Popular food items of Uttarakhand: chainsoo, dubuk and more!

The culinary landscape of Uttarakhand is unique where most dishes have originated from the smaller towns in Uttarakhand but it’s unique taste is sure to capture us.

Uttarakhand is not only popular for it’s breathtaking views being situated in the midst of the Himalayas, but also it’s unique culinary culture. It is heavily influenced by the people of the state and their lives revolving around nature. Some of the most famous food items in Uttarakhand are-



Kafuli is a traditional dish from Uttarakhand. Its is made from spinach, fenugreek leaves, and other green plants which are locally found in Uttarakhand. Kafuli is cooked with buttermilk and a blend of spices. It is simple and nutritious making it a staple food item for all the locals and also beneficial for the health conscious people.

Bhatt ki Churdkani

Bhatt ki Churdkani is another popular regional dish of Uttarakhand. It is prepared using black soybeans which are locally known as bhatt, which are soaked overnight and then cooked with a mixture of spices. It is slow cooked and is mostly served with rotis or chapatis making for a wholesome meal.

Aloo ke Gutke

Aloo ke Gutke is a popular street food in Uttarakhand, especially in the hill stations of Nainital and Mussoorie. It consists of boiled potatoes cooked in a number of spices such as cumin, mustard seeds, and red chili powder. It can be served alongside chutney as per preferences. It is a favourite among locals and tourists alike.


Dubuk is a traditional soup-like dish that originated from the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is made from whole wheat flour, ghee, and water. It is then flavored with spices such as cumin, coriander, and asafoetida. It is mostly enjoyed by the locals during chilly winter nights in the hill stations of Uttarakhand.


Chainsoo is a food item primarily a dal. It is made from black gram lentils, locally known as bhatt ki dal, which are roasted and ground to a powder. The powdered lentils are then cooked with spices like coriander, cumin, and garam masala. Chainsoo is highly nutritious and is a favourite among the locals of Uttarakhand. It is mostly served with rice or roti.

Bal Mithai

Bal Mithai is a traditional sweet treat that first originated in the town of Almora. It is made from khoya and is coated with white sugar balls, Bal Mithai has a distinctively rich and creamy texture. It is preferably garnished with nuts, almonds, or pistachios. It is often served during festivities and special occasions.


Rus is a beverage that is popular across Uttarakhand, especially during summer. It is made from a blend of yogurt, water, and spices. The cooling properties of Rus make it a perfect drink for the summers. It is often served chilled and garnished with fresh coriander leaves or cucumber. It also has high nutritional value.

The culinary landscape of Uttarakhand is unique where most dishes have originated from the smaller towns in Uttarakhand but it’s unique taste and simplicity is sure to capture us all- people from all across the country.


The article has been modified using artificial intelligence (AI) tools.