Another highlight from this trip was to walking through the farm and spotting Pumpkin Flowers, Red Chilies, Mangoes, Lime, Oranges, Brinjal, Beetroot, Tomatoes, Radish, Bananas, Corn and many such vegetables and fruits. It was a joy to pluck fresh lemons off the trees and later drink Lemonade made out of them. Truly, The Pahadi offers simple pleasures of life in the purest form.
The food at The Pahadi is rustic, unadulterated and earthy. With organic produce - vegetables, dairy, poultry and even grains - they're largely self-sufficient. They only serve traditional, authentic food of Uttarakhand, cooked on wood fired chulahs, with the produce of the day. Daily, they cook with whatever they pick fresh from their farms. As a result, the food takes a lot of time to get cooked, however, it's exquisite! So, this cannot be your ordinary Quick Bite stopover. After you have placed the order, the food is prepared from the scratch, so it takes time to get cooked and served. But, no chance, you can find this food at any other restaurant or dhaba in this region! Especially, the Non-Vegetarian dishes would certainly be hard to come by. So if you can make time, this food will really be worth waiting for.
After my trip to I had fair bit of knowledge about Mandua Roti, Pahadi Loon, Aloo Ke Gutke, Kumaoni Raita, Kumaoni Daal. But at The Pahadi the dishes I had were unheard of, at least for me. Each and every meal had a dish, which I ate for the very first time. Mandue Ki Baadi, Laggad, Choou, Chillhad, Gahat Ke Dubke, Luainsh, Bhutua, Gadue ki toko ki Sabzi, Chichande ki Sabzi, the food was as traditional as it could be.
I was totally smitten by the delicious Mandue Ki Baadi, a sweet dish made with Ragi flour, which was black in colour. The flour cooked in ghee and water till it thickens and forms round shapes. It was garnished with dry fruits and it had a gooey fudgy texture like a Chocolate Brownie.
For breakfast, I loved having Laggad, Choou and Chillhad. Laggad was a deep fried puri stuffed with spiced aloo mash. I simply loved it. Perhaps, the love for Aloo Parantha I have, made me love this too. Mr. Chetan told me, that in Uttarakhand, there's a tradition wherein when a newly married female distributes Laggad in surrounding villages, to mark her arrival into her new home.
I thoroughly enjoyed eating Choou and Chillhad pancakes made with Rice and Cornmeal, respectively. They were served with Kumaoni Loon (dried mix of rock salt- coriander-garlic-green chilies), Coriander Chutney and Curd. Chillhad reminded me of Makki Ki Roti but it was thinner and softer in comparison. Choou was soft and rich and was slightly similar to Akki Roti.