Cultures

Prapu (Wheat Noodles)

Skardu Valley

Prapu is a noodle dish thickened with almonds that have been ground to a powder. The noodles are hand-made using wheat flour, then boiled until soft.

Prapu is a noodle dish thickened with almonds that have been ground to a powder. The noodles are hand-made using wheat flour, then boiled until soft. When ready, they are covered in a thick paste which includes ground walnuts and pressed apricot oil, and the whole pot is then seasoned with local herbs.

The seasoning includes locally grown high-plateau herbs, several of which I’ve never seen anywhere else. Recipes are very hard to find, but I could definitely taste fenugreek seeds, and there may also be potato in the thick sauce as well.

Most of the dishes here are made entirely from local ingredients, many parts of the recipe made from scratch by the families. You can immediately see that Balti cuisine is unique, very different from food in Pakistan’s low-land and river-basin areas.

 

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