Dham play very important role in Himachali marriage. It is the function in which all family member, relatives and villagers are invited for lunch. The overall function start with Ladies Sangeet. Amongst festive foods, the traditional meal, Dham, which consists of various cuisines served in small portions finds instant mention. Dham is prepared by boti’s who have been in this profession for generations. The utensils used for cooking the food are normally copper ones.
The process for Dham start one day before the function, and when ready, it is served in courses to people who sit on floor in the form of rows. The food is served in Pattals (plate made of leaf) and thermocol plates. Dishes include plain rice, Madra (Sepu badi/Mukund badi, Rajmah, White grams, Paneer etc), Palda (a curd based dish or curry), mustard based raita (Mathdi), pulses and Meethe chawal( sweet rice) or Mithdee (made of boondi, Bread crumbs etc).