Local dishes of Hunza
Traditional Hunza soup is made with homemade noodles and is locally known as Chapchy dowdo. It is the most special soup made during winters in Hunza. Chap refers to the meat which includes mutton or beef but never chicken. Traditionally this soup is served in a wooden bowl with a wooden spoon.
In Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral we have several bread recipes. we make some on special occasions; we make some of them specifically to eat with tea in the morning and evening. We make others to eat with curries. Hunza corn bread is one of many breads which goes well with tea and therefore, is part of our breakfast items. The ingredients for Hunza corn bread I have used are very basic and simple but we can add more ingredients. We can use milk instead of water to knead and we can also addRead More
Shuwanchal is a vegetable that is grown in Hunza and around Gilgit Baltistan from spring to late summers. It is a beautiful leafy vegetable with vibrant green color. Unlike vegetables like Hoi we do not dry this vegetable for winter season. It tastes best when it is stir fried with onion. Shuwanchal looks similar to the wild edible vegetable Malva parviflora which is a wild edible perennial herb but we grow this variety of vegetable from seeds. For cooking shuwanchal, we harvest the leaves with the tender green stems because theyRead More
Wild Thyme is known as Tumuru in Burushaski language of Hunza and we use tumuru in winters to make tumuru tea which is the best natural flu remedy I have experienced so far. This wild thyme soup is one of the thyme recipes we make and is known as tumuru dawdo which is beneficial for flu and cold. It is also consumed as a preventive measure against cold in Hunza in cold winter season. Ingredients for Wild Thyme soup: Garlic Cloves Wild thyme leaves Mint leaves A tablespoon of cooking oilRead More
Hoi lo Garma is a local Hunza dish made of mustard greens cooked with flatbread. This dish is also known as Garma, the dish is traditionally served with with a simple salad which includes chopped tomatoes, green onions and greens chilies seasoned with salt. I have noticed adding lemon juice takes this dish to the next level of deliciousness.
“Hunza fenugreek Soup” calls for dried and powdered form of fenugreek and is known as Sikarkuch’e Dagowang in Hunza. Except for the roots, every single bit of fenugreek is utilized in Hunza. For instance, this recipe uses the stem part of fenugreek plant, that is dried and ground to powdered form and cooked as a soup with wheat flour as a thickening agent, while the top leaves of fenugreek plant are either cooked fresh or dried separately and cook in different ways.
Chap shoro/shuro is originally cooked on firewood, chap refers to the meat and shoro/shuro is the resulting product which is formed of ground meat and dough. My observations say that the steamed and small version of chap shuro is dumpling and the deep fried version of chap shuro is kachori.