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India’s first fully organic state makes the most of its produce. At tea-time, local snacks in Sikkim are as diverse as its ethnic groups, mainly comprising Nepali, Bhutia and Lepcha. Here are eight delicious snack recipes to begin your Sikkimese exploration at home.
8 delicious Sikkim snack recipes to experiment with
Steamed wheat dumplings that look simple but take skill to perfect, momos are the perfect comfort food. Recipe for this delicious Tibetan snack here.
Chiura is beaten rice, and features along with peanuts in a potato and tomato gravy to make “aloo chiura”, a popular street-food in Gangtok. Watch the recipe video for aloo chiura here, which was actually filmed in May to fulfil lockdown cravings.
A rice pancake customary to the Newar, the ethnically Nepalese community of Sikkim, chatamari can be eaten plain or topped with meat or veggies. Watch the recipe video here.
A roll stuffed with meat and vegetables, khuri is filling and delicious. Watch the video here from 9:16 for the recipe.
These fritters are made of split black gram or buckwheat, soaked overnight, peeled and ground with spices to make the batter. Eaten hot off the pan with silam ko achar (pickled perilla seeds). Recipe for phulaurah here, and for silam ko achar here.
Ground roasted barley grains–tsampa is a tasty and nutritious snack of the Tibetan community. Recipe here.
Also spelled khabzey, these fried biscuits of flour, sugar and milk are a Tibetan specialty for Losar, the new year. Recipe here.
Also spelled shapale, sha phaley is a half-moon-shaped, deep-fried Tibetan snack that is stuffed with meat or veggies. Recipe here.