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The Famous Sweet of Almora - Bal Mithai

Over the years, the sweet has found home in many Kumaoni stories and folklore, arising from the milieu of Kumaon, as evident from the memoirs of noted Hindi writer, Shivani, wherein she reminiscences, the Almora Bazaar, and the lane filled with smells of locally made sweets, and the shop of Jogalal Shah Halwai, who is said to have invented the sweet, made with milk from near by Phalsima village, and then wrapped in sugar dipped posta or Khas khas (Opium poppy) seeds.Although it is unknown weather its ancirnt. Over the years, rapid commercialization, and costing cutting moves lead to local shopkeeper replacing the original khas khas sugar balls, with plain sugar balls, that look like homeopathic pills. Even a recent version, is completely devoid of sugar balls, to suit changing urban and tourist tastes. After, Joga Shah Halwai, Routela brothers - Khem Singh and Mohan Singh made a name for themselves in sweet preparations.

Baal Mithai is made by cooking khoya (evaporated milk cream) with cane sugar, until it becomes dark brown in color, colloquially called "chocolate" for its color resemblance. This is allowed to settle and cool, and cut into cubes which are then garnished with small white sugar balls.

Baal Mithai as long been a specialty of the Almora district, and neighbouring Kumaon Hills, along with another local delicacy, Singhauri, which is another preparation of flavoured khoya, and comes wrapped in oak leaves.

Today, Baal Mithai, has become a delicacy in many neighbouring hill stations, like Ranikhet and Nainital, where an old Shop, in Bara Bazaar still sells, both the traditional and modern versions of Baal Mithai, the latter being, the same brown fudge without the white sugar balls.

Some local delicacies:

Haldwani is known for its own hangouts and recipes, of course, majority recipes inherited from Kumaon. Treasure of the Kumaon hills is its food. Here are some of the most popular recipes from the region that taste great yet, are easy-to-cook. You just relish the food! Here are the dishes of Kumaon, and Haldwani:


  • Bal Mithai
  • Bhatt ka joula
  • Gathi
  • Gaderi ki sabji
  • Gauhat ki daal
  • Lason ka lur
  • Ras Bhat
  • Jholi Bhat
  • Bathue ka Paratha
  • Madwe ki roti
  • Bhatt ki churkani
  • Bari bhat
  • Bhang ki chatnee
  • Kaapa Bhaat
  • Churkani
  • Dhai ka Jaula
  • Papad Ki Sabji
  • Peenalu Ki Sabji
  • Malta (fruit)
  • Allu Gutuk
  • Pinalu Gutuk
  • Tinari
  • Lai ka saag
  • Jhuhar ka Bhat


Some popular Cafe & Restaurants

Restaurant Reach there/Contact No. Menu Remarks
Vatika Restaurant
Katgodam
Less than 2 Kms from Kathgodam Railway Station and about 5 Km from Haldwani Bus & Railway Station on Haldwani Nainital Road
Tel: +91-5946-266045
Mobile: +91-9837031544
Vegetarian, North Indian, Chinese, Continental
Wood Pecker Food Plaza
Katgodam
3 Km from Kathgodam Railway Station and 3 Km from Haldwani Bus & Railway Station on Haldwani Nainital Road
Tel.: +91-5946-266681
Vegetarian, North Indian, Chinese, Continental Speciality: North Indian, Continental
J4 Junction
Botiaparav, Haldwani
About 4 Km from Kathgodam Railway Station and 2 Km from Haldwani Bus & Railway Station on Haldwani Nainital Road
Tel: +91-5946-320578
Vegetarian, North Indian, Chinese, Continental
Standard Sweets & Restaurant
Rampur Road, Haldwani
7 Km from Kathgodam Railway Station and 1 Km from Haldwani Bus & Railway Station on Haldwani Rampur Road
Tel.: +91-5946-220961
Vegetarian, South Indian, Chinese, Continental
Nanak Restaurant
Padmavati Tower, Botiaparav, Haldwani
4 Km from Kathgodam Railway Station and 2 Km from Haldwani Bus & Railway Station on Haldwani-Nainital Road
Tel.: +91-5946-282228, Mobile: +91-9897046228
Vegetarian, North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Continental Speciality: Bengali Sweets
Udupi's Restaurants
Ranibagh, Haldwani
2.5 Km from Kathgodam Railway Station and 7 Km from Haldwani Bus & Railway Station on Haldwani Nainital Road
Tel.: +91-5946-244004
Vegetarian, South Indian The only pure South Indian restaurant in Kumaon
Shama Veg & Non-veg. Restaurant
Near Bus Station, Haldwani
6 Km from Kathgodam Railway Station and 300 mtrs from Haldwni Bus & 450 mtrs from Railway Station
Tel.: +91-5946-250569, Mobile: +91-9927072316
Vegetarian, Non-vegetarian, North Indian Speciality: North Indian
The New Lees Kitchen Restaurant
Ranibagh, Haldwani
2.5 Km from Kathgodam Railway Station and 7 Km from Haldwani Bus & Railway Station on Haldwani Nainital Road
Contact: Mr. Lipingyon
Vegetarian, North Indian, Chinese, Continental Exclusive Chinese Restaurant in Haldwani
Facility of Home Delivery
Varun's Ratnam
Botiaparav, Haldwani
2 Km from Kathgodam Railway Station and 5 Km from Haldwani Bus & Railway Station on Haldwani Nainital Road
Tel.: +91-5946-327927, Mobile: +91-9719743740
Vegetarian, South Indian, Chinese


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