Zaeka-e-Kashmir

The crown of the nation is not just soothing to the eyes but also does wonders for your tasteMouth watering delicacies of Kashmiri food will leave your stomach full but your tongue still craving for more. What’s more is that it’s not just one cuisine from the north that will do this. Kashmir and Leh regions have different cuisines, each of their own and once you try them out you’ll realize why this variety could not have fit in one plate at once. A state that is not only famous for its beauty but also for its cuisines. Mutton, chicken or fish are of prime importance in Kashmiri meal and everyday cooking often combines vegetable and meat in the same dish. Mutton and turnips, chicken and spinach, fish and lotus root are also very popular combinations. Pure vegetarian dishes include dum-aloo – roasted potatoes in curd-based gravy, and chaman- fried paneer (cottage cheese), in a thick sauce. Non-vegetarian dishes are considered in Kashmir to be a sign of lavish hospitality and at a Wazwan or banquet, not more than one or two vegetarian dishes are served. Sweets do not play an important role in Kashmiri cuisine. Instead Kahva or green tea is used to wash down a meal. Spices used in the of rich and rodelent flavours are: cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, saffron, etc.

Here is a list of some of the most popular Kasmiri food dishes which everyone must try at least once in their lifetime.

  1. Introduced in India with the coming of the Mughals, A must try dish for all the Lamb or meat lovers, Rogan Josh, an aromatic lamb dish is one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine.
  2. Sweetened Kashmiri rice prepared using cinnamon, a little saffron, milk, ghee,
    sugar, cashew nuts, almonds, green cardamom among several other ingredients is Modur pulav.
  3. If you are a mutton lover then you will love Kashmiri food, The Kashmiri dish which is made using milk and several spices including cardamom and black pepper is Aab gosht.
  4. This dish is an amalgamation of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items as the taste of fish and lotus stem blend together to give it a unique taste while hot spices and herbs add to it’s unique yet amazing flavour and aroma that is Kashmiri muji gaad.
  5. Matschgand is a dish of minced meatballs which is cooked in spicy red gravy, that can effect your tastebud.

Not just these limited dishes but Kashmir cuisine is about a lot more. The list is really long. So what are you waiting for, go ahead to your nearest restaurant and order some of these dishes. 

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