People from all around the world visit Hunza Valley whenever they come to Pakistan. Hunza Valley is a great attraction for tourists as there are great places to visit and delicious foods to try. Hunza will serve you with a wide range of mouthwatering traditional foods. The aroma of these traditional foods and its true taste of nature will leave you wanting more. People of Hunza are known for their long lifespan, and it is believed that it is because of their healthy diet and environment. If you ever get the chance to visit the beautiful Hunza valley, then you should try out the following five traditional foods.
1. GO-LEE (Giyaling)
Make your morning savory by trying out Go-Lee in breakfast. People always enjoy giyaling early in the morning when they visit Hunza. Apart from serving it during breakfast, it is also cooked on some special occasions such as Ginani. Now you must be curious about what exactly is giyaling. It is flat bread which is made from whole grain flours that makes it rich in vitamin B-17. A right amount of butter is spread on the flatbread to make it more flavorful. Go-lee is often served with namkeen chai; however, if you don’t prefer drinking something namkeen, then you can always go with simple chai.
Harissa is, without doubt, the most loved dish in Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan. It is enriched with a variety of flavors. It contains a good amount of proteins, and it is easy to process, which makes it a healthy dish. Harissa is prepared by using wheat, boiled meat, and oil; however, sometimes butter is also added in harissa instead of oil. This dish is served on special events in Hunza such as weddings. So, if you get the chance to attend a wedding while wandering Hunza, you should try Harissa.
Chap-churro is known as one of the most delicious traditional foods served in Hunza. If you love pizza, then you should give it a try as it the Gilgit Baltistan version of it. Wondering how pizza and chap-churro are similar? Chap-churro is a bread which is filled with chopped meat, onion, and different spices. It also contains fresh coriander leaves, chili peppers, and tomato. It is prepared by baking it for fifteen minutes on medium heat until it turns golden brown and crispy. Craving pizza? You can check out the chap-churro served at Jugloot Gouro as they are known for serving the best Chap-churros.
A mamtu is known as a divine dish of Hunza. It is also called dumplings and served in China due to its exceptional taste. Mamtu is easy to make and served with yogurt, chili sauce, vinegar, black pepper, and parsley. The dough of mamtu is filled with onions, chopped meat, vegetables, and spices. Then, it is steamed for a couple of hours in a steel container.
5. Diram Fitti
Diram Fitti is a traditional and energetic food in Hunza, which is prepared by mixing sprouted wheat flour with butter, apricot oil or almond oil. People living in Hunza are very hard working; therefore eating diram fitti bread makes them fully energized.