Authentic Street Food of Manali

A famous hill station offering jaw-dropping views and serene landscapes, Manali is much more than just that. Just like all other places in India, street food continues to be a specialty of Manali. No trip can be complete without food. Street food forms an important part of any place’s lifestyle. One can't go back home without trying the delicious, authentic and pocket-friendly street food in Manali. You will not be disappointed when you try these out and here are a few of the best street foods compiled below to show you why.


Khatta is a delicious preparation of pumpkin, 'Amchoor' powder (dry mango powder) and 'Boondi' (fried crisp little balls). This is a common delicacy of the Himachal region. 


This is a local dish you must have when in Manali. Sidu is the ideal companion for mutton and other non-veg preparations in India. It is prepared using the bread dough. The dough is kept aside so that it can rise and after the yeast settles down, they par-cook the dough. Then it is steamed. Thus, the dish is done and has a distinct simple taste which will have you wanting more.


This dish falls in the family of kachoris which is a crispy Indian snack. Alike kachoris, this too is made by using a paste of soaked black gram and then kneading it into a dough. Then finally the dough is cut into small pieces and rolled out followed by deep-frying.

Kullu Trout

This dish uses marinated fish and then slow cooking it. It is quite healthy unlike most of the other street foods and is low in calories as well. This is a treat for all the fish lovers. You could have it grilled, steamed or served with a curry. It has a distinct spicy and tangy flavor and is best enjoyed with rice. You could also go for trout fishing and catch your meal.


This is for everybody who has a sweet tooth. It is sure to satiate your hunger in the best possible way. This is a Himachal version of crepes and is prepared with milk, sugar and wheat flour. It is commonly consumed as a breakfast treat and can be found easily in Manali.


This is a preparation consisting of lotus stems. The preparation involves thinly slicing the lotus stem, streaming the slices and then sautéing them in a mixture of herbs, spices, and gram flour. It is very nutritious and remains to be a famous street food of Manali.


This is a festive preparation and basically a cake made of buckwheat. This is one of the best street foods you will get at Manali. You should definitely try this out to complete your palette of local flavors of Manali.

Tudkiya Bhat

This is the authentic pulao owned by Himachal Pradesh. The 'Pahadi' people cook this in their very own style. It is a favorite among the people of Manali. The dish consists of a lot of elements including lentils, yogurt, potatoes, onion, garlic, tomatoes, cardamom, and cinnamon. It has a distinct spicy flavor and tastes best when consumed with mashed dal and a few drops of lemon juice. You can’t get enough of this dish and will ask for more.

Chana Madra

This is a dish that is originally owned by the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. A rich preparation consisting of tamarind, garlic, ginger, onions, cumin, coriander powder, cloves, and many other spices, Chana Madra is a tangy dish ready to treat your taste buds. It is mainly prepared with white chickpeas. With that said, Chana Madra is yet another very popular street food of Manali.


This delicacy of Manali consists of rice, raisins and is garnished with dry foods. It is literally perfection served on a plate. You are sure to give your taste buds an unforgettable treat with Mittha’s rich flavors.

Chha Gosht

A favorite street food of Manali, Chha Gosht is prepared using marinated mutton which is cooked in curd, gram flour, and spices. This dish perfectly goes with the low temperatures of Manali and is served with rice to make it a complete meal. It is one of the tastiest street foods you will ever have. 

Kadhi Chawal

This is the ultimate comfort food that will never lose its charm. This is a street food delicacy here in Manali and not just a home-cooked dish. You will find many shacks or sit down restaurants at Manali selling piping hot Kadhi Chawal.



An Indian version of the Chinese dim sums, momos is one of the favorites amongst the locals of Manali. It is prepared with thin sheets of refined flour which are then filled with vegetables or meat and then steamed. It is available on every other stall in the town. 


Red Rice

Red rice is a dish you simply cannot miss at Manali. This is rich both in terms of flavor as well as nutrition. It contains antioxidants, vitamin B6, lowers cholesterol and also helps your heart. The dish has a nutty flavor and is served with a side dish consisting of local kidney beans and green veggies. If you prefer eating healthy then this is your take.

Cantonese Noodles

This is a preparation of our well-known noodles with just the right amount of spices. This falls under the Tibetan delicacies served here. It is easily available across several joints as you walk down a road.

Bombay Bhelpuri

We are all aware of this tangy street food of Mumbai. Well, turns out this spicy delicacy is also in Manali. Here it is prepared as a mixture of fried rice, onions, potatoes, chickpeas topped with the tangy tamarind sauce. This dish will surely be a delight to your taste buds and the experience will be memorable.

Masala Omelette

This is something you will easily find on the streets of Manali. It is served to steam hot sandwiched inside two slices of bread. The cool weather makes this staple dish perfect to heat your system. 

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