Winter is, of course, the apple season in Himachal. The winter state accounts for nearly 30% of India’s total apple production. Come winter and the orchards are a bright red from the fruit hanging overhead. This is also the perfect time for Lungdu, the famous fiddlehead fern that goes into stir-frys or pickles. Of late, farmers have also begun planting pomegranates thanks to their low requirement and high yield. And you might just chance upon some cherries or ‘Lasoda’ pickle made from fresh wild berries. Indeed, while some vegetables are extremely difficult to grow in Himachal, wild fruits like these flourish at higher altitudes and the locals make the best use of what they have.
One of the most popular snacks in the hills is the fruit of the citrus pseudolimon, a member of the lemon family. Known as galgal locally, the lemon is chopped into pieces, mixed with chillies and masalas and served with sprinklings of brown sugar to balance out the flavors. The roller coaster of flavor coupled with the numerous health benefits makes every component of this snack a delight that can be had guilt-free.
Pumpkins are also a common sight in Himachal during winters! Kaddu ki sabji and aukriya kaddu, a stir fried concoction with mashed pumpkins, are a bit hit in the hills during the cold months.
All this food, and you’re looking for a cuppa to drink? Have a glass of goodness on your next visit to our resort in Palampur. Kangra is one of the few homes of Buransh Ki Chai, tea made with black tea mixed with the petals of the rhododendron flower. This tea is known to have a wide host of health benefits, namely anti-diabetic and antioxidant properties. The brew is popular enough to have earned its status as a geographical indicator of the valley, something us pahadis should be proud of.
Rakkh’s own organic garden this season has a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables that all go into the cooking at our resort in Palampur
. Our restaurant in-house believes in exploring the cuisine of the land and hopes to preserve the Himachali way of life by organizing events such as our Himachali Dhaam