If you are in Pahar and craving for food, travelers must try Garhwali food and Kumaoni food. India is famous for its spicy food, but one would observe that Pahari food is not that spicy. Pahari food is very simple, tasty and healthy, exactly like the people and their lifestyle in the hills.
The food of this region has evolved from the local produce and also from the influence of various cultures that came and lived here since ages.
Garhwali and Kumaoni dishes are similar as they are part of the same region and were influenced by same cultures.The local cuisine mainly consists of locally produced pulses, cereals, vegetables and dairy.
Kumaoni and Garhwali Dishes
Kafuli is a delicious blend of Palak (Spinach), Methi Leaves (Fenugreek Leaves) and Rice paste cooked in iron pot. It is mainly eaten during lunch and dinner.
Chainsoo is a curry which is full of protein made from Sabut Urad ki Dal (Black Gram Lentil) paste.
Badi is a nutritious curry dish made from Mandua flour (Buckwheat flour).
Sisunaak saag is a healthy dish made from Bichhu ghaas (Stinging Nettle). The stinging hairs are removed and then boiled and made into paste. The paste is then cooked with tomatoes and butter.
Fannah is an appetizing curry made from Gahat (Horse Gram) which is stewed with spices.
Thechwani is a tasty curry made from Radish and Potato paste.
Bhang ki chutney is made from Hemp seeds, Cumin seeds, Garlic leaves, Tamarind and salt. It is a thick sauce which enhances the taste of the dish served with.
Sani hui mooli is a side dish made from Radish, nimbu, green chilies, curd and salt. It enhances the taste of the dish served with.
Raita is a side dish made from grated Cucumber, curd, green chilies and mustard seed. It enhances the taste of the dish served with.
Mandua ki roti is tasty flat bread made from Finger Millet flour.
Gahat ke parathe is stuffed bread made from wheat and Finger Millet flour which is stuffed with Horse Gram.
Bal Mithai is a popular sweet dish made from Khoya and small Sugar balls.
Singori is a mouth watering sweet dish made from Khoya and fresh Coconut.