Garhwali Food

Nanda Devi Raj Jat 2000

Food Habits of Garhwali People
Diets and dietary regimes of the people of Garhwal are influenced by the following.
(i) Food and nutritional requirements.
(ii) Environmental and climatic conditions.
(iii) Composition and availability of food.
The following dietary regimes have been recognised in the Garhwal hills:
Higher Himalaya
People living in the higher or main Himalayan ranges belong to this dietary regime. Their diet is meat based. For preserving the meat for the winter season, it is cut into small pieces and left to dry in the sun. Wine is also consumed by these people in large quantities. They eat coarse grains like barley and mandua. The richer people are able to purchase wheat, rice and pulses.
Middle Himalaya
People living in the middle Himalayan ranges of Garhwal belong to this dietary regime. Their diet is both meat and vegetable based. The people eat coarse grains like barley, mandua and jhangora. In the recent past, more and more people of this tract have taken to cereals like wheat, rice and pulses.
Lower Hills
People living in the lower hill, dun valleys and Siwaliks of Garhwal belong to this dietary regime. They are both non-vegetarian and vegetarian. The main cereals eaten by the people of this tract are wheat, rice and pulses, which are cultivated on a large scale.

Some Famous Garhwali Recipes

Chainsoo Baari
Kaafuli Jhangoru
Phanu Ginjhari
Jhol Thenchwani
Jholli Bhorin Rotti

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