GHENGTI- THE FERMENTED PLANT BEVERAGE OF THE TRIBAL FOLK IN CHAKRATA HILLS, WESTERN HIMALAYA, INDIA.

Vishamber Joshi, S. P. Joshi

Abstract


The Chakrata region in district Dehradun is a 'scheduled tribe' area(Jaunsar-Bawar) that lies in an altitudinal range of
405m-3069m in the Western Himalaya. Theinhabitants of the area are 'Jaunsari' people, majority of them still rely in
traditionalagriculture. During winters and any gathering of celebration, jaunsaris usually sit in a circleand enjoy local alcoholic beverage known as
'Ghengti' served by the lady of the host family.'Keem is the starter in the form of cakes made up of 16,9,8,2 and 1 roots, whole plants,leaves, bulbil
and fruit respectively of the 36 plant species collected by the Jadayi. Fruit pulpresults in local fermented plant beverage Ghengti.


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