These are the dishes you can expect in the Himachal Pradesh Dham

The rich Pahari thali is a must try!

 

If you are planning a trip to Himachal Pradesh then the local Pahari food is a must try. They Himachalis love their food and their food is rich and spicy and usually cooked with a lot of pure ghee, curd, and buttermilk, making it delicious. Dham is the name for a traditional Himachali meal and no festivals and celebrations are complete without the traditional Dham. It’s interesting to know that Dham is cooked only by botis who are a caste of Brahmin chefs!

The Dham is served in courses and here’s what you can expect to be served in a typical Himachali Dham:

The first dish to be served in the Dham is cooked rice and moong dal.

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Then comes the Madra which can either be chana madras or rajma (kidney bean) Madra which is cooked in a thickish gravy.

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Then comes the Palda, also called the Aloo Palda which is potatoes cooked in thick yogurt gravy.

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After the Palda comes the Khatta. As the name suggests, this is a slightly tangy dish either made with black chana (Bengal gram) and in some regions with pumpkin. Either dry mango owner or tamarind is added o give it the tangy taste along with the spices and salt.

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The Babru which comes next is like kachoris and it’s a Himachali version of the same. The stuffing is made with soaked and ground black gram daal paste.

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The last on the Dham course is the Meetha Bhaat which the people of Himachal call Mittha. It’s a sweet variety of rice, cooked in ghee and topped with a generous helping of dry fruits and nuts.

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Speaking to HFT, Bollywood art director Chokas Bharadwaj who is a Pahari from Himachal Pradesh says that there is a wide variety and each region has a different way of cooking and serving when it comes to the Himachali Dham.