TRADITIONAL FOOD OF UTTARAKHAND :Uttarakhand is a state in the northwestern part of India. Bordered locally with Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and internationally with Nepal and China the state is very famous for its beauty. The winter capital of the state is Dehradun whereas Gairsain a town in Chamoli district is the summer capital. Uttarakhand is very famous for its traditional food. Uttarakhand is also known as Devbhumi(the land of Gods) due to the number of Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres which can be found throughout the state.
The state is culturally enriched and is divided into two major regions of Garhwal and Kumaon. The people of Uttarakhand are known as Paharis(people from the hills). The culture of Uttarakhand is enriched by features like its music, dance, festivals, cuisines, art and crafts and much more.
Holi, Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Navratri are some of the national festivals celebrated by the people of Uttarakhand along with these there are some local festivals which include Harela, Phooldei, Basant Panchami, Ghee Sakranti, Utraini, Makraini, Ghughutia etc.
Uttarakhandi cuisine is one of the most popular and tasty cuisines in India. People just love to eat the traditional food of Uttarakhand. Here we are presenting the top food items/dishes that you must try if you are in Uttarakhand.
1.ARSA(one of the best traditional food of Uttarakhand)
Arsa is one of the most famous and favourite dishes from Uttarakhandi cuisine.
It is just a sweet dish made up of Rice, Jaggery/Sugar, Fennel(saunf) and other dry fruits according to the availability. This sweet Pahari dish is prepared and served on occasions like weddings and traditional celebrations.
Phanu is a pahadi dish that belongs to the Garhwal and Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
Phanu is a blend of Lentils (daL) which creates a wonderful dish. Variety of Dals: Gahat, Arhar, Urad, Toor etc. can be used for making Phanu.People love to eat Phanu along with roti(chapati) or plain white rice.People just love to prepare and enjoy this traditional food of Uttarakhand.
Baadi is a famous dish from the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand made from kwada/mandua ka aata(Ragi flour). It is very delightful in taste. It is a ready to cook dish with high nutritional values. People usually eat this dish with Phanu. The addition of Ghee gives this traditional food of Uttarakhand a unique aroma and makes it perfect.
4.URAD DAL K PAKODE (BHOODI)
Urad dal k pakode also known as Bhoodi or Bhoori is one of the best traditional food of Uttarakhand.
This mouthwatering dish is made by grinding urad dal with other spices. This dish is prepared especially on occasions like weddings and other cultural events. The pakodas are served along with hot Chai(tea) as a snack.
5.THECHWANI OR THICHWANI
Prepared by squashing potatoes and radish(aloo mooli) with a grinding stone, Thechwani is a popular and one of the tastiest traditional food of Uttarakhand.
The classic combination of Potato and Raddish along with sauted onions and tomatoes gives this dish a perfect taste. The Tadka (tempering) of Jakhya also known as wild mustard makes this dish smell too good and adds a unique flavour to it
6. BHANG KI CHUTNEY
Famous for its tart taramind taste, Bhang ki Chutney is a traditional sauce made by grinding roasted hemp seeds, cumin seeds, garlic leaves, mint leaves, green chilli,taramind, lemon juice and salt.
The chutney is very popular not only in Uttarakhand but also in other regions of the country. The chutney can be served at any time of the day but if served with traditional pahadi cuisines, it enhances their taste
7.JHANGORE KI KHEER
Jhangore ki kheer is one of the most popular and tasty desserts of Uttarakhand. It is very delicious and easy to make that you can prepare it in the comfort of your home for your family and friends. It is made by cooking soaked Jhangora(barnyard millet) along with milk, jaggery or sugar and dry fruits. This delicious and nutritious Garhwali dessert is loved by all.
8.KODE KI ROTI
Kode ki roti is very famous Garhwali roti made of mandwa(ragi) which is called Koda in Garhwal and other regions of Uttarakhand.
It is very tasty and low in calories which makes this dish perfect for fitness enthusiasts. There are numerous benefits of the roti. It is beneficial in weight loss, fighting diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure etc.
9.KANDALI KI SABZI
Kandali, known as Nettle in English, is a kind of shrub of the Atriyasi family found in the middle mountainous region and uptika of Nepal and Himalayas.
It has medicinal properties, it can be eaten by boiling. People of Uttarakhand use the leaves of Kandali to make sabzi. This delicious and healthy sabzi holds an irreplaceable position in the Uttarakhandi cuisine. People of almost every age group love to eat this lovely traditional food of Uttarakhand. The tadka(tempering) of Jakhya(wild mustard) makes this dish perfect.