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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular local food items in Nainital?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Every Indian state, and city, has its own local food, depending on its geographic and weather conditions. The people of Nainital too enjoy a typically local selection of dishes which constitute their daily meals. Some of the popular local dishes in Nainital are:

  • Raas: A curry, which is prepared with a combination of various Daals and is usually eaten during the winter season, with steamed rice and Bhang ki Chutney. It is prepared in a huge iron pan, since people believe it adds to the food’s nutritional value. A semi-liquid dish, Raas is made in varying levels of spicy-ness to suit different taste-buds.

  • Bhatt ki Churkani: This is a prominent part of festivals and celebrations in Nainital and is made of rice paste and plain flour. This dish usually acts as a dry accompaniment to curry-dishes.

  • Baadi: A favourite among locals, this is made with a combination of Arhar, Moong and Chana Dals. To add that extra punch, some preparations also include the zingy flavour of Bhaang and Sesame seeds.

    Baal Mithai: This chocolate like fudge is actually prepared by roasting khoya till it turns a muddy brown, and is then coated with white sugar balls. The best place to try out this one is Bada Bazaar, where this sweet is still prepared at old shops.

Most of these are very specific to the locals in Nainital, cooked mostly in their homes and on festivals. It might be hard to find at usual restaurants in Nainital, unless on rare, speiscial festivals and events. If you rent a cottage and have a cook-on-board, you could perhaps request him/her to cook up a typical food of Nainital. The staff at the hotel where you’re staying might also be able to point you towards some offbeat places for local food. Or if it’s your lucky day, they might even offer to cook a meal for you at their homes!

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