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 with curries. Hunza cornbread is one of many bread types which goes well with tea and therefore, is part of our breakfast items. The ingredients for Hunza cornbread 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 add an egg alongRead 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. We harvest tender green stems with the leaves because they tastes best when harvestRead 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 sofar. 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 oil WaterRead 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.
Hunza Flatbread Khamali is a staple of Hunza cuisine. It is a basic recipe for everyone learning Hunza traditional cooking. Although there are a variety of flatbread traditional dishes but the thin flatbread is the basic one and made at least 3 times a day.