Nainital's traditional cuisine is lip-smacking and a must-try for food lovers. A blend of spices and herbs, the authentic dishes entice taste buds with their aromatic flavours.

Arsa

Arsa is a treat for those with a sweet tooth. It is a traditional Pahadi sweet made and served mostly during festivals or special occasions. It is prepared with jaggery, rice and mustard oil, and can be munched during tea time or as dessert after meals.

Arsa

Ras

Ras, in Hindi as well in Kumaoni, means juice. A staple in Uttarakhand, ras is a thick black colour soup made from a mixture of whole pulses available in the region.

Ras

Bhatt Ki Churkani

Bhatt-ki-churkani is a dal (lentil) recipe made using black beans. It carries a rich aroma that lingers in the room for quite some time. This finger-licking dish is one of the best things to savour during chilly winter.

Bhatt Ki Churkani

Baadi

Baadi is a Pahadi recipe that is exceptionally acclaimed in Uttarakhand. It is made from kwada-ka-aata (buckwheat flour), also known as choon or mandua flour and is black in colour. It is traditionally served with kulath-ki-dal, which is yet another amazing Pahadi preparation made with lentils.

Baadi

Aloo Ke Gutke

Aloo gutke is a simple, dry potato subzi that is served as a side dish or eaten with roti (flatbread) or puri (fried flatbread). Very popular among locals, it is easily available. It is made without garlic and onion.

Aloo Ke Gutke