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Food of Himachal Pradesh

Local food of Himachal Pradesh is delicious and lip smacking. Cuisines of Himachal Pradesh are spicy; so, grab a glass of water before you start eating. There is Punjabi and Tibetan influence in the kind of food prepared. However, in their daily routine, the local people prefer to have dal, vegetable curry and plain rice.

Sidu is a popular cuisine of the state, made of wheat and savoured with butter. Considered a special delicacy it is usually prepared on significant occasions. Patande is yet another popular dish of Sirmour district of the state. Patande is made from wheat and is similar to a pancake.

Meat is prepared with lots of spices like cinnamon, red chillies, cloves, cardamom and coriander leaves. The tempting aroma is enough to satiate your appetite. Kullu Trout, Grilled Fishes, Chicken Anaardana are the popular non-vegetarian dishes. Vegetarians can try Guchhi Mattar, Sepu Vadi and Kaddu ka Khatta, some of the special delicacies of the state.

In places like Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, people prefer locally-grown coarse grains such as, millet, buckwheat and barley. Dham is a special festive meal, prepared by Brahmins, who are hereditary chefs. The meal includes rice, green lentil broth and red kidney beans cooked in yoghurt, boor ki kari, and dark lentil and sweet rice.

Do not forget to try different varieties of tea prepared in the state, which is another speciality of the state.

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