A lot of people visit Ladakh for its cuisine. There are a lot of unique and interesting food items in Ladakh. Ladakh’s cuisine is a mixture of Tibetan, Chinese, Continental and Korean dishes. Let us discuss about the cuisine of Ladakh and the list of delicacies that you should never miss in Ladakh.
Top ingredients in Ladakh cuisine
This cuisine includes a lot of nuts and dried fruits in its many dishes. Walnut, almond, raisins are some of the top ingredients. Dry ginger, saffron and hing are some of unique flavouring items in this cuisine. Staple ingredients include rice, pumpkin, potato, beans and beetroot. Milk from Yak and milk products are very common here and they are considered to be a delicacy.
The staple food of Ladakh is Tsampa. It is made by roasting and grinding barley. It is mixed with salt water and is served with pink tea or butter tea. Chang is a local beer that is consumed with Tsampa. Butter tea has a salty flavour and it is drunk to keep lips from cracking due to the cold climate.
Top delicacies in Ladakh
The top delicacies that you should try are
Pava – a dish made by boiling pea in barley flour
Khambish – soft wheat bread
Thukpa – wheat flour noodles with meat sauce
Gugar Chai – green tea made with soda, butter and milk
Yak milk, cheese and curd
Moe Moe – steamed dough with meat in middle.
Gyatug – vermicelli dish with minced meat and sauce
Skir – one pot dish of potato, meat and grain
Kambir – sweet bread
Holkur – local biscuit made of nuts and grains
Momos is the top dish that you ought to try here. There are a lot of different types of momos based on the dipping, stuffing and the dough. Saag, dam aaloo, lotus root, korma sag and apricot jam are top specialities in vegetarian section. Most of the people in Ladakh are non-vegetarians and thus, you can find a lot of specialities in this section.
Thukpa – noodles cooked in lamb soup
Skieu – dish of flour made with vegetables and lamb
Yakhni – fried ribs
Roghan Josh – curried lamb cooked in yogurt of Yak
Gushtaba – meat balls in yogurt sauce
Rista – rice balls served with savoury sauce
Marchwangan Korma – curried lamb in thick sauce served with naan (bread)
Ladkah’s traditional meal is called Wazawan. It is a 36-course dish that has been in the culture from 15th century. Wazawan includes mostly non-vegetarian dishes of lamb. Top vegetables that you can see in this feast are potato, beetroot, beans and pumpkin.
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