India vs New Zealand In Dharamsala: 8 Foods To Try In The City
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India is all set to take on New Zealand at Dharamsala, a beautiful town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is not only renowned for its stunning natural beauty and serene monasteries but also for its vibrant culinary scene. This Tibetan-influenced region boasts a diverse range of delicious dishes that blend Himachali and Tibetan flavours. India might not have won against New Zealand in an ICC tournament in the last decade, but you sure can win the "best foodie ever" title by trying out great food at Dharamsala.

As you explore this charming city if you are there to enjoy this high voltage clash between the two sides, make sure to savour these eight foods before and after the match.


Recipe - Chef Ranveer Brar

Momos are the undisputed kings of Dharamsala's street food. These steamed or fried dumplings come with various fillings such as vegetables, meat, aloo or cheese, and are typically served with a spicy tomato-chilli based chutney and a light, comforting soup. They are a perfect snack to enjoy while exploring the town or relaxing at a local café.


Thukpa is a soul-warming noodle soup hailing from Tibet. Made with meat or vegetables and flavoured with spices like pepper and cumin, it's a comforting and nutritious dish perfect for colder mountain evenings. Thukpa can be vegetarian,  chicken or pork-based.


This Tibetan bread looks just like a fluffy cloud on your plate. The perfect bread to finish up your delicious gravies with, tingmo is slightly sour as it is fermented. Paired best with shapta, tingmo is a staple that you should definitely try out while exploring Dharamsala.


Recipe -Yummy food by Mridula

Shapta is a Tibetan stir-fry dish that will thrill your taste buds with its bold flavours. Thinly sliced pieces of meat, usually chicken or pork, are cooked with a variety of spices, garlic, and bell peppers, creating a spicy and savoury delight. Like we mentioned, tingmo with shapta is a hit combination. Try this meal, along with a light chicken or vegetable soup to fully enjoy the experience.

Bhagsu Cake:

The very famous Bhagsu cake should definitely be on your list. Named after the Bhagsu waterfall in Bhagsu Nag village, this dessert is made with chocolate on top, followed by a layer of caramel and then some crumbly cookies. This extremely rare and locally made cake is a must try.


Nothing better than fluffy pancakes for breakfast before you go and line up to enter the stadium to catch the match. And cafes in and around Dharamsala have the best, most wholesome pancakes ever. From plain butter to banana to crown favourite chocolate chip, pancakes in Dharamsala make you drool.


An indispensable part of Himachali cuisine, dhaam is a must try dish. It features a selection of vegetarian dishes, including rajma, chana dal, and madra, and served with rice. Completely vegetarian, this thali is perfect for a filling and satisfying Satvik lunch.

Maggi with Chai:

Going to Dharamsala and not staring at the mountains with a hot cup of tea and a steaming bowl of maggi should hereby be declared a crime against taste-buds. Although we all love maggi, it somehow always tastes better when you are in Dharamsala, surrounded by peace and serenity.