Sikkim is a north eastern state of India which has been influenced by its neighbouring regions of
Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Apart from being one of the most scenic states it is also known for its
tingle to the taste bud food which is healthy and mostly made of rice and maize which is a staple
food of the state. Being in a state like Sikkim one should never not taste the street foods which
are not a burden on the pockets but fulfill our stomach and taste buds are filled with flavours. If
visiting to Sikkim is on your checklist make sure to try out these dishes:
● Sael Roti is a traditional Nepali dish which is handmade into circular fermented bread
which looks somewhat like pretzels and is also found in Sikkim with both Veg and Non
It is usually prepared during the important festivals in Gangtok which are exchanged
among each other as a token of love.
● Thentuk is an interesting soup and not at all weird as it sounds. This soup is popular in
most of the restaurants in Sikkim and is one of the Tibetan dish which is very popularly
cooked on the streets of Sikkim. The soup consists of either chicken , mutton , veggies
with wheat and has a very good consistency as smooth as a silk. You can add chilli
flakes for extra spicy twist.
● Thupka is popular fast food all around the world but if you want the best Thupka with
veggies pulled right from the gardens Sikkim is the place to chow down this delicious
appetizers. Thupka is a noodle soup whose origin is from Tibet and the engagement of
different spices the flavor becomes uniquely different.
● Phasapha is the traditional Sikkim dish which is non vegetarian and includes chili,
radish, and pork as its main ingredients. It is popular street food available throughout the
state of Sikkim and you will get the best of this dish when eaten with Rice or Chapati.
Having huge amounts of protein and vitamins with no oil this is a must try dish for the
health conscious folks
● Churpi Soup is another popular dish served all across the state and probably the best
vegetarian dish as it consists of Cottage cheese which is paneer blended with vegetables and panchphoran which are whole ground spices and coriander leaves which gives an added freshness to the dish.
● Kinema is a substitute for people who don’t like to eat meat as it contains and fermented
soybean food which doesn’t require much time for preparation to serve it as a tempting
curry. It’s best tasted along side rice.
● Kodo Ko Roti is a local Nepali cuisine adopted by Sikkim. This dish is simple and usually
served by Tomato Pickle. The Key ingredient is Finger millet, which is also used to make this pancake and served with a variety of pickles of vast choice.
● Jaanr is an interesting traditional Sikkimese beverage. Other varieties like Makai
koJaanr, Simal Tarulko Jaanr, Bhaate Jaanr, and Jahun ko Jaanr are also available as
they use ingredients like maize, barley, cassava root, and wheat these are inexpensive
high calorie mild-alcoholic beverage prepared from steamed glutinous rice, consumed as
a staple food beverage in eastern state of India.
Gundruk is a fermented radish and cauliflower leaves. Being one of the specialty of
Sikkim it is often enjoyed with soup or curry .The dish has originated from Nepal which is
a healthy dish especially for Vegans as it is purely plant based.
Momos don’t need an introduction as it is the most trending food in this time line. Made
from grounded meat and fresh veggies the taste is immaculate to the taste buds.