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Cuisine of Uttarakhand

Chainsoo

Chainsoo is prepared by using black gram daal. Normally due to the high protein content in this daal it is difficult to digest. However it is said that the bad effect gets nullified by roasting. Similar preparation with slight variation is made out of black bhat (a varity of soyabeen), but in that case it is called bhatwani.

Pear and mango chutney

It is very tasty chutney with fruity taste which goes very well both with main meal and snacks.

Kafuli

Kafuli is a thick gravy preparation made from green leafy vegetables. Kafuli made of Spinach leaves is the most common preparation.

Jholi

In Garhwali, Jhol means very thin gravy. Jhol can be made out of tomatoes, potatoes and other tubers. On the other hand Jholi is gravy made out of curd. It is comparatively a much thicker jhol and similar to phanu in preparation.

Phaanu

Phanu is also made of dals (lentils) like chainsoo, but in this case the dals are soaked in water for about 4 to 6 hours before its use. A different variety of dals like- Gahat, Arhar or green Mung can be used to prepare Phanu.

Til ki Chutney

This chutney is mainly prepared during winters and is yummy with Tor ki daal n' Bhaat or with Gahat ke paranthe. It can also be used as a dip for various snacks.

Thechwani

Thechwani can be prepared using radish root (pahari mula having round root) or potatoes. The preparation is called by this name as the radish root or potato is never cut, but crushed (thinchao) into pieces.

Baadi

Baadi is made from Kwada ka Aata (also known as Choon or Mandua flour and is black in color) Baadi is best eaten with Gahat ki dal or Phaanu.Hot Baadi and hot Phanu is very popular food in Uttarakhand.

Roat

During marriages and other family or religious functions certain traditional Garhwali dishes are prepared, the most important among them are Roat and Arsa, besides `urd ki pakori, pooris , kaddu ki bhujji and alu-tamatar ka jhol are the most common dishes made during these occasions and the festive seasons.

   
 
 
 

 

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