Shimla Food Walk - Part 1/3 I AMAZING Mandyali Dham (Himachali Thali) + SOFTEST Parati Kulcha
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From Kasauli we drove to Shimla in search of local and popular delicacies. This hill station fascinates every visitor with its terrific outdoors and unique appeal form the British Raj. The Himachal capital is always buzzing with tourists as here, one finds, panoramic views of the snow clad Himalayas, tiny paths along the pine forests, Elizabethan-style architecture and a delectable food culture, all of which makes it resemble a fairy tale settings.
The only and the best way to explore the central part of the town is by walking through the winding paths and stairs leading uphill and downhill. In this delightful gastronomic journey across this pretty town, we were joined by our awesome host Savitoj who walked us through the food scene enthralling us with historical references and tales.
Our first stop was the Indian Coffee House whose ambience takes people back in time and gives them a taste of the timeless beverages and food. Here we tried the coffee, bread toast and Sambar Vada. Food and coffee both were decent but the ambience made it special.
Next we tried an amazingly hot Gulab Jamun from the iconic snack shop Baljees that is local favourite for quick snacks. After this we went to Sharma Chat to taste the unique Parati Kulcha. This spicy and savoury dish was super delectable. Its a must try delicacy in Shimla.
From there we went to Vijay Sweets to have tea along with some of their very famous tea time snacks. The assortment of sweet and savoury snacks was quite interesting especially the Toshe.
Then we tried the Spoonie from the renowned Trishool Bakery that was full of fresh bakery stuffs and eager customers. At last we went on to try the traditional celebratory food from Himachal Pradesh known as the Dham. Its a hearty and nutritious platter consisting of choicest delicacies from across the state that is made with local ingredients. We tried it at a restaurant named Himachali Rasoi. This Dham was specially from the Mandi district. It was indeed a scrumptious spread especially the Rajma Ka Madra.
This culinary sojourn with our genial host Savitoj was truly heartwarming. See you soon at some new destination.
About the host - Anubhav Sapra:
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food. To know more, visit www.anubhavsapra.com
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