Food Habits in Darjeeling

List of 25 Famous Food Habits in Darjeeling with Price Details

Darjeeling, the province of majestic snow decked peaks and ethereal realm of undefiled nature upholds unique and diverse culture. Since the inception, and the arrival of British, the region widely anticipated the immigrants from Nepal and Tibet, and later the influx of Bengalis, Marwaris, and Biharis from the lower plains have made Darjeeling a multi-racial region. The Hill Queen’s diverse population has greatly influenced the ethnic food habits in Darjeeling. Since Darjeeling witnesses the huge inrush of tourists from India and abroad throughout the year, all the restaurants of Darjeeling cater to their tastes, ultimately making the food habits in Darjeeling as multi cuisine.

So, if you are planning to witness the captivating realm of the Queen of Hills, you can enhance your trip by checking into some local restaurants and trying out the mouthwatering cuisine of Darjeeling. So, here is the list of 25 Famous Food Habits in Darjeeling with Price Details.

1. Kwati:


Kwati is a famous traditional Gorkha cuisine available in Darjeeling. It is mixed soup, which is prepared by boiling the sprouted beans of nine varieties with various spices to form a thick soup. It is delicious as well as a beneficial source of proteins.

Price: INR. 100.

2. Sekuwa:


Sekuwa is one of the best foods in Darjeeling. It is barbecued meat. It could be of lamb, chicken, pork, mutton or beef. At first, the meat is mixed with natural herbs, spices, and other required ingredients. Then it is roasted in a fire in country style until it is ready to be served.

Price: INR. 150.

3. Aaloo (Cauli) Gobi:

Aaloo Cauli Gobi

Aaloo Gobi is prepared with cauliflower, spices, and potatoes. The veg-curry cooked in typical Nepalese style is usually served with plain rice and chapattis. It is one of the main dishes that are served with Nepalese Thali.

Price: INR. 80.

4. Pork Curry:

Pork Curry

Pork curry is one of mouth-watering cuisines in Darjeeling. Pork is prepared in various styles, like Pork Chilies, Phagsapha, and barbecued pork. But basically while preparing pork curry, pork is often cooked in oil with ample of spices, which is basically served with rice or local drinks.

Price: INR. 200.

5. Kheer:


Kheer is a significant dish in Darjeeling.  It is a traditional dessert prepared by boiling rice with milk, further adding sugar, large cardamoms, pistachios, raisins, and almonds, and is served during meals as a sweet dish.

Price: INR. 150.

6. Keema:


Minced meat or Keema is a traditional dish of Darjeeling people. Keema is prepared by minced meat with peas, potatoes, butter, onions, garlic, ginger, and spices. It is considered as one of the best dishes prepared in Darjeeling.

Price: INR. 200.

7. Tibetan Thukpa:

Tibetan Thukpa

Thukpa is a traditional Tibetan dish. Since the influx of Tibetan refugees, Thukpa gained significance in the province of Darjeeling and it is now one of the most famous foods in Darjeeling. Thukpa is noodles in meat soup, with stewed meat, veggies and topped with fresh spring onions and chopped corianders.

Price: INR. 60.

8. Phambi:


Phambi is one of the best street foods in Darjeeling. It is prepared with Mung beans. The liquid powdery form of beans is made into steamed cakes, cut into small square pieces and fried lightly and then served with red chili sauce or hot spicy chutney.

Price: INR. 30.

9. Roti:


Roti, also known as Chapatti is flatbread found in many cultures across the globe and has gained prominence among the Nepali dishes. It is prepared from whole meal flour, Atta. It is unleavened bread and is normally served with veg curries and non-veg curries.

Price: INR. 30.

10. Chicken Curry:

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry one of the best cuisines in Darjeeling is globally famous. Firstly chicken is finely chopped into pieces and then it is fried in heated oil, further adding the onion sauce, ginger and garlic paste, tomatoes and powdered spices and garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Price: INR. 200.

11. Aaloo Achar:

Aaloo Achar

One of the most famous foods of Darjeeling, Aaloo Achar is prepared from boiled potatoes, finely chopped into pieces and mixed with various spices like onion, radish, cucumber, fenugreek seeds, sesame seeds and mustard seeds and the fine paste of local chilies.

Price: INR. 50.

12. Sel Roti:

Sel Roti

Sel Roti is traditional Nepali homemade sweet, ring-shaped rice bread. It is mostly prepared during the festive occasions. It is prepared with rice flour by mixing the flour in milk and water and making semi-fluid out of it while adding sugar, cardamom, butter, and cloves. It is fried in oil until it turns golden brown.

Price: INR: 50.

13. Khichdi:


Khichdi or Khichiri is prepared from rice and dal (lentils). This dish is famous in many Indian states like Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, and Maharashtra. It is beneficial to those who have stomach ailments.

Price: INR. 100.

14.Mutton Curry:

Mutton Curry

Mutton Curry is one of the best food in Darjeeling, widely consumed by Nepalese clan.  It can be cooked in various ways. Basically, the curry is cooked in heated oil, with finely chopped onions, along with ginger garlic paste and mixed-grinded spices. It is always served with rice or roti.

Price: INR. 250.

15. Gundruk:


Gundruk is one of the famous dishes in Darjeeling. It is found in every household of Gorkhas. It is prepared from the fermentation of leafy vegetables like mustard leafs, spinach, etc. Gundruk is a significant source of minerals.

Price: INR. 150.

16. Mattar Paneer:

Mattar Paneer

Mattar Paneer is a vegetarian dish popular in Darjeeling. It consists of green peas, paneer, tomato sauce, onions, coriander leaves, spiced with paneer masala and garam masala. It is called “cheesy peas” in the United Kingdom”.

Price: INR. 160.

17. Wachipa:


It is a typical Nepali dish, prepared with minced chicken, fine grained rice, and powder formed out of burnt feathers of a chicken. The powder provides an exotic and unique bitter taste, and it is believed that consuming Wachipa cures body aches.

Price: INR. 200.

18. Aaloo Tama:

Aaloo Tama

Aaloo Tama is curry made with potato and the fermented bamboo shoots. At first potato curry is cooked in heated oil along with spices and finally fired bamboo shoots are added along with garlic, tomatoes, and lemon.

Price: INR. 100.

19. Chowmein: 


Chowmein is a Chinese dish, which has secured top rank among the best street foods in Darjeeling. It is stir-fried noodles comprising of meat, like chicken, pork, and beef. It is also made with different kinds of vegetables including onion, carrot, cabbage and green peas. It is served with hot and spicy achar or tomato sauce and soya sauce.

Price: INR. 100.

20. Dal Bhat:

Dal Bhat

Dal Bhat is the staple of Nepalese residing in Hills. The traditional Nepalese thali comprises of Dal Bhat, curry, chutney and salads. It consists of boiled rice and lentil soup prepared with onion, garlic, ginger, chili, tomatoes, and tamarind. It is consumed in daily basis by Nepalese people.

Price: INR. 150.

21. Shyaa phaley:

Shyaa phaley

It is a Tibetan Dish of flat bread stuffed with seasoned beef or any other meat, which is then fashioned into a circular or semi-circular shape, which is deep fried. It served with hot and spicy chutney and soup.

Price: INR. 60.

22. Aaloo Dum:

Aaloo Dum

Aaloo Dum is a typical spicy Nepalese dish prepared with boiled potatoes. The boiled potatoes are finely chopped and are cooked in hot oil, along with cumin, onion and garlic paste, powdered red chilies and seasoned with freshly chopped corianders.

Price: INR. 30.

23. Ninguro with Churpi:

Ninguro with Churpi

Ninguro with Churpi is a mouth-watering cuisine available in Darjeeling. Famous among the Nepalese, it is one of the best foods in Darjeeling. It is made from a local fiddlehead fern and churpi (cheese). This local delicacy is rarely available in restaurants.

Price: INR. 100.

24. Sausage:


A sausage is prepared from ground meat of beef, pork along with salt, spices, and other flavorings and breadcrumbs stuffed in the clean intestine. It is a cylindrical meat product that is famous worldwide. It is cooked in many ways, including boiling, frying and barbecuing.

Price: INR. 100.

25. Momo:


Momo a Chinese-Tibetan cuisine is a steamed dish prepared with minced meat or vegetables filling with flour dough. It has become a traditional delicacy in North Eastern region and an irresistible and famous dish in Darjeeling. It is usually served with chutney and soup.

Price: INR. 60.

So, above are the lists of local dishes of Darjeeling. We have also provided the details of Darjeeling food price which we have mentioned. You can try them while you are visiting the Darjeeling. Savor the exotic mouth watering dishes of Darjeeling, which are prepared with the fresh organic herbs and unadulterated ingredients.

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