Uttarakhand Food: A Beginner’s Guide to the Cuisines of Kumaon and Garhwal

In an old wooden house in Bhatoli, a small village a few kilometres away from Mussoorie, Kiran, the sarpanch’s young daughter-in-law is cooking us breakfast. Bhatoli is a relatively prosperous village. The villagers here largely depend on the maize they grow for food and fodder. Yet, the food here-as in all regions of Uttaranchal-remains simple, basic fare. Whatever is locally grown is consumed: There is no complex spicing, no rich ingredients and even the feasts are relatively simple. It is ironical then that so much of what has been part of the…

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