Wherever you go, local food is essential. If you happen to be travelling within India, there is an abundance of local flavours for you to experience. During IPL season, many people love to travel to different cities and soak in the culture of the area as an added bonus to enjoying the match.
Since Mohali is one of the cities where the IPL 2019 matches are being held, we thought it was fit to elaborate on all the delicious local food items that you can feast on during your time in the city!
- Soya Chaap
Soya Chaap is basically a healthy vegetarian snack and acts as a great substitute to meat. These are traditionally prepared using soya chunks and soya beans. These are grounded together and mixed with all-purpose flour. This batter is then marinated with curd and tandoori masala, rolled onto skewers and placed in boiling water till cooked (can use a tandoor too). In Mohali, you will find the dish being prepared and served as a street food!
- Punj Ratani Dal
This is basically a wholesome 5-lentil preparation, similar to the Panchmel dal of Rajasthan. Most of the local eateries and restaurants in Mohali serve the dal – you won’t really find it anywhere outside of the North Indian states unless you visit a local’s home who hails from this part of the country.
- Amritsari Kulcha
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with a note of smoky flavour and smothered in ghee – just how we like to have this North Indian flatbread! A conversation about the local food in North India is incomplete without the mention of Amritsari Kulcha. Agreed, the best kulcha is found in Amritsar (hence, the name) but kulchas in Mohali can make you go weak in the knees too!
- Roh di Kheer
Now this is a specialty of Punjab and its cities, and cannot be found anywhere else. Roh means sugarcane juice and sugarcane is something that grows in abundance in Punjab. The dish is basically made with sugarcane juice, rice, aromatics and nuts. Although the sweet dish is specifically made during the winter festival of Lohri, nowadays you will find a number of restaurants in Mohali, Amritsar and Chandigarh that serve it all year around.
Big, chilled and refreshing glass of lassi in this heat to down all the delicious food that we have been talking about all this time! Now, that’s an easy task for a local in Mohali but for a traveller, that one glass can turn out to be a mini-meal in itself. But when in Mohali, lassi is a must!
What are you going to enjoy this IPL 2019 season?