One of the things we love to do when we go out is to try our favorite fast food items. When you live in a small state like Himachal Pradesh, your choice of such items is somewhat different from the people who live in Metropolitan Cities and more developed states. We do like McDonald’s, KFC, Domino’s and Pizza Hut, etc but what satisfies our taste buds and makes our mouth water just by the thought of it is something else. Most of the towns in Himachal Pradesh don’t have these American fast-food chains to serve their iconic meals except for our Capital Shimla, Solan, Dharamshala, etc but it doesn’t really matter here. Every town has its own specialty in terms of fast food and people can’t get enough of them and just keep coming up whenever they feel like it. So today we are going to tell you about “8 fast food items which Himachalis love and this doesn’t include Pizza or Burger”
It has spread to other neighboring countries with the influx of the Tibetan diaspora. There are typically two types of momo, steamed and fried along with various preferences. Momo is usually served with a dipping sauce (locally called chutney), normally made with tomato as the base ingredient. Traditionally, meat is the main filling but in India, most people go for veg fillings with tofu, paneer, mashed potatoes as an additional filling. There is a very interesting thing that if there are multiple momo shops in your town then the taste of each and everyone is quite unique. If you get soup free with a plate of momo then you are lucky! 😉
The word “Chow mein” literally means “fried noodles”. In India, it was introduced by the Chinese of Calcutta. There is an Indian variant, vegetable chow mein, which consists of noodles with cabbage, bamboo shoots, pea pods, green peppers, and carrots. Kolkata has its own variant that is called Calcutta Chow Mein or Calcutta Chowmin that also includes green chili, chili garlic, or hot garlic. In Himachal, the shop which makes momos is most probably also famous for their chow mein and spring rolls. I believe it is the first Chinese fast food item for people who were born in ’90s. :p
These are a large variety of filled, rolled appetizers or dim sum found in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. The name is a literal translation of the Chinese “chūn juǎn” meaning “spring roll”. The kind of wrapper, fillings, and cooking technique used, as well as the name, vary considerably within this large area, depending on the region’s culture. In India, spring rolls are made by stuffing veggies and chow mein altogether inside the wrapper and are then fried.
ORIGIN: MIDDLE EAST
Yes, Samosa is not an Indian delicacy. (Shocked?) 😀
It was introduced in the Indian subcontinent in the 13th or 14th century by Central Asian traders. Since then its popularity kept on growing and from being a dish which only royals tasted in the very beginning to become a household favorite in modern times. Even though we have so many options to choose from in case we want to eat something but even then we can’t stop ourselves from eating Samosas if it just crossed our mind.
Samosas were my favorite when I was in primary school and whenever the bell for the lunchtime rung, I used to go to Vikas Bhaiya’s shop which was famous for their Samosas in the small town called “Dadahu” which is located next to Renuka Ji Lake and 35 Kms away from Nahan.
ORIGIN: Indian Subcontinent(Most Probably)
There is no actual proof of its place of origin through the term was first used in 1951 and the alternative term “Panipuri” was used in 1955. It is known by different names all over India such as “Phuchhka” in East India, “Golgappa” in North India, “Pani Puri” in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and “GupChup ” in Odisha.
It consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water (commonly known as Imli Pani), tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion, and chickpeas.
ORIGIN: India(U.P. to be precise)
Chaat is typically served at road-side tracks from stalls or food carts in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The word derives from Hindi चाट which means “tasting” a delicacy. The original chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crisp fried bread Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla, gram or chickpeas, and tangy-salty spices, with sour home-made Indian chilly and saunth (dried ginger and tamarind sauce), fresh green coriander leaves, and yogurt for garnish. Other popular variants included aloo tikkis or samosa (garnished with onion, coriander, hot spices, and a dash of curd), bhel puri, dahi puri, panipuri, dahi vada, papri chaat, and sev puri.
There are so many types of Chaat and you can read about them here
A bakery in Shimla which goes by the name of “Krishna Bakery” is nationwide famous for its Kurkez. People who visit Shimla or lives in Shimla know how delicious this delicacy is. It is served with mayonnaise, Red Chatni, and Green Chatni along with cabbage dressing.
Siddu is a popular Himachali dish which nowadays is also served as a fast-food in different parts of Himachal. It is basically made by fermenting a dough of wheat flour for several hours and later partly cooked on flame/bonfire and finally in steam. It is mainly served with hot ghee, green mint, and red chutney. There are 2 versions of Siddu, one is sweet and the other one is savory.
It is prevalent in the Kullu, Manali, Mandi, Rohru, and Shimla regions of Himachal Pradesh.
So these were the “8 fast food items Himachalis love and this doesn’t include Pizza or Burger“. If you like this article then share it with your friends and family members. Also, tell us about any other fast food items that we might have missed. 😉