Uttarakhand is the land of sublime natural beauty and serene spirituality with beautiful green mountains that you can’t miss it. When I was a kid, I used to visit my grandfather’s place (Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand) in summer vacations. It was 10-12 hours of journey by bus from Chandigarh.
At every stop many vendors come to bus window to sell all kind of snacks. Fresh cucumber (pahadi kheera) with spices on top, coconut wedges, spicy popcorns etc. It was the spices in these snacks that make that long journey enjoyable.
This chutney is extremely spicy made with garlic and green chili. I still remembered me and my brother used to have this chutney with hot stuffed parathas. Now, Reyansh ( My son ) also loves this chutney. I love to have this flavored salt with cucumber salad or with orange slices or toss with salad or serve with stuffed paratha.
Pahadi Namak (Salts), they have staple in Uttarakhand (Garhwali and Kumaoni) households. They are made in different flavors like mint, mustard, ginger, coriander, garlic, cumin, and chilies (You can use anyone red or green ).
Every household will have their version of hara namak (hara nood). Traditionally, it is made on sil batta. Sil Batta in Hindi with sil referring to flat stone and batta referring to a cylindrical grinding stone. Hara namak is made by crushing or grinding coriander leaves, green chilies, cumin seeds, garlic, salt, and making it into a semi-dry form. These flavored salts loaded with micronutrients (using Rock Salt or Himalayan pink salt) are not only a healthy option but can also tickle your taste buds.
The Himalayan crystal salt contains certain minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium that makes it so precious. It is a healthier choice than the regular table salt, Himalayan salt is one of the best natural healers. It is available in different grain sizes. For cooking purposes, go for the extra fine grain while medium and coarse are the perfect sizes for finishing.
Surprisingly, Himalayan salt lamps to purify the air. Himalayan salt lamps host an array of health and environmental benefits which make them very beneficial for the home. The beautiful Himalayan salt lamps not only add beauty to your house but they also purify the air. These lamps attract moisture from the air and due to the warmth on the surface, the water evaporates quickly. The process of evaporation creates negative ions that react with the pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and allergens which carry a positive charge and neutralize them.
I have kept a big Himalayan candle holder at my house. While Himalayan Salt Candle Holders may not be enough to rid your house of all pollutants, they can be used in conjunction with air purifiers and house plants to help improve air quality. In turn, this can reduce your allergies and make your home feel fresh and clean.
Garlic Chilli Chutney | My Mom’s Recipe | Pisyun Loon ( Kumaoni Hara Namak)
Combination of herbs and salt, these age-old ‘pisyun loon’ from the mountains are not just healthy, they are delicious enough to liven up any meal.
Green chilies or red chilli ( chopped ) – 2
Garlic ( chopped ) – 3
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Few Coriander leaves
Salt to taste or pink salt
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
Grind all the above ingredients coarsely or pound everything in mortar- pestle. Enjoy with paratha or with cucumber, orange slices, or even avocado, pineapple.