10 Foods in Darjeeling | Delicious Dishes of Darjeeling
Darjeeling, a municipality within the state of West Bengal, provides a spectacular view of the lesser Himalayas. A beautiful city, it is known for its tea plantation, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town has a varied range of culture consisting of the Gorkhas, Khampa, Lepcha, Sherpas, etc. forming a broad and analytical group of population. Also, the Kangchenjunga Mountain, the world’s third-highest mountain, can be viewed from the city and captures its majestic beauty. Besides the town influences the British Raj and other sites of grace, the city also offers its tourists some mouth-watering delicacies!
Here is some of the delicious and famous food of Darjeeling:
Thukpa is essentially a dish of Darjeeling but finds its roots in the Tibetan cuisine. A hot-noodle soup, Thukpa comprises of many veggies, some customary tinge of spices, and Hakka noodles. It is one of the most admired dishes within the town and is available at almost all the restaurants and roadside stalls. One can also find much diverse variety of the Thukpa noodles within the city too. Thupa originally is offered as a starter but can also be eaten as a wholesome meal itself, as it is delicious and healthy!
Where: Devekas Restaurant - Address: Chauk Bazaar Kunga Restaurant - Address: 51, Gandhi Road, Chauk Bazaar (Opens at 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM)
2) The Traditional Nepali Thali
A Thali is a platter of various range of foods served on a single plate. The traditional Nepali Thali is an excellent combination of our daily lifestyle food, which retains its originality and delivers the customers some fantastic and delicious food. A traditional Thali comprises of ‘Dal’, ‘Bhaat’, ‘Tarkaari’, ‘Chutney or Achaar’ and finally a sweet dish to complete the meal with a bang. The Nepali thali is a common and favoured food in Darjeeling.
Where: Revolver Restaurant -Address: 110 Gandhi Road, Behind Union Chapel
(Breakfast timings - 7:30AM to 10:30AM & Dinner timings – 7:00PM up to 8:30PM)
3) The Naga Cuisine
The Naga population within the city is considerably lower; however, their population’s influence on food in Darjeeling is quite notable in the town. The Naga cuisine is famous for its meats and fish which are often cooked through the process of smoking, fermenting etc. A heaven for the non-veg lovers, Naga cuisine, offers some lip-smacking dishes which are loved and eaten by all. The gradually small population of the Nagas has given rise to an upcoming kitchen admired by those food lovers. A grand thali/platter comprises of fermented rice served with chicken or pork, also with fermented bamboo shoots, achaar and a sweet dish.
Where: Revolver Restaurant – Address: 110 Gandhi Road, Behind Union Chapel, Darjeeling, West Bengal. (Breakfast timings - 7:30 AM to 10:30AM & Dinner timings – 7:00PM up to 8:30PM) The average cost for two: INR 300-400
Churpees are authentically snacks made out of Cow’s or Yak’s milk. A Darjeeling original, Churpees are necessarily a milk snack and resembles cheese with coming in both versions of hard and soft. Churpees mixed with cabbages can also be a filling for vegetable momos. Also, it is often used by the Nepalis to cook a version of Churpee with onions, tomatoes, and green chillies, etc., to make what they call ‘Churpee ko achaar’.
Where: Keventer’s - Address: Keventer’s, 1 Nehru Road, Darjeeling, India.(Opens at 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM) They only serve breakfast and snacks. The average cost for two: INR 400
Ah! Momos! The name itself fills one’s mouth with the delicious flavours that it delivers. While Momos have become a popular snack in many metropolitan cities, it is one of the most adored plates of food in Darjeeling. Part of the Tibetan cuisine, Momos are mostly dumplings made out of flour with vegetable or chicken/pork stuffing and can be cooked through the process of steaming or deep frying. Momos are also served with a bowl of hot soup on the side with usually 6-7 pieces on a plate.
Where: Hot stimulating cafe - Address: Lebong Cart Rd, Richmond Hill, Darjeeling, West Bengal. (Opens at 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM) (Best place for Momos) Kunga Restaurant - Address: 51, Gandhi Road, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal. (Opens at 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM) The average cost for two: INR 100-200
6) Aloo Dum
Along with the Naga cuisine, Bengali cuisine is also famous in the town of Darjeeling. The most typical dish of the Bengali cuisine is Aloo Dum, which has a special place in the heart of the locals staying in the town. The preparation of this food of Darjeeling includes boiling the pieces of potatoes in a gravy made up of spices such as red chilli powder, garlic, finely cut onions and, ginger cloves etc. The final touches to the dish in Darjeeling are garnishing it with coriander and bhujia (optional). Mouthwatering, isn’t it?
Where: Hasty Tasty – Address: Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal.(Opens at 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM) Also available at the local vendors standing near Mall Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal. The average cost for two: INR 200
7) Sael Rotis
Sael Roti is another one of the Nepal speciality and is a delicacy during special occasions at home. They are ideally flat round pieces of bread prepared from rice paste and are then deep fried, resemble the shape of a bagel. A traditional variety which will make your tongue go yum!
Where: Get friendly with a local, might invite you to come to have a meal with these delicacies.
Chaang, also known as ‘Tongba’ is prepared by fermenting yeast, and warm water is added to the fermented millet. It is a brew like beer but almost with no alcohol and customers enjoy it on a Bamboo container, and they should drink it through a bamboo pipe as a traditional ‘Pratha’. Fun, right?
Where: Hot stimulating cafe - Address: Lebong Cart Rd, Richmond Hill, Darjeeling, West Bengal. (Opens at 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM) The average cost for two: INR 100-200
Shaphalay is another food in Darjeeling with Tibetan roots. It is essentially bread with a meat filling, and its accompaniments include either a curry or chutney and vegetables. However, it is commonly associated with (roasted barley) known as Tsampa. This traditional dish is must have!
Where: Nawangs Restaurant - Address: No 7 Robertson Road | Clubside, Darjeeling, West Bengal. The average cost for two: INR 100-200
10) Darjeeling Tea
Well, quite popularly known for tea plantation, Darjeeling’s special tea is a must. The authenticity of the drink is such that it cleanses your mind, giving you spirit new energy. A special recommendation would be that while sipping on this tea, one can enjoy the beautiful view that Darjeeling offers and listen to some heartwarming music!
Where: The House of Tea Address: 11, Nehru Road, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal. Nathmulls Tea & Sunset Lounge - Address: The Rink Mall (Opp. GPO), 19, Ladenla Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal. (Opens at 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
If an alluring view with delicious delicacies by your side is your fantasy, then Darjeeling is the right fit for you!