Recipe 9: Himachali Siddu

21 days, 21 recipes…

Our multitasker Rakeshji of SaffronStays Honeystone By Narkanda Ski Slopes is the chef and caretaker of this swiss-style chalet in Narkanda. He says, there are several unique Himachali dishes, but the recipe which he wishes to share with us is of Siddu – a humble steamed bun.


  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • ¼ yeast mixed in warm water Or 1 tsp baking powder 
  • ½ cup water
  • 50 gms sesame seeds
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt


  1. Mix wheat flour, baking powder, water, salt and knead into a soft dough. Leave the dough to rest for 10-15 minutes.
  2. In a pan, dry roast sesame seeds. Once the seeds cool down blend to form powder.
  3. In a bowl, mix the powder, chopped onions, green chillies, coriander leaves and salt to taste. Make sure the mixture is dry.  
  4. Flatten a medium-sized dough and fill a small amount of dry mixture in the centre. Close the dough to make buns.
  5. Steam the siddus for 25-30 minutes or until they are fluffy. Serve hot with ghee.
Himachali Siddu

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