25 Darjeeling Food Items You Should Try Once

25 Darjeeling Food Items You Should Try Once

Darjeeling boasts a diverse cuisine delicacy. In Darjeeling’s restaurants, foods are mostly from West Bengal and continental dishes. But, to experience its authentic cuisine, you must try Darjeeling’s local foods. The food culture of Darjeeling is a beautiful mix of Tibetan, Nepali, and Bengali cuisines, offering you a diverse range of flavors and tastes. With Darjeeling holiday packages, make your holiday activities more promising.

Let’s Find Out The Popular 25 Delicious Dishes That You Can Try in Darjeeling

1. Momos
Spice up your Darjeeling holiday by trying its famous momos. Momos are one of the most popular food items in Darjeeling. Filled with vegetables, or meat, these steamed dumplings are served with spicy tomato chutney. This exclusive dish is a favorite among locals and tourists.

2. Thukpa
Warm yourself up with a bowl of Thukpa, a complete meal. It’s a mouth-watering Tibetan noodle soup made with vegetables, meat, and a tasty broth. It is a staple food of the locals here. 

3. Kinema
Kinema is a popular traditional fermented soybean food in Darjeeling. This food has a sticky texture that you can have with rice as a complete meal. Kinema is popular in the Himalayan regions, such as Eastern Nepal, and Darjeeling. To make your Darjeeling holiday exclusive, choose from the best-selling Darjeeling holiday packages. 

4. Dhindo
Dhindo is a traditional Nepali food, popular in Darjeeling, made from buckwheat or millet flour. It has a thick texture and dough-like consistency, often served with Gundruk or meat curry. 

5. Sinki
Sinki is also a traditional Nepali dish that you can have in Darjeeling. Sinki is fermented food made from radish that provides the taste of a sour and spicy curry. It includes radishes, and other chopped veggies like tomato, chili, and onion, served with rice. 

6. Nepali Aloo Dum
Aloo Dum is a popular street food in Darjeeling, a simple, delicious one. It consists of boiled potatoes cooked in a spicy gravy and served with puris. This dish is popular in Bengali and Naga cuisine. Avail of affordable Darjeeling holiday packages and make your sightseeing and culinary experiences promising. 

7. Gundruk
Gundruk is a traditional Nepali fermented dish that includes leafy green vegetables. Gundruk is popular among Gorkhas. Vegetables used in making Gundruk are mustard leaves, spinach, radish, napa cabbage, chopped red onions, and tomatoes. This dish has a good amount of iron and minerals. 

8. Sel Roti
This traditional dish in Darjeeling is made from a batter of rice flour, sugar, water, spices, and ghee. Then, it is deep-fried. This food item is a must-try in Darjeeling. Sael Roti is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making it a perfect snack with Darjeeling tea.

9. Churpee
Churpee tastes really good. It has a sweet, smokey, creamy cheesy taste. Churpee is a type of traditional Himalayan cheese made from cow or yak milk. You can have it as a snack or use it in various dishes.

10. Churpi Soup
Churpi Soup is a traditional Himalayan soup dish made from Churpi (hard cheese), vegetables, and spices. It is a highly nutritious dish, perfect for winter days.

11. Shaphaley
Shaphaley is a traditional dish in Darjeeling, a Tibetan snack made from bread stuffed with seasoned meat and cabbage. Next, it is deep-fried until golden brown and crispy.

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12. Chhang
Chhang is a traditional Himalayan locally-made beverage made from fermented millet or rice. It has a slightly sour taste, often enjoyed during festivals and special occasions. Usually, this beverage is served in bamboo containers. And, you have to sip the beverage with a bamboo pipe. 

13. Phapar Ko Roti
Phapar Ko Roti is a traditional Nepali dish you can have in Darjeeling. It’s a flatbread made from buckwheat flour, often served with Gundruk or meat curry.

14. Noodles
A bowl of noodles can keep your stomach full for a long time. This dish is found in all the restaurants as well as food stalls in Darjeeling. Made of wheat, tossed with vegetables, eggs, or chicken, this dish includes a variety of spices to elevate the taste. 

15. Sausage
Made of ground meat flavored with salt, spices, and other flavourings, sausages are a must-try for non-vegetarians. If you love nonveg, enjoy delicious sausage recipes in Darjeeling. There are top restaurants, such as the Glenary’s, Keventer’s, in Darjeeling to try this. Make your holiday experiences promising with affordable Darjeeling holiday packages.

16. Phambi
It’s a classic street food in Darjeeling, a light snack made of dried mung beans. Liquid powdery beans are made into steamed cakes. Then, it is cut into bite-size pieces, lightly fried, and served with a red chili sauce.

17. Aloo Tama
Alu Tama is a delectable traditional curry in Darjeeling made from potatoes and bamboo shoots. This food item has a tangy and spicy flavor and is often served with rice. 

First, potatoes are boiled well. Then fried bamboo shoots are added. Different spices, tomatoes, garlic, and other ingredients in the recipe enhance the richness of the dish. 

18. Gundruk Ko Achar
Gundruk Ko Achar is a traditional Darjeeling pickle dish made from fermented leafy green vegetables. It has a sour and spicy flavor, often served as a side dish with rice. Taste its rich flavor, including classic aromatic mustard sauce. 

19. Kwati 
Kwati is a popular food in Darjeeling, a traditional Gorkha dish. It’s a mixed soup made of nine varieties of sprouted beans. Kwa means hot and Ti stands for soup. This delicious and nutritious dish, rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Kwati improves digestion, immunity power, and energy.

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20. Aaloo Ka Achar
Aloo ka achar is a popular Nepali cuisine. Some boiled potatoes are finely chopped into pieces, and then spices are added. Veggies like radishes, onions, and cucumbers elevate the flavors. It tastes a little tangy and spicy. 

21. Chhurpi Salad
Chhurpi Salad is a simple yet delicious dish you must try in Darjeeling. This salad item is made from chhurpi (hard cheese), tomatoes, onions, and green chilies. It is often served as a side dish with rice, and it boosts the taste of the meal.

22. Pork Curry
Pork Curry is a popular non-veg dish in Darjeeling. It is cooked in a variety of ways, such as making Pork Chilies, Phagshapa. This dish is best served hot with steamed rice. You can easily have pork curries in restaurants there. 

23. Dal Bhaat 
Dal Bhat is a traditional dish in Darjeeling. Also, this is a staple food in Darjeeling, prepared with steamed rice (Bhaat) and cooked lentils (Dal). In the traditional Nepali Thali, Dal Bhaat is the main food, served along with curries, salads, chutney, etc.

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24. Naga Cuisine
The influence of Naga Cuisine on food in Darjeeling is significant. The Naga cuisine involves meats, fish, and veggies, often cooked through smoking, and fermenting. And, a Naga thali offers you fermented rice, meat, fermented bamboo shoots, achaar, sweet food items, etc.

25. Sweet Dishes
Try the Nepali Sweet Dishes to complete your food tour. Some of the best sweet food items to have are Peda, Rasbari, Doda barfi, sael roti, halwa, malpua, gulab jamun, milk cake, kheer, khoya sweets, rasgullas, cream sweets, Sandesh, and more. 

Like its diverse destinations, Darjeeling food range is wide-ranging. Darjeeling offers a great variety of culinary delights that will tantalize your taste buds. Savour the richness of foods in Darjeeling influenced by Nepali Tibetan, and Bengali cuisines. 
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