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Jigyasha Prasad Feb 27 2014

Best local dishes in Himachal Pradesh

Pritha Manchanda Feb 28 2014
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The local food in Himachal pampers your soul with taste, satiety and an amazing experience. Himachal is one of the most beautiful destinations in India that not only provides you with some of the best detox stopovers in the Himalayas, but also treats you with the mouth watering local food including the famous ‘himachali’ apples. Not only the dishes have a distinctive taste of their own but also make use of rich spices including red chillies, cardamom, cloves and many others. In fact, this place is known for dishing out the most delicious delicacies of India. This is also one of the reasons why it’s flocked by tourists throughout the year.

Here’s a list of some of the best local dishes in Himachal worth trying:


Known as a traditional festive meal, Dham is a famous dish cooked majorly by Brahmins. In Chamba, this dish encapsulates ‘moong dal’, ‘rajma’ cooked in curd, and rice; it’s served on leaf plates or epattaisi. Also, Dham is teamed with ‘boor ki kari’, mash dal along with the well-prepared tamarind and jaggery sauce. Sweet rice mixed with raisins is treated as a desert.

Photo of Dham (by vinodbahal)


Made from wheat flour, Sidu is a baked bread that’s counted as a special delicacy of Himachal. It is usually cooked on specific occasions. Since, it’s prepared from wheat flour, the dough is kneaded and kept for some hours; once the yeast settles down and the dough rises for stuffing, the bread is put initially cooked on a bonfire and later steamed. This baked bread can be eaten with ghee, mutton or dal. You can try this dish at some of the best restaurants in Himachal.

Photo of Sidu (by Paradoxotaur)


Another important local food of Himachal is Patande; it’s mainly prepared in the Sirmour district of Himachal. The dish is made from wheat flour and somewhat looks like a pancake. It’s interesting to learn that Patande is also known as the Indian Pancake of Himachal. If you are planning to visit this place just for the Indian Pancake, you can opt for Himachal Tour Packages to further your convenience.

Photo of Patande (by Gilabrand)


Another very common food item is Meat; it’s one of the famous non-vegetarian dishes loved by the locals here. The raw meat is prepared with different spices including cloves, cardamom, chillies and cinnamon to add an authentic flavour and aroma to the dish. The dish is a must try as only the aroma of it will satisfy your appetite.

Photo of Meat (by Polytheorist)

Dal Chawal:

Quite a common food item of North Indians, Dal Chawal or plain rice and pulses is one of the most important food items for people of Himachal, apart from the famous local dishes in Manali. For them, it’s a source of both carbohydrates and proteins that are required for building a healthy body. Pulses are cooked in ghee and other spices in order to add a rich flavour to the preparation. Himachalis prefer eating chutneys and pickles with Dal Chawal to enhance their taste.

Photo of Dal Chawal (by rovingl)

While you relax and rejuvenate yourself at some of the best homestays in Himachal on your next visit, you can decide which one of these dishes would you like to treat your taste buds with. Enjoy the local food of Himachal and do share your yummilicious experience!

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