Everyone is a Vegetarian – some people also opt to have non-vegetarian food. Those of us who eat only vegetarian food often have questions for certain locations like Thailand, Malaysia or our very own Ladakh. Are there enough food options in Ladakh for the vegetarians?
Ladakh for the Vegetarians – Travel Insight
This photo essay will take you through some of the food that I ate in Ladakh. I am skipping the regular food options that you get in high-end hotels and sticking to the Ladakhi food options for this post.
Gud Gud Chai
If you begin your day in a monastery, like we did one of the days, you would see monks drinking Gud Gud Chai all the time and stopping every now and then to eat a porridge-like breakfast. Young monks get up every few minutes and refill tea and food for the rest of the monks and the whole exercise after a while seems like a part of the meditative exercise.
This is how the Gud Gud Chai looks like – it is made with Salt and Butter in it – so sometimes also called Noon ( Punjabi word for Salt) or Salt tea and of course most of us know it as Butter Tea.
For Breakfast team up Gud Gud Chai with the baked thick Roti. The Roti gets cold as soon as it is out of the oven, so you need to eat it as such. We were offered omelet with this Roti but since I do not even eat eggs, I ate it with butter – but it was like eating two cold things together. Can’t ask for anything better when the temperature outside is -23 degree Celsius.
Just to give you a perspective, this is the Ladakhi home, with a total mountain view where we sat and had our Roti & Gud Gud Chai breakfast.
Every corner of India has its own local drink so how can Ladakh be far away. This is the local Chhaang drink served in a wooden bowl called Kore. The same wooden cup is used for tea and food as well in monasteries.
Homemade noodle soup with tiny Chanas or black gram in it…
The ingredients that go into the soup… basically – Noodles and Black Gram with some mild spices and salt.
Momo’s with Walnut Chutney
The Momos with Walnut Chutney that was the real hero of this course…
Ladakhis make Chutneys and Jams with almost everything that grows here – be it apricots, Apricot kernels, apples or Walnuts and do them almost without using any sugar. So when I tasted these jams they were more sour than sweet, reminding me that till processed food took over our lives, we all ate healthy food.
Even the desserts are made out of local fruits – this is an Apricot dessert – that was just yummy and healthy.
Since it is the cold environment, Cheese is always a good option. You get the regular cheese and the cheese made of Yak milk. Churpey or dried cheese is a popular favorite is Ladakh.
Although there are enough options in Ladakh for the Vegetarians, if everything else fails, fruits are always there for you. Choose from the fruit basket of Himalayan fruits.
If not fruits, pick up dry fruits from the Leh market to keep you warmly fed.
Of course, to keep you warm and hydrated, there is Kahwah – The Ladakhi version of Chai.
Lastly, do not miss the ornate utensils that are used to serve tea / Kahwah or Chhaang.
So, go ahead and plan your road trips in the region and rest assured there is enough in Ladakh for the Vegetarians.
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