Do You Know About Hunza’s Healthy Food?
Hunza is not a city, but rather a region located in the Gilgit-Baltistan territory of Pakistan, which is a northern region in the Himalayas. It’s known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and the unique lifestyle of its inhabitants. The primary town in the Hunza region is Karimabad, which serves as a hub for tourists and travelers.
Hunza’s Healthy and Famous Dish
Hunza’s famous dish name is Chhap Shuro. It is sort of a pie filled with meat. Travelers’ favorite snake is Chhap Shuro. Any kind of meat can be used in its filling.
Where You can find the authentic Chhap Shuro?
Karimabad is the main area of the Hunza district of Gilgit Baltistan province, Pakistan, There is a lady known as Lal Shahzadi who runs a food stall known as Huza Food Pavilion near the 700-year-old Baltat Fort, against the beautiful backdrop of Altar Glacier mountain and the old Batlat Fort, Lal Shahzadi serves Gyaling (Wheat Four Crepes), Apricot Soup, and dried Apricot juice to locals and tourists. Lal Shahzadi is also famous in Hunza and known as the ‘Superwomen of Hunza’. She used local ingredients and pure spices to create the famous regional dishes of the Hunza Valley.
Introduction of Chhap Shuro?
It is one of the most famous and Unique dishes. This Dish represents the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Whether there is a dhaba near Rakaposhi Mountain, Someone in the market, or someone’s house you will find hidden noises of this everywhere. In the Brushki language, Chhap means meat, Ganshu means onion, and Shuro means bread, Somewhere it is similar to a meat pie, and to some, it is similar to Paratha. This dish is associated with Hunza’s world-renowned hospitality Locals welcome tourists with dishes like Salted Yak, Milk, and Chhap Shuro.
Statement of Lal Shahzadi
She says that Chhap Shuro is also known as the healthy pizza of Hunza. Lal Shahzadi also says that she takes pride in presenting sophisticated and expertly crafted hides. she says she enjoys every single moment of making Chhap Shuro. Lal Shahzadi said that they not only serve food but also share the history of their beautiful religion Hunza. She says that in the local houses of Hunza, they used to cook Chhap Shuro in a stone oven. And in that stone oven, it takes three hours to cook Chhap Shuro. She said that as the demand and population of Chhap Shuro increased the people started cooking the Chhap Shuro on the stove but Lal Shahzadi has maintained their traditional way of cooking Chhap Shuro.
Making of Chhap Shuro
Lal Shahzadi first rolls two loaves of bread with a rolling pin. About the flour, she said that she uses whole wheat or wheat millet flour from her land. Then she spread a lightly spicy filling made of onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, mint saffron, green chilies, and minced meat on a bun. Then she put the second bread on top of it. By twisting and turning the edges of the other bread, they create a pie crust-like border that not only helps to contain the meat but also gives the Chhap Shouro a unique flavor. Lal Shahzadi holds a large rectangular wooden spoon on top of it to give Chhap Shuro a flat surface, while its underside is fried in a shallow pan. She adds apricot and walnut oil to the pan to give Shuro a sweet and nutty taste. She also added that he herself extracted the Almond inside of the apricot seeds and walnut oil from her gardens. She added that she also grinds spices by hand and makes sure to use locally raised chicken, goat, and yak meat.
There are many chiefs that make Lal Shuro and different varieties of this dish. Some chefs like Lal Shahzadi uses pre-cooked meal while some chefs who make it marinate the meat beforehand and cook it with flour later. If no oil is used on the Chhap Shuro it becomes like a naan, while if oil is used the roti becomes crispy and golden. Lal Shahzadi eats it like a pizza while many people break the top bread of Chhap Shuro and make meatballs inside and enjoy eating them.