Himachal Pradesh being located in hilly region of North India offers wide variety of cuisines for marriages. A fulfilling marriage takes place only when the invitees are treated with grand feast. The bride and the groom’s family take enough care in presenting a good meal to the guests and it is their duty to please them.
How to treat the guests?
The friends and relatives of the couple’s family accept the wedding invitation and make their presence for the auspicious event. They bless the couple whole heartedly and make the marriage successful. It is mandatory to reciprocate their good deeds of the guests and serve them with grand feast.
Plan for the cuisine without conflicts
The bride and groom’s family must sit together and discuss about the recipes without any conflicts in order to decide the menu at the earliest. This is because getting hold of Brahmin cook is quite difficult. Also the traditional food is cooked without artificial colours and chemicals which is healthy and makes way for a happy marriage. Enough facilities must be made for water storage.
Stick on to favourites
The menu must be chosen with prior importance given to the guests and items liked by them. Also the financial reserve of couple’s family is taken into account. Getting suggestions from friends and relatives might help.
Main dish of Himachali marriage
The traditional recipe followed by the people of Himachal Pradesh is “Kangri Dham”. It is made customary to follow this recipe. The ways to serve the food also matter. The basic menu of Kangri dham consists of the following dishes,
- It starts with a sweet and vadai
- The major staple food of Rice
- Spiced yoghurt called as madra
- The major pulse variety of moong dal
- Toppings of bread crumbs making it better
- A dessert to end the dish
Ways to serve
The preparations start a day before the marriage, making it better to taste. Copper vessels are widely used and they prepare energy giving food. Cleanliness is given utmost importance. The chefs serve the food in leaf plates one by one. Mostly the guests are made to sit on mats in the floor. Suitable arrangements are made for water storage.
Other food varieties
There are other recipe which includes kangri dham cooked by adding curd without base vegetables of onion and tomatoes. This enhances the blood sugar level. Also fermented food is liked by people who do not prefer spices. The menu includes sweets made of paneer and dal jol fulfilling marriage feast.
Financial reserve might help in case of emergency conditions when there is shortage of food. This might give rise to conflicts between the couple’s family. In such a situation, simple fermented dish prepared with curd and roti is served.
Nowadays people do not prefer to sit in the floor and eat. Rather they are accustomed to self-servicing scheme. They have adopted this from the western countries. The recipes are also undergoing similar changes.