Surprisingly, and one among those rare occasions, my trip to Kasauli a few months back wasn’t one to explore the food scene in the hill station. In fact, I had absolutely done no research on what local foods to try or eateries I should look out for, or even what’s worth seeing near about the cantonment town. My agenda was purely to chill at a beautiful English retreat in the middle of a pine forest, aptly named 7 Pines, and enjoy the art of doing nothing.
And so it was. For good two days, I slept as much as I could, indulged in delicious home-style food, and soaked in as much green as possible. On the third day, however, my friends and I finally decided to venture out to explore the old town. There wasn’t much to see but it was enough to get a sense of the place – from visiting the Mohan Meakin brewery to the gothic-style town church and Tibetan market.
While in the market, it was when I started discovering exclusive local offerings, ranging from sparkling fruit wines and meat pickles to woollen shawls and wooden artefacts. My explorations finally led me to an old time eatery in the market called Narinder Sweet House, which bowled us over completely with their lip-smacking snacks and sweets, particularly the Bun Samosa.
Undoubtedly their hottest selling item, here a fluffy bun is stuffed with a smashed samosa, and topped with masala chana and chutneys. From the looks of it, it may be ordinary but as you bite into the bun, you get a mind boggling medley of flavours and textures that make it lip-smacking good.
The family run stall has been around for over 60 years, and apparently been visited by many celebs too. Khushwant Singh had written about the stall, calling it “India’s answer to hot-dog or burger” about 2 decades back.
It’s definitely a must-try when in Kasauli. Go and indulge!