Food in Uttarakhand consists of two distinct cuisines - Kumaon and Garhwal. These are the two regions that sum up the cuisine of the state. The best food in Uttarakhand to taste includes gahat ke paratha, kafuli, phanu, chainsoo, aaloo gutuk, dubke, kaapa, jaula, jholi, thathwani, chudkani, and sisunaak saag. It is accompanied with bhangeera ki chutney, mooli thechuwa and hara namak.
These dishes use seasonal vegetables that grow on the alluvial soils of the state. The food is designed to boost stamina (to trail the terrain) and increase body temperature (to combat the cool weather). For example, mathir and til laddus are prepared in winter as it produces heat, while dubkas with chholia rotis are summer dishes. The staple ingredient for the locals is lentils. It is slowly cooked, but rich in flavour.
The sweet dishes popular to Uttarakhand are singal-puha, jhangora ki kheer, singodi and baal mithai. These sweets are unique to the state, just like the drink - Sanaa Hua Nimbu.
The best restaurants to try these dishes are…
When in Dehradun, head to this enclave to sample some of the best momos, thukpa, fruit beer, garlic noodles, mutton shaptak, and chicken Shabalay. They specialise in Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan food.
It is the cutest café in Mussoorie with the most spectacular view of the valley and mountains. The food is incredible, ranging from coffee to burgers to momos. The pizza is beautifully prepared in a wood fire oven.
In Nainital, enjoy warm Chinese and Indian dishes at the cosy Machan Restaurant, which is easily to find. It is a decent and clean place that serves vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes.
Food in Uttarakhand is one of the reasons to check out SOTC’s Uttarakhand packages and plan your next holiday here.