From Chha Gosht to Sidu: Traditional Food of Himachal Pradesh

Is there anything in Himachal Pradesh that you shouldn’t be missing out on besides the snow-capped mountains, the beautiful green valleys, and the thrilling activities of skiing and Paragliding? Of course, how can anyone leave without trying out the mouth-watering food of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh has a lot to offer. Once you are done enjoying with its gorgeous sights, make sure to try its mouth-watering Traditional Food of Himachal Pradesh.

Himachali or Pahadi cuisine is an interesting mix of Punjabi and Tibetan dishes, constituting most of the delicacies here. Cooked with the choicest of spices and to perfection, the dishes are aromatic and appetizing.

Here are 5 Traditional food of Himachal Pradesh which i personally recommend people to try while their visit.

1. Madra


A delicacy in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, madra is a special dish that showcases the state’s unique food culture. The dish mainly consists of the soaked chickpeas (chana) or vegetables. Cooked well in the oil and various spices such as cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, cumin, coriander powder and turmeric powder enhance the taste of this dish. Madra is one of the main dishes that represents the Traditional food culture of Himachal Pradesh. 

Where to enjoy? – Chamba and Kangra

Quick Tip – Best enjoyed with chapathi, rice and babru — a Himachali dish.

2. Dhaam


Dhaam is also one of traditional food of Himachal Pradesh. It gives a great taste promises a healthy dose of nutrients. The dish is composed with spicy curry of red kidney beans, fried dal, boor ki kadi, aromatic rice curd, sweets, salad and jaggery. Dhaam is a plate full of delicious delicacies that are a must-serve on the of festivals and occasions . The unique feature about this dish is that it is prepared by special desi chefs known as ‘botis’. This delicious and wholesome cuisine of Himachal Pradesh is usually
prepared by locals on festivals, marriages and other important occasions.

Where to enjoy? – Chamba and Manali

Quick Tip – Visit Himachal Pradesh during festivals or occasions to enjoy this Traditional cuisine.

3. Siddu


Siddu is a popular bread in the Himachali cuisine. It is made of wheat kneaded with yeast two hours before preparation, stuffed with mashed boiled green peas, roasted peanuts, walnuts, paneer (cottage cheese). This bread is usually paired with dal (lentils), ghee and green chutney. This partly cooked dough is then steamed to keep the taste and nutrients of the ingredients intact. Siddu is a local side- dish of Himachal Pradesh which greatly complements the main course of mutton or some vegetables. Siddu can easily be found in the local restaurants of Himachal Pradesh where Tourists can enjoy the flavour of this Himachali cuisine.

Where to enjoy? – Shimla, Manali, & Chamba.

Quick Tip – You should try this traditional Himachali dish with main course dishes

4. Babru


Himachalis have added a unique style to popular Kachoris of North India. Babru is a flat bread, it is prepared with the stuffing of black gram paste which is then added to the kneaded dough. The crisp and the scrumptious taste that this dish has to offer will make you forget the conventional Kachoris of North India. Babru is best enjoyed with Tamarind chutney and it also complements the famous Chana Madra of Himachal cuisine.

Where to enjoy? – Shimla

Quick Tip – You should this unique dish with hot tea especially during cold winters.

5. Chha Gosht

Chha Gosht

If you’re one of those hard-core vegetarian then nothing can serve you better than Chha Gosht. It is a classic Himachal dish, Chha gosht is served with a marinated lamb that is then cooked in a gravy of Gram flour and yogurt. The taste of this dish is highly enhanced when it is well cooked in the Indian spices such as cardamom, red chili powder, coriander powder, bay leaf, asafoetida and ginger-garlic paste.

Where to enjoy? – Chamba

Quick Tip – You can enjoy this delicious himachali cuisine with rice and Chapattis

The traditional food of Himachal Pradesh offers a delightful experience that is a must-try for all food enthusiasts. From the iconic dishes like Siddu and Dham to the flavorsome Madra and Babru, each dish reflects the rich cultural heritage of the region. Exploring the traditional food of Himachal Pradesh is not just a journey for the taste buds but also a glimpse into the vibrant traditions and legacy of this beautiful state. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor these authentic delicacies that have been cherished for generations in the heart of the Himalayas.

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