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5 Simple Recipes for You to Enjoy Dehradun-style Home-Cooked Food

India is popular worldwide because of its unique blend of spices and delectable flavours in regional recipes. Dehradun is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Uttarakhand, which is too famous for its cuisines (apart from the unfathomable beauty of hills) that comes from two different regions: Garhwali Hills and Kumaon hills. Garhwali cuisine is characterized by its grain and cereal-based dishes. Simple yet flavourful, these dishes are cooked with aromatic spices and simple tempering, making them delicious and nutritious. The use of local, seasonal ingredients ensures that the dishes are always fresh and healthy.

Whether you are living in Dehradun or wants to sample the lip-smacking local cuisine, here are the top 5 Garhwali recipes for you. Note down and follow the instructions properly to taste the magic of authentic dishes. So, Donnites, are you ready ?

P.S. If cooking is not your type, then you can easily go with options of the best online food delivery in Dehradun.

Here Are 5 Mouth-Watering Garhwali recipes from the Heart of Hills

1. Kafuli

Kafuli is a healthy dish, often known as Dhapdi in the Garhwali language. It is a rich source of iron as it is made from leafy green vegetables and is one of the most savored dishes among the natives. If you want to have a healthy option at home or want to surprise your fitness-lover friend, this is a nice dish to try.

Ingredients Required- (For 4 people)

750 gm fresh Spinach, 250 gm fresh Fenugreek, 2 Green Chillies, 2gm Jakhia Seeds, 30 ml Mustard Oil, 20gm Garlic minced, 5gm Chopped Ginger, A pinch of Asafoetida, 1 Sliced of Red Chill, 15gm Fresh Turmeric, 3 gm Coriander Powder, 50 gm Rice flour, 100 ml Beaten curd, Salt to Taste

Preparation Method-

First, boil all the leafy green vegetables with green Chilles and then blend them. Preserve the extra boiling water. Heat the oil in a pan and then add ginger, garlic paste along with Jakhia seeds and red chillies. Add the blended vegetables along with spices and beaten curd and cook for 20 mins. Add the rice flour mixed with preserved boiling water and continue cooking. At last, serve with steamed rice or mandua ki roti. Go and try it!

2. Jhangore ki Kheer

Jhangore is barnyard millet and is abundantly grown in Kumaon and Garhwal hills. If you enjoy sweet things, then you'll love this recipe! Ingredients Required- (For 4-5 people)

500 gm Jhangora, 2 liter Milk, 200 sugar, 100 gms raisins, 5 gm Elaichi powder.

Preparation Method-

Soak the Jhangora in water for an hour. Boil the milk with sugar, and then add soaked Jhangora. Continuous stirring is required while adding milk to Jhangora to avoid lumps. Add raisins and continue to cook until the required consistency is reached. Then, put off the gas flame and add Elaichi or cinnamon powder. Pour into the small clay pots and put them in the refrigerator for an hour. You can garnish with more nuts or raisins if you wish to.

3. Aloo Dal Pakodi

These fritters are a favorite tea snack among adults and kids for a good reason. Not only they're delicious, but since the weather in the hills is mostly chilly and rainy, you'll love to indulge in the aloo dal pakodi every now and then to warm up.

Ingredients Required-(For 4 to 5 people)

150 gm Boiled Potatoes, 10 gm chopped ginger, 5 gm garlic minced, 50 gm chopped onion, 250 gm moong dal soaked and ground, 1 bunch chopped coriander, 2 Green chillies, 50 gm bread crumbs, salt to taste, 10-gram garam masala, 1 lemon.

Preparation Method-

Mash the boiled potatoes. Mix minced urad dal and the rest of the ingredients. Heat the mustard oil for frying. Make small galettes or flatten patties of mixture and fry them. Enjoy Pahadi chai with Bhaang chutney !

4. Aloo Ke Gutke

Aloo Ke gutke is a Pahadi or Tumri Aloo dish that is very similar to aloo jeera. The main difference between the two is that less sugar is used in this recipe. Another notable change is that cumin is replaced with another earthy spice called Jakhiya when it comes to tempering.

Ingredients Required (For 4 to 5 people)-

1kg Tumdi Aloo, 5 gm Jakhiya, 10 gm fresh minced turmeric, 2gm red chilli powder, 2gm coriander powder, 15 gm freshly chopped coriander, 5 gm Pahadi salt, and 50 ml mustard oil.

Preparation Method-

Peel off the boiled potatoes and cut them into dice. Then, heat oil in the pan, and add turmeric, Jakhiya and seasoning. Add boiled potatoes and cook for a while. Garnish with freshly cut coriander and serve with pooris.

5. Chicken Curry (Bhang Chicken)

Made with hemp seeds, Bhang Chicken is unique to hills. Hemp seeds are a natural source of iron, potassium and magnesium. They do not cause intoxication and are completely safe for all, including children. They also do not taste bitter, and rather they release a light nutty aroma when pan-roasted.

Ingredients Required (For 4 to 5 people)-

1 kg chicken bone, 300 gm sliced onion, 5 gm garam masala powder, 200 gm chopped tomato, 5 gm turmeric powder, 5 gm red chilli powder, salt to taste, 150 ml mustard oil, 1 bunch chopped coriander, 5 gm green cardamom, 2 gm cloves, 1 bulb garlic cloves, 5 gm chopped ginger, 2 green chillies, 15 gm bhang seeds/ hemp seeds, 10 gm coriander seeds, 5 gm cumin seeds, 5 gm whole black peppercorns, salt to taste, 2 bay leaves, 2 black cardamoms.

Preparation Method-

Griddle coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and hemp seeds over medium heat of flame until they start releasing aroma. Put off the flame and let them cool. Add the roasted seeds with all the other ingredients to form a spice paste. Add some water and form a coarse paste. Then, head the mustard oil in the pan and add spices for tempering. Add the sliced onion, and sauté over medium flame until light brown in color. Add the chopped tomatoes, stir and cook until they turn soft. Now, mix the spices and keep stirring over medium flame. Add the chicken pieces and salt. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice and roti.

Try these recipes and share your experiences with us! If you are not comfortable with cooking, you can go with various options for online food delivery in Dehradun to enjoy Garhwali dishes.

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