Himachali Galgal

Galgal (Citrus pseudolimon Tanaka), popularly known as pahadi nimbu or Hill lemon is one of the finest varieties of indigenous lemons in the country. Largely confined to rainfed areas in the hilly terrain of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, this hardy fruit crop has immense medicinal, healing and nutritional properties and... Continue Reading →

Himachali Lakucha

Lakucha is one of the most revered native fruits that finds mention in several Hindu texts and treatises. Lakucha (Artocarpus lacucha), commonly known as monkey jack or monkey jackfruit is often taken to be the cousin of the more famous jackfruit and possesses a rare combination of sweetness and sourness accompanied with a fiery punch.   In... Continue Reading →

Himachali Charota (Chakramarda)

The hilly state of Himachal Pradesh is a treasure trove of rare medicinal herbs that have been used in traditional medicine and Ayurveda since the ancient times. The roots, leaves, stalks, flowers, fruits and seeds of these unique plants are used in the preparation of local delicacies as well as fodder for the livestock.  ... Continue Reading →

Himachali Kachalu

One of the most versatile and widely cultivated crops in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh is the humble kachalu. Kachalu (Colocasia Esculenta (L.)) is a root vegetable that is revered by locals for its medicinal, healing and nutritional properties.   The corms, leaves and stalks are used to prepare traditional medicine as well as local delicacies. The... Continue Reading →

Himachali Lasura

Lasura, a relatively unknown tree to many is actually one of the most revered trees in India. Also known as Indian Cherry or Gum Berry or Glue Berry, lasura as it is called in the hilly state of Himachal has been used in Ayurveda, traditional medicines and Unani for centuries.   The fruits, leaves, bark... Continue Reading →

Himachali Kachnar

The hilly state of Himachal Pradesh is the land of exotic fruits, vegetables and flowers. A fair number of these native vegetables and fruits grow in the wild on the foothills of the Himalayas. Locals and nomadic tribes have been using edible fruits, vegetables and flowers to prepare medicines and local delicacies since the ancient... Continue Reading →

Himachali Beedana Pickle

Beedana (Cydonia oblonga M.,), more commonly known as quince is an edible fruit found in abundance in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. This indigenous fruit is revered by locals for its medicinal, healing and nutritional properties and used to treat several ailments like cancer, diabetes, ulcers and respiratory infections to mention a few.  ... Continue Reading →

Himachali Aaroo Pickle

The hilly state of Himachal Pradesh has a variety of traditional pickles prepared from native fruits, vegetables, tree stems, buds, roots and leaves. These pickles are revered by the locals for their nutritional, medicinal and healing properties. Each part of Himachal has a particular speciality based on the availability of the produce and its use.... Continue Reading →

Himachali Lingri

Lingri or lungru as it is known in Himachal Pradesh is an indigenous vegetable that grows in the wild in the Himalayan region. This fern also known as fiddlehead (Diplazium esculentum (Retz.) Sw) is widely used by locals of Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in their traditional cuisine.   Lingri is... Continue Reading →

Kanpur Sultani Dal

Sultani Dal, a sinfully delicious Kanpur and Lucknow speciality is a unique preparation of the Awadh region. Though "eminent historians" of the British Raj claimed that this dish was an innovation of the Mughals and later refined by the Nawabs of Awadh, the truth is this dish has been in existence for centuries.   Dal... Continue Reading →

Kanpur Luchi Sabzi

For centuries, Kanpur or Cawnpore as the British called it has been a food connoisseur's haven. Traditional dishes made in the age-old methods, on wood fire and using excellent local ingredients were much sought-after by weary travellers from distant kingdoms and lands across Akhanda Bharat.   Even today, the Kanpur Railway Station has some of... Continue Reading →

Khurja Kanji Wada

The scrumptious kanji wada is a traditional dish made for the auspicious festivities of Holi. According to locals and several food connoisseurs, this spicy dish that is both a drink and a light snack is best enjoyed in Khurja.   This dish is very simple to prepare and has a lightly flavoured kanji and wada made of... Continue Reading →

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