Himachal Pradesh is the favorite place for a weekend’s getaway. There are snow adventures, different treks, the Himalayas; to top it all off, the food culture here is very different. It has its own speciality, a Pahadi touch.
The Himachali thali (Dham) is famous, but besides that, there are famous and traditional sweets which you must try. After having the delicious thali, one ought to have a dessert. These are the foods to have when you have a sweet tooth.
Himachal has its own pancakes. Patande was originated in the Sirmaur district of Himachal. It is made from wheat flour, sugar and milk. This dough is made into pancakes into a pan. It is generally eaten for breakfast. To pair with it one can have jam, syrup. Traditionally, it is served with honey or ghee.
This is another traditional recipe of Himachal. It is a kind of cake. Traditionally, leaves of buckwheat were mixed with wheat flour and made into a cake. Now-a- days, buckwheat flour is added to the wheat flour. This dry mixture is added to milk and water to make a thick batter. Like this, Aktori is cooked and served with ghee or honey.
This is a kind of Kachori but sweet. It has the shape of a kachori. Wheat flour is fermented, then that fermented dough is made into discs or kachori shape. It is my favorite festive dish. It tastes delicious. It is garnished with powdered sugar.
Mittha is sweet rice. It is a true Pahadi dish. It is prepared by adding a fried mixture of dry fruits, raisins, sugar and milk to normal cooked rice. To garnish, saffron is used. The cooked rice is layered with these fried ingredients. It is the favorite festive dish of Himachal.
Meetha Kaddu/Sweet pumpkin is a dish made for marriages and festivals. Jaggery sugar is broken into small pieces and melted, it is added to the sautéed pumpkin pieces. The pumpkin pieces are sautéed in ghee. For adding flavour, all the dry fruits are fried and later mixed with the pumpkin. It can be eaten as it is or served as a side dish to rice.
These are some famous and traditional Himachali sweet dishes. Next time you are in Manali or Himachal, do try these cuisines. They perfectly satisfy the sweet tooth and are extremely tasty.