5 Local Dishes To Try On Your Next Trip To Ladakh

by Sanmita A
5 Local Dishes To Try On Your Next Trip To Ladakh

Ladakh, situated in the north of India, is a picturesque location with snowcapped mountains, clear blue skies, and awesome weather. The place shares its border with Tibet, Kashmir, Lahaul and Spiti. Apart from attracting travellers for its scenic beauty, Ladakh is a great place for visitors who love camps and hikes. If you love adventure and do not dread high altitudes or cold weather, visiting Ladakh is a must! The cuisine is another unique factor that deserves all the attention. It is unlike the South or Indian cuisine and is perfect for its weather and climate.

While in Ladakh, it is best you experience Ladakh’s local cuisine for your trip to be fulfilling. So, here are a few local dishes you must try on your next visit there.


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1. Tingmo

Tingmo is a bun-shaped Tibetan bread served with vegetables, meat and dal. It is soft and fluffy and prepared without any filling. People prefer tingmo for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It is one of the staple food dishes in Ladakh.

2. Thenthuk

Do you like soupy noodles? Then, this will definitely impress you. Thenthuk is prepared with mixed vegetables and minced meat – mutton or yak. It is different from Thukpa, as Thenthunk noodles are prepared by flattening the wheat dough. Also, remember you can choose to have your Thenthuk with vegetables or meat.

3. Sku

Sku is a traditional dish of Leh Ladakh. It is mostly included in people’s daily diet and one of people’s favourites too. It is made of wheat dough and prepared with vegetables and meat mostly. The broth is usually rich and keeps people warm during rough weather.

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4.Khambir And Butter Tea

Khambir is a delicious local bread with a thick crust. People also like their Khambir with vegetables or eggs. It tastes best when served with butter tea. No occasion is complete without butter tea. It is usually known as gur-gur chai and is prepared with butter, milk and salt with tea leaves.

5. Chhang

Chhang is the local, traditional drink served in Ladakh. It is served during occasions and festivals. It is even served during weddings and has significant relevance attached to it. Chhang is usually served with butter to guests. Also, the Chhang is offered to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha before drinking.

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