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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular local dishes in Manali?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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When travelling to this hill station, one must not miss out on the local dishes in Manali. The scrumptious grub you will feast on here is sure to last in your memory for a lifetime! Here is a list of some of the popular food of the region.


On your trip to Manali don’t miss out on the traditional elaborate fare called Dham, which is usually cooked during wedding ceremonies in Himachal Pradesh. It often includes rice, curry, curd and sweetened rice among other things. Often served as a special lunch, you will find it at many local food joints.

Thali (by Subhashish Panigrahi)

Red Rice

Grown locally, the red rice available at restaurants and dhabas in Manali has a unique nutty flavour. Generally served with a local variety of kidney beans, and saag (a green leafy vegetable dish), it makes for a simple and hearty meal.

Red Rice (by Sengai Podhuvan)

River Trout

There is no way you can visit Manali and not feast on the local favourite--river trout preparations made with local flavours. Generally served along with rice, the flavours are both spicy and tangy. You can try out a tandoori take on this dish at the Khyber Restaurant.

Fish Preparation (by Murcotipton)

Masala Omelette

Whether you’re enjoying a nice time leisurely strolling on the roads or travelling to the scenic Rohtang Pass, the one thing that you will find everywhere to eat in Manali is a special masala omlette, usually served with two slices of bread. This is the ultimate comfort food, specially on chilly mornings or evenings!

Omlette (by stu_spivack)


Like most cold places, people of Manali love to have lots of tea to keep them warm and accompany conversations. From plain tea to masala tea with heaps of ginger and cinnamon flavour, you are sure to find a tea stall at every nook and corner of the hill station. And every Indian knows that nothing beats the awesome combination of spectacular mountain views and a steaming cup of chai!

Tea (by Unlisted Sightings)

Kadhi Chawal

Famous for its mouthwatering kadhi chawal (a spicy gram flour curry and rice dish), no matter where you have this dish in Himachal, you will always come back for more. While on the way to Manali don't forget to stop over at the Manikaran Gurudwara around which you will find many small food shacks selling this delicacy!

Kadhi Chawal (by Barthateslisa)

Apart from this there are also many popular north Indian as well as Chinese and Tibetan restaurants in Manali that combine local flavours with the original cuisine. There may not be too many local dishes in Manali, but they are definitely lip smacking and worth a try!

Richa Sharma Sep 19 2015
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http://khurki.net/where-to-eat-in-manali/....must check for manali visitors !
Richa Sharma Sep 19 2015
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check links for eating joints in manali:
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