catches your senses instantly. It is made at almost all occasions and a favorite of all ages. Ripe pumpkin is used and dried mango powder is essentially added at the last stage of cooking to add a tangy twist to it. Served warm with roti or rice.
Places in and around Shimla Where you can eat Auriya Kadoo are:
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