Uttarakhand has a very simple, yet delicious cuisine. The food is nutritious as well as healthy and tasty. Generally, either pure ghee or mustard oil is used for the purpose of cooking food.
Uttarakhand doesn’t have one uniform cuisine; instead, the local dishes keep changing as you move from place to place. The foods are mostly North Indian, with a major part of the eateries and restaurants – especially in an around the pilgrimage sites – being vegetarian.
The food is also usually prepared using lentils and pulses. The area fosters both Garhwali and Kumauni cuisines which are though somewhat similar in elements but differ slightly in styles. Rice and Hash seeds known as ‘Bhaang’ are essential elements of any platter here. Bhatt ki Churdkani, Arsa (a sweet dish), Kafuli(a preparation of local green leafy vegetables), Phannu, Badi, Rus( preparation of a number of lentils), Gulgula (a sweet snack), Kandalee ka Saag, Palau are the local and unique preparations almost unique to the area, with which the cuisine of Uttarakhand is defined.
The main ingredient in this dish is a mountain radish root and mountain potato which is crushed along with some ginger and garlic.
Prepared using black lentils, this is an incredibly flavorful and protein rich gravy where this pulse is first roasted until it gives off an aromatic fragrance before being grinded to the consistency of a powder.
This is a special Garhwali preparation that is prepared from lentils like Gahat or Kulath. This dal is firstly left to soak for 8 hours after that grinding it into a thick batter. The batter is not only used as gravy but people also use it to create small pancakes and cook them together.
This dish is another healthier version of the Saag dish of north India. It is prepared from fresh spinach, onion, ginger, garlic and other aromatic spices which are later on thickened with the help of delicious rice paste.
Kode ki Roti :
This special roti is prepared with the help of a local grain present in large quantity on the hills which also holds incredible health benefit values which is known as Koda or Ragi. This roti is mixed with Daal and is an incredibly rich in iron and fibre.
Aloo Ke Gutke :
The preparation of this delicacy is extremely easy .
Bursting with flavors this humble dish consists of fried potatoes and seasoned with red chili flakes, coriander leaves and other spices .
Bhatt ki Churkani :
It is prepared with the help of black soya bean which is locally grown and is blended with rice paste making it one of the most healthy delicacy of the Kumaon region.
Dubuk : It is prepared with the help of either Arhar, Gahat or other lentil of your choice. This stock that is created is then turned into a really fine paste by including some rice flour. It is finally then mixed with some flavourful powdered spices over slow fire.
Bhang ki Chutney :
The main ingredient for this food accompaniment is bhang seeds. These seeds are roasted to perfection and later on added with garlic shoots, sour pomegranate seeds, tamarind, salt and cumin which makes it a zesty treat to have along with food.
Kumaoni Dal Bade :
This is a popular favorite among the local population of the Kumaon region. These fritters are prepared with the help of Kumaoni dal and are fried to a crispy consistency and are known for being extremely healthy due to the absence of gluten in its preparation.