Food in Ladakh: best dishes to try on your vacation here

Ladakh is one of the most scenic places of India. Its incandescent mountains, long and deep valleys, top notch trekking and camping spots will give you the adventure of a lifetime.

Ladakh is one of the most scenic places of India. Its incandescent mountains, long and deep valleys, top notch trekking and camping spots will give you the adventure of a lifetime.

Apart from the adventure you will also love Ladakh for its food.  Getting to experience the food made by the locals is yet another great experience that one can have here. The Ladakhi food is not as spicy as North Indian cuisines and is greatly influenced by Tibetan culture.

Here are the top dishes from Ladakh that you must try-

  • Skyu

This is a wholesome dish which will keep you warm from the cold temperature of the region. It is a heavy dish which consists of diced flour dough. Vegetables and dough are kneaded into flat balls, these balls are then put into a pot and cooked slowly. This is one of the most favourite dishes among tourists who trek here.

 

  • Thupka

This is a traditional noodle soup dish with the goodness of vegetables.the noodle are either made of wheat or barley. This traditional dish now has many variations, the veg thupka consist of vegetables and a broth which is rich in spices whereas its non-vegetarian version has mutton or yak meat.

 

  • Momos

Momos are now available throughout the country but eating them in Ladakh is a fun filled experience as it is the most famous dish in the region. Momos are dumplings made of the flour and filled with vegetables, tofu or meat. They are then steamed in a container called as Mokto. Momos are really beautiful shaped dumplings which you will definitely enjoy.

 

  • Chuttagi

The word chuu means water and tagi means bread. Chuttgi is a traditional delicacy of Ladakh. This dish consists of bow shaped pieces of dough which are immersed in a thick soup made of leafy vegetables, carrots, peas and potatoes.

 

  • Apricot Jam

There are many companies who provide us with abundant flavours of jams but eating a jam made from fresh fruit in Ladakh is an exotic experience. The apricots are called as ‘chulli’ in the local language and are regionally grown.

 

  • Butter Tea

Imagine holding a warm cup of tea in the cold valleys of Ladakh. The people of Ladakh drink this everyday as it brings the muc needed warmth to the body. Traditionally called as ‘gur-gur chai’ this tea is prepared with milk, butter and salt. The three ingredients are churned and mixed with tea leaves.

 

  • Chhang

Well what makes a meal more fulfilling is a nice drink. Chhang is the local beer and is also enjoyed during weddings and festivals. There is a way on how you must consume this drink. You have to dip your finger in the drink and flick few drps three times as an offering to the Buddha. Chhang is prepared using fermented barley.

 

 

 

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