Cuisine of Dhanbad is famous for its aroma and lip smacking taste. Dhanbad is situated in Jharkhand and is one of the most famous and commercialized zone of the state. The traditional cuisine of Jharkhand and amalgamation of sumptuous dishes from Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan have found many takers in this mining land. Modernization is visible in the city but typical food is not affected by this change.
Traditional Food of Dhanbad
Rice, daal, phulka or roti (chapati) and green vegetables with achaar (pickle) make for a routine meal in any home here in Dhanbad. Traditional dishes of Jharkhand state include litti and chokha, mitha khaja, til barfi, pittha, singara (samosa) etc. which are relished by one and all in Dhanbad. Non-vegetarians in Dhanbad love to eat, spicy chicken, meat and fish. However, the cosmopolitan nature of the Dhanbad town is visible when one finds young and old enjoying chola- bhatura as much as pani-puri and chinese noodles! Sambar-vada, idly and dosa are as lovingly devoured as litti-chokha. So, to say that cuisine in Dhanbad has no regional and geographical boundaries won't be an exaggeration.
Some of the other famous traditional cuisines of this region are aloo chokha, dhuska, anarsa, nimki, pittha, rugda and dhubni roti etc. Cuisine
of Dhanbad also has slight touch of Mughlai style and non vegetarian are
mostly cooked in Mughlai style which includes delicious spicy chicken,
mutton and fish as well. But, this type of non-vegetarian food is famous
among considerable amount of people in this city. Tribes living
in this region use flowers as vegetables. Flowers of drumstick and
jhirool are used in cooking as vegetables. Usually, mustard oil is used
for cooking and five different types of spices including mustard,
fenugreek, cumin, fenel and kalonji are used for seasoning of the dishes
that add taste and aroma to the food as well as make it mouthwatering
and finger-licking. Handia is famous traditional drink of this region
which is also known as rice beer and especially made on festivals and
weddings in tribal areas. Various types of pickles are made in this
region and their taste is classic.
Traditional food of Dhanbad is easy to digest and light on stomach as
well. Native folks of this region have been strict about eating habits
and that is why they have maintained such healthy food habits in the
region. Litti and Chokha is famous cuisine of the entire region. Rice is
the major crop of this region and thus, most of the traditional
cuisines are prepared using rice as main ingredient.
Snacks of Dhanbad
Snacks are very popular among people in
this region and they love varieties of snacks. Samosa or singhara, barra, aloo chop, litti, pakora or pakori, baiganee chop and dhuska are
some of the popular traditional snacks in Dhanbad. Barra is made of
rough dough of pulses or grams mixed with grated onions and green
chilies. Litti is baked wheat balls filled with black gram and desi ghee
by making a hole in wheat ball. It is usually paired with spicy Chokha
and taste of this cuisine is too yummy. Baiganee chop is made of
brinjal slices marinated with salt and spices and then dipped into
paste of chickpea four and fried in mustard oil. These yummy snacks are
usually prepared in kitchens of the city and one can also find some of
these snacks at road side stalls and litti is top on the list.
Street Food in Dhanbad
like any other city of India, street food is also much popular in
Dhanbad. Litti Chokha, Samaosa or singhara, pani puri, pakora or pakori, aloo chop and such other spicy and delicious snacks are easily available
as street food in the city. Local markets and streets offer different
options of street food in this region. Even you can easily find such
amazing road side stalls at every nook and corner of the city. And taste
of these mouthwatering delicacies is surely unforgettable.
Sweets of Dhanbad
of this region love sweets and prepare various types of sweets on
festivals and every special occasion. People relish desserts such as gajar ka halua, kheer and yes! mitha khaja. During festivals, especially Diwali, this dish is prepared in bulk and shared with relatives and friends as 'prasad'. Jaggery, cardamom powder and plain flour (maida) are main ingredients of this dish.Til Barfi and Til Ladoo are important dish served during Makar Sankranti festival. It is not only delicious but also has nutritional value. Grated coconut, sugar, sesame seeds, groundnuts are mixed and ground and shaped like barfi.
Pittha yet another favorite item is prepared using chana dal, garlic, flour, ginger, turmeric powder and chillies. The preparation is famous in Bengal and Orissa but in Jharkhand, it is prepared with subtle difference in ingredients to bestow it a classic flavor.Native folks are expert in
preparing mouthwatering sweets and some of the traditional sweets are mitha khaja, mal pua, thekua, kasar larua, gud chiwda, balu sahi, gaund ladoo and rice ladoo of this region. Madhulika Sweets, Sandesh Sweets,
Gujarati sweets shop, Grand Sweets and New Basant Misthan Bhandar are
some of the famous sweet shops in Dhanbad.
Fast food in Dhanbad
food has become one of the all time favorite food options of all age
groups nowadays. But, it is most popular among young generation. Due to
urbanization and fast development famous food chains like Dominos Pizza
and Hot Bread have opened their outlets in this city of Jharkhand. There is availability of varieties of fast food
and beverages for the hard core fast food lovers. Apart from that local fast food
joints also cater to the demand of delicious fast food in this region. Other famous name
is KFC that is also available here to complete your treat.
Restaurants in Dhanbad
is basically commercial city which is famous for its coal minings. Its traditional cuisines are rich in taste and aroma. There are many restaurants in Dhanbad where you can enjoy the taste of delicious cuisines. Chinese, North Indian, Continental, Mughlai,
Multicuisine and Fast food restaurants are ready to meet your demand for quality dining venue.You can find vegetarian and
non-vegetarian both type of delicacies here. So, if you want to try out
some best of the finger licking cuisines in Dhanbad, then do not forget
to visit restaurants of this region.
True, the trip to any place is complete only when you take back some lovely remembrances of affection, love and aroma of the cuisine of any place. Nothing can beat the fragrance of brotherhood that goes deep down the memory lane and remains there to shine like diamonds after a few years. Dhanbad is such a place: welcoming, loving and nostalgic.