Jammu has a bit of all element and food cultures that constitute Jammu and Kashmir's cuisine. The staple here are Dogra dishes which include Aloo Dum, Rajma, Kashmiri Pulao
as well as the very popular Wazawan
and the staple Naan
. You will also find chocolate barfi, patisa
and a number of typical North Indian snacks Jammu is also dotted by various smaller eateries providing hot parathas and Jammu's local cuisine.
Kaladi Kulch at Pahalwan di Hatti at Pacca Danga, Old City/Gole Market, Gandhi Nagar/Off National Highway, Bari Brahmana (prepared by a kind of cheese extracted from cow?s milk, the savoury dish is a mix of kaladi (cheese), kulcha and added spices) are some of the popular street food places in Jammu.
Kachalu is the favourite food of the people in Jammu. It is made with a base of sweet potatoes, ground pepper, chilli and jamiri (extract of lemon). Girdhari Kachaloo Wala located between Pacca Danga and Kachi Chawni is the oldest shop in Jammu and offers mouth-watering tangy kachalu.
Try the authentic Poode prepared in pure-desi ghee at Rawal Pindi Sweet Shop at Jain Bazaar.
Explore a little further and try looking for Banwari Lal?s stall hidden in the interiors of Raghunath Bazaar and try out their Dabba Kulcha. It is a dish with kulcha buns soaked in rajma gravy and garnished with tamarind chutney and chopped onions and chillies. Tip- Visit before 3 PM otherwise you will find yourself facing an empty stall.
For mouth-watering Pakode, go to Madan Lal Bansi Lal at Ranbir Library Chowk, Kachi Chawni. It is almost always crowded with youngsters having chai and pakode.
The other local dish of Jammu is Gulgule which is much loved by the people. They are small sized balls made with chickpeas and served with grated mooli and imli ki chutney. You can find it at any stray stalls on the road and all of them are equally delicious.
You cannot leave Jammu without having a spoonful of Anardana Chutney. It is a combination of anardana seeds, green chillies, salt, mint and coriander. The heavenly taste of this chutney cannot be compared to any other delicacy in the world. Served with chopped onions, you can try it at any establishment on the streets.