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This dish is a favourite among locals in Manali and is frequently seen in neighbourhood grocers. Local pumpkin, some dry raw mango powder, or amchoor, and some boondi, or little fried lentil balls, on top. You’ll undoubtedly serve this again as one of your quick dinner meals.
A half-moon-shaped steamed bread called locally as siddu is consumed with milk, tea, or just dipped in clarified butter, also known as ghee in India. Every household in Manali consumes siddu, which is popularly thought to keep the body warm throughout the winter. A traditional Himachali dish, Sidu is a steamed bread made from fermented dough, stuffed with a mix of dal (lentils) and served with ghee.
The babru is a deep-fried flatbread or puri that is sweet and delicious, much like the bhatura of north India. In order to fill the puris, urad dal, or lentils, and jaggery syrup are used. Both kids and adults adore it, making it a must-have meal for special occasions.
This delicacy, which is constructed of buckwheat and wheat flour like a pancake, is a staple of any celebration or festival. Aktori is a sweet dessert that is given on holidays or special occasions.
The Himalayan trout fish is one of Manali’s top culinary draws. You can eat it curried, baked, or fried. You won’t be dissatisfied with this sweet water fish. Manali is famous for its fresh mountain rivers, which are home to delicious trout fish. Try it grilled or fried for a tasty and healthy meal.
This mutton-based dish is a staple in Himachali cuisine. This regional delicacy, which is slow cooked with ginger, garlic, and gramme flour, is marinated in curd and spices. A definite must-try.
A hearty noodle soup made with vegetables, meat, and spices, perfect for warming up in the cold Manali weather.
To experience this popular dish’s flavour as closely as possible to that of China, you must eat the momos in Manali. These Tibetan dumplings are a popular street food in Manali, filled with either vegetables or meat and served with a spicy sauce. The ingredients and preparation techniques are exactly as they should be in China. When you are in Manali, try these!
This traditional Himachali rice dish is made with vegetables and herbs. This dish will stay in your mind as a representation of Manali and its regional cuisine on a rainy day when nothing else appears to satisfy your appetite.
A traditional Himachali meal, Dham consists of a variety of vegetarian dishes like rajma, madra, paneer, and rice, served with ghee and curd.
Manali is known for its apple orchards, so don’t miss out on trying apple-based desserts like apple pie, apple crumble, or apple halwa.
A traditional Indian meal consisting of a variety of dishes served on a large plate, thalis are a great way to try a little bit of everything, including dal, curry, rice, bread, and more.
Visit the local gurudwara and partake in the langar, a free community meal served in Sikh temples. The langar usually includes vegetarian dishes like dal, roti, and sabzi.
With a strong Tibetan influence, Manali offers a variety of Tibetan specialties like thenthuk (hand-pulled noodle soup), shapta (stir-fried meat), and tingmo (steamed Tibetan bread).
A popular North Indian bread, kulcha is a soft, fluffy bread typically stuffed with potato or paneer filling. Enjoy it with curry or yogurt for a satisfying meal.
It’s always advisable to try local delicacies from hygienic and reputable food stalls to ensure food safety.
Text by Ashutosh Kumar