Just when you start thinking Mussoorie cannot get any better, the variety of food it has to offer makes it all the more wonderful. Food of Mussoorie reflects the soul of this place and the people. Made with organic and pure ingredients which are mainly sourced locally, using delicious Pahari masalas and combining them with vegetarian and non-vegetarian main. People here mostly grow what they eat which can be either vegetarian and non-vegetarian, either way, every bite packs quite a punch of flavor and deliciousness. Food in Mussoorie is an immersive experience that will make you experience the real vibe of the hill station. If you are a foodie then it would be a paradise for you since the food here is not only delicious and super healthy but a combination of different styles of cooking using a unique combination of ingredients.
If you are traveling to Mussoorie then here are some famous foods that you must try:
List of 8 Foods in Mussoorie You Must Try
- Sisunak Saag
- Sani Hui Muli
- Aloo Ke Gutke
- Bhang Ki Chutney
Momos are an inescapable part of Mussoorie’s trip. This Tibetan-inspired dish is a huge hit among tourists. The variety of Momos in Mussoorie range from vegetarian to non-vegetarian options which means that there is a huge range of Momos to choose from and to try new and different types as well. Truly a paradise for Momo enthusiasts, one thing is guaranteed that the Momos in Mussoorie are unlike any kind of Momo you may have had in the past. With a soft outer layer and stuffed with garlic, ginger, and other elements that work together to make your Tastebuds happy, and when served with spicy chutney it tastes even better.
Bhang Ki Chutney
Bhang Ki Chutney is common household chutney made at almost every home in Uttarakhand. Made from the seeds of marijuana herbs, mint leaves and then crushed along with some other spices and lemon, this vibrant green chutney adds tanginess to even the simplest of dishes. This dish is a testament to the fact that the Pahari folks of Mussoorie and Uttarakhand in general utilize every part of edible ingredients instead of wasting them. Despite the name, this chutney won’t get you high at all and you can have them as a side dips with many other delicacies as well.
Prepared using Pahadi Radish or Mula (as it is known locally), Thechwani is not any regular dish. In fact, instead of cutting it up into smaller pieces, the radish and potato are cooked whole and then mashed in while cooking along with different combinations of herbs, spices, and garnishes. This dish can be found anywhere in Mussoorie and is one of the most loved and wholesome meals that will leave you feeling extremely packed and full for a long time. If you wish to experience what the locals eat then Thechwani can be a safe bet for you to start and fall in love with the food of Devbhoomi.
Made from the ‘Bichu Ghas’ as its main green ingredient, Sisunak Saag is another common local preparation of Mussoorie. Normally you should avoid touching stinging nettle or Bichu Buti as it leads to intense burns, scratching, and rashes. However, due to its availability in abundance in the mountain regions, people have come up with a way to make it safe for eating. Packed with nutrition and the goodness of all the essential vitamins and minerals, this dish uses minimal ingredients including tomatoes, salt, and butter. This is a very wholesome packed meal and can be relished with white rice or Rotis.
Adding to the list of green leafy vegetable dishes is Kafuli, which is nothing but spinach curry. This heartwarming dish is mainly prepared during the winter season and is a very popular dish in almost every restaurant and cafe in Mussoorie. Just like every other dish prepared in Varanasi, Kafuli is also a power-packed healthy dish that is super simple to prepare. The thick and vibrant green gravy curry is cooked in mustard oil and mashed with a variety of other veggies which not just adds flavor but also makes it super healthy. Eat it with roti or Paratha and top it off with a small dollop of ghee for an extra touch of deliciousness.
Aloo Ke Gutke
Aloo or potato has rightfully been termed as the king of vegetables, mainly due to its versatility and the fact that when added to any dish it works as a catalyst and elevates the whole taste profile. Aloo Ke Gutke uses some strong but very little spices which enhance and do not overpower the taste of potatoes. Just like fried potatoes of the northern part of India, Aloo Ke Gutke is also made using just small cubed potatoes, salt, coriander powder, turmeric, and Red Chilli powder. It is a delicacy when eaten with Dal Chawal and Bhang Ki Chutney. It will kind of remind you of Delhi’s famous Aloo Chaat.
Sani Hui Muli
This is a very unique combination of ingredients and something that you may not have tasted before. As the name suggests, the main ingredient of this dish is the locally grown Muli or Radish. It is combined with other tangy ingredients like bhang seeds paste, yogurt, and lemon. Savored especially during the monsoon and winter seasons, this refreshing dish can be a close cousin to the English coleslaw. The best way to describe this dish would be tangy, crunchy, zesty, and refreshing from within.
Pahadi Phannu can be best described as a locally prepared wholesome, delicious and healthy dal. Phannu is prepared with lentils just like its other counterpart Dal Dish, Chainsoo. What makes it different is the fact that various different types of lentils are used for its preparation like Gahat, Green Moong, and Arhar. Every spoon or bite of this dal dish is relishing and packed with flavors typical to Mussoorie. Simple to make, this delicacy is best eaten with a steaming bowl of rice or even roti if you like. Big flavors come in small dishes that surely apply to this dish.
The food of Mussoorie is an experience in itself that cannot be missed out in any case. If you are going there you have to make sure to try all these dishes and more to get the true taste of the hills.