Food in Kurukshetra
Food is a part of culture and often gives an identity to a place. This holds true for Kurukshetra too. Kurukshetra being a part of the Haryanvi culture, its palate tempts us with many dishes that are very similar to the culinary styles typical the North Indian local food joints more popularly known as ‘Dhaba’s.. The people of Kurukshetra love food in general and eat what comes in their way. Their food is simple, designed to fulfill and delight rather to be eye dazzling.
The eating habit of the people of a particular place is very closely related to the climate and geographical features. The climatic condition of Kurukshetra is slightly extreme. Two overlapping river basins, the Upper Yamuna and Upper Ghaggar form the land of Kurukshetra. In addition there are good irrigation canal network crisscrosses the Kurukshetra district. All these factors contribute to make Kurukshetra very fertile and earn the fame of being the ‘Rice Bowl’ of Haryana.
The ‘Basmati’ rice of Kurukshetra is also very famous and popular among foodies all around. Being one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest, districts of India and having a primarily agrarian economy, the people of Kurukshetra always love food to be tasty, nutritious and rich in fat rather than being delicate and subtle. Like the people of Kurukshetra who are direct and boisterous their food habits also reflect their nature.
Staple Diet of the People of KurukshetraThe state of Haryana is bountiful agriculturally and the same holds good for Kurukshetra. Wheat, rice and bajra being its major produce, it is also blessed with cattle resources. Thus starting from Chaas and Buttermilk to rotis accompanied with Rajma, Paneer and Aachar and ending it with Lassi or Kheer forms the staple diet of any household or eat-outs. Ghee or Makkhan is what people cannot simply do without. Holi, Lhori and Baisakhi are the major festivals of Kurukshtera which is accompanied by boisterous dancing, Bhang mixed drinks, Pindi Chana and Til ke Ladoo.
Cooking Techniques of Kurukshetra PeopleThe major population is predominantly vegetarian, thus, farm fresh cooking is given stress on. The cooking style or technique used is the Tandoor . Preparations like Naan and Kulcha, Paneer Tandoori, Aloo Tikkas, Chicken Tandoori are some of the specialties of the North Indian Haryanvi cuisine that has tingled millions of taste buds across the nation. Tawas or griddle is used for making flat breads or rotis and parathas.
North Indian recepies of Kebabs are influence of the Mughal/Muslim invasion into the country which makes us conclude that the cuisine of Pakistan and North India have a common source. However it’s disappointing to know that consumption of meat is prohibited within the limits of Municipal area due to religious significance though people haven’t restricted themselves to it.
Famous Eating Houses in Kurukshetra
Here is a list of Eateries in Kurrukshetra:
Adderess: Pehowa, Ambala Road, NH-35, Kurukshetra
Phone Number: 017412212920/ 9729433100
Chache da Panjabi Dhaba
Adderess: Railway Road, Kurukshetra
Phone Number: 09813528053/ 09215524516
N Millions Food
Specialty: Veg Food, Non-veg Food and Tandoori items.
Adderess: Sector 17, SCO 5, Kurukshetra
Phone Number: 01744292888/ 08447122101
Some of the worth mentioning popular food items to grace your platter in any eating houses of Kurukshetra are Bajra Aloo Roti Makhan, Singri ki sabzi, Bhura Roti Ghee, Kachri ki Sabzi, Khichri, Mixed Dal, Hara Dhania Cholia, Besan Masala Roti Makhan, Kadhi Pakora, Bathua Raita, Tamatar Chutney, Mithe Chawal, , Churma, Methi Gajar, Kheer and Malpuas.