Which local food dishes is Alchi famous for?
Posted on Dec 16, 2013 by sushma.yadav
People always believe that one feels very hungry in the mountains. People residing in the mountains eat very nutritious food and simply don’t eat for taste. As Alchi is an upcoming tourist destination, you will find many cuisines here like Chinese, Punjabi and even Italian, believe it or not!! You just taste the authentic Ladakhi food here, like the ones listed below.
Thukpa is a staple food here, which is quite healthy and wholesome too. Mainly a thick noodle soup made up of vegetables, pieces of meat, and noodles which are cooked in a yummy stock with salt as the only seasoning. You could sprinkle of caraway seeds (kurnyot) for garnishing. A bowl of Thukpa is quite filling and is a treat.
Ruchotse or Momo or Mok-moks
Steamed dumplings and well known all over India. The ones available here are truly Ladakhi in taste and are generally filled with mutton or vegetables . These are served with a spicy red hot sauce.
Yak milk products
In Alchi cow or buffalo milk is not available, as only Yak milk is available. The milk is very rich and thick and is very nutritious too. Consumption of Yak milk will help you stay warm too. You must taste the yak cheese, known as chhurpi and the gur-gur cha, this is a special Tibetan butter tea,made out of green tea, yak butter and salt, which are all churned together to make a thick concoction.
Te traditional local bread is the Khanbir. It can be eaten with apple or apricot preserves, or smoked yak meat. Paba is also a kind of bread. A Lot of breads are available here, along with buns and pastries. Pizzas are also topped with Yak cheese.
Skyu is another type of dumpling made from Tsampa, this is a utritious powder, and wheat flour cooked with vegetables.
Barley is the local staple diet in Alchi. Here you will not find any pubs or bars. Chhang is the local alternative for beer in Alchi, which is locally brewed and distilled from barley. This will certainly keep you warm and happy too. But remember, to go easy and slow.
The Ladakhi people eat a lot of beans, carrots , potatoes, pumpkins and beetroots in their dishes . Mutton and chicken are the main types of non vegetarian food consumed here.