Must Try Foods In Dehradun, Uttrakhand

Dehradun, Ghanta Ghar (Clock tower) © Alan Hilditch/Flickr
Dehradun, Ghanta Ghar (Clock tower) © Alan Hilditch/Flickr
Photo of Aditi Mathur-Kumar
12 October 2016

Dehradun is the capital of Uttrakhand and one of the oldest cities of India. It is a popular tourist destination, and people flock from all over the world for a unique Himalayan experience. However, the best thing about Dehradun is probably the food. From authentic Tibetan cuisine to quintessential north Indian poori bhaji the food in Dehradun is as delicious as it is diverse. Here’e the food that you must try during your next trip to Dehradun.

Chilli Momos At Kalsang

This Kalsang branch in Dehradun is more spacious and grand in every way. The service is amazing and so is the ambiance, but the food is the highlight. Kalsang is an authentic Chinese and Tibetan joint, and pretty much everything it has to offer is worth trying, from thenthuk to thukpa, and fluffy Tibetan buns to sugary fruit beer. But the chilli momos are the best. Served in a thick, spicy gravy with bell pepper and shallots, the delicate momos are heavenly. Do not leave Dehradun without trying them.

Milk Rusks From Standard Bakery

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Indian, $$$
Standard Bakery is another of Dehradun’s famous bakeries, and its rusks are a must try for every tea and coffee lover. Soft and crisp at the same time, these rusks live up to their decades-long legacy. Its difficult to have a better tea in Dehradun without a rusk from Standard Bakery. A number of people from all over India get these rusks parcelled to them, a testament to their quality. Definitely pick up a packet when you’re in Dehradun.

Butter Toffees (AKA Stick Jaws) From Ellora Bakery

Dehradun has a strong bakery culture, and many of its bakeries have been functional since the British period. Ellora is one of these renowned bakeries, and it offers the best butter toffees in the world. They are called Stick Jaws and are as sinful as they are delectable. You can take your pick from the regular butter flavor or the chocolate flavor, which are equally good. First timers, should get them from Melting Moments on Rajpur Road, which is the latest branch of Ellora’s Bakery.

Vegetable Sandwich At The Buffet Snacks Shop

Just a little ahead of the Clock Tower, toward Rajpur Road, The Buffet Snacks Shop serves a variety of snacks, such as bhajjiya, vada pav, vegetable burgers, and the vegetable sandwich, which is the fastest moving item. This is a good sign for street food joints, because it ensures fresh food every day. These sandwiches taste great, and are perfect for a midday snack. If you’re crossing Rajpur Road to reach Mussoorie, stop for five minutes and grab a sandwich.

The Buffet Snack Shop, Dehradun. Courtesy of Zomato.

The Buffet Snack Shop, Dehradun. Courtesy of Zomato.

Momos and Soup at Singh Soup Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Indian
Singh Soup Bar is an open air, drive in joint that has become extremely famous throughout India, and the hype is well deserved. The momos are served with a fiery chili sauce, and the soups are really delicious. Situated on Rajpur Road, you can park your vehicle and eat either at the tables provided in front of the delivery counter or bring the hot plates back to your car. The service is pretty quick.

Ras Malai From Kumar Sweets

Kumar Sweets is one of the most famous vegetarian establishments in Dehradun, with quite a few outlets. Everything on the menu is delicious, from all sorts of sweets to Indian snacks and beverages. But the ras malai, which is served in earthen khullars, is out of this world. Flavoured generously with saffron and soft to the touch, ras malai is definitely something you should try at least once. While you’re at it, also try the savoury snacks.

Kumar Sweet Shop | © Aratl/Flickr

The Poori Thali at Chetan Poori Wala In Hanuman Chowk

This is the true street food experience in Dehradun. Believe it or not, Chetan Poori Wala has the best poories (Indian bread made of wheat flour and deep fried), which are served with choley, aloo subzi, and one more seasonal Indian dish. This local joint is flooded with people for breakfast, during lunch hours, and even during the evenings, so be ready to wait for a while, but rest assured, it’s worth it.

Hanuman Chowk, Ramleela Bazar, Ajit Prasad Nagar, Paltan Bazaar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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