Popular food items of Himachal Pradesh: Dham, Babru and more!

Ranging from traditional dham feast or street food delicacies, each food item of Himachal Pradesh offers a unique culinary experience.

Himachal Pradesh that is located in the midst of the Himalayas is not only renowned for its scenic landscapes but also for its cuisine. With unique dishes that have originated in the state, it has a variety of dishes. Some of the popular dishes of Himachal Pradesh are-



Dham is a traditional feast in the food landscape of Himachal Pradesh. It is mostly served during weddings, festivals, and other special occasions. It consists of a number of vegetarian dishes, including rajma, chana dal, kadi, rice, and a variety of other side dishes and desserts. Dham is cooked by expert chefs known as botis and is usually served in dishes made of leaves known as pattals.


Siddu is another popular dish. It is steamed bread that first came from the mountainous regions of Himachal Pradesh. It is made from wheat flour dough stuffed with a filling of spices, and sometimes paneer. Siddu is made by steaming. It is usually served with ghee or dal and is a comfort food that is enjoyed by the locals.

Chana Madra

Chana Madra is made from chickpeas cooked in a gravy made with yogurt, spices, and nuts such as almonds and cashews. The dish is cooked until the flavors infuse together, resulting in a curry that pairs perfectly with rice or roti. Chana Madra is a staple in the state and is loved by locals and visitors alike.


Babru is a popular street food in Himachal Pradesh, especially in the town of Shimla. It is made from black gram flour batter seasoned with spices like cumin, coriander, and asafoetida. Babru is deep-fried until golden brown. It is sometimes served with chutney or sauce and is a popular choice among locals.


Aktori is a dish that first originated in the Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh. It is made by layering buckwheat flour dough with potatoes, spinach, and spices, then cooking it on a griddle until golden brown. Aktori is often enjoyed during the winter months and is a healthy and nutritious dish making it a go to option for the health conscious.

Kullu Trout

Kullu Trout is made from freshwater fish found in Himachal Pradesh. Trout which are found in the rivers and streams of the Kullu Valley, is marinated with spices then grilled or fried. Kullu Trout is often served with steamed rice or naan and is a must-try for seafood lovers.


Dhaam is a traditional sweet dish that is served as a dessert during various special occasions and festivals. It is made from rice flour dough that is rolled into small balls and deep-fried until golden brown. The fried balls are then soaked in a sugar syrup flavored with cardamom, saffron, and rose water. Dhaam is often garnished with chopped nuts and is a favourite dessert.

The culinary landscape of Himachal Pradesh is unique and varied. Ranging from traditional dham feast or street food delicacies, each food item offers a unique culinary experience.


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