Kashmir is paradise not only in term of scenic beauty but also for its Food Culture. While visiting Kashmir, do take your time to try the Kashmir’s delightful foods. Kashmiri Food has a wide range of dishes and flavors in them. The food culture here is highly dominated by Mughals and Arab style cooking, but still you will find the influence of Kahmiri Pundits Signature style on many of the dishes. Being a Non-Vegetarian gives you an extra advantage because of the 30 varied styles of meat recipes found here. But this does not mean that you will starve as a veggie round here.
Below are the 10 famous Kashmir Cuisine that will make you feel trying them once:
1. Rogan Josh
Rogan Josh is a signature Kashmiri food and is quite famous worldwide. This dish is full with delicious and aromatic adventures. The Rogan Josh is a lam curry prepared with spices and yogurt.
The browned onions are garnished once the gravy is ready, giving it a mouth- watering taste. It is better served with bread or rice. For every non-veggie lover it’s a delight to try this dish once in their lifetime.
2. Modur Pulao
Modur Pulao is a special Pulao dish prepared with milk, ghee and saffron. This dish is not any ordinary Pulao dish. This dish’s garnishing is done with dry fruits like almonds, cashew nuts and raisins. Some sugar is also added for sweetness and surely this feature differentiate this dish from everywhere else. The main ingredient saffron is something that is mainly found in Kashmir region. The bright golden color that is visible on the dish is due to this saffron and is a visual delight.
3. Yakhni Lamb Curry
Maximum food in Kashmir is prepared with Yogurt. Yakhni Lamb Curry is also prepared with this mixture. This dish holds a very important significance in the food culture of Kashmir.
The lamb is prepared in a gravy that has a mixture of Yogurt, Mawal (flower), onion gravy, mint leaves and cardamoms. The cardamoms aroma is irresistible that will make you feel hungry. This dish is basically served with rice.
Kahva is a special Mughal Style Chai and is a speciality of the Jammu and Kashmir Region. It is customary to have this Tea while visiting any house. The Kahva Tea is a herbal tea that contains spices, saffron, almonds and even walnut in them. If you can’t visit the household then you can even try this during festivals or feast. There are around 20 or more different varities of Kahva available in the area.
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5. Shab Deg
Shah Deg is Kashmiri original delicacy that is very close to heart for every locals here. Shah means night and Deg refers to a large cooking vessels.
This is a meat dish, prepared by cooking it overnight with spices and herbs. The flavour tends to mix up with the meat and hence giving it an unique and mouth-watering taste. This dish is served for the guest and is considered as a royal dish.
6. Lyader Tschaman
Veggie lovers delight Lyader Tschaman is an Kashmiri cheese cooked in cream rich gravy. The cottage cheese found here is yellowish colored and hence the gravy too.
This is a regular dish in every house as the availability of cottage cheese is quite large here. This dish is equally loved by veggie and non veggie.
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7. Muji Gaad
Muji Gaad is a Kashmiri special Fish dish prepared with radish and nadur. This special dish is served on special occasion and mainly served in the month of festivals which tends to be on December. This dish has a lot of herbs and spices hence enhancing the flavour. Generally the dish is served after an hour of its preparation, so as the flavour settles in. Best enjoyed with rice and Haakh.
8. Kashmiri Style Baingan
Kashmiri Baingan is an Eggplant dish and extremely famous in Kashmir. Its taste is so good that one can’t resist it after feeling the Aroma.
This dish is prepared with dicing the Eggplant in Yogurt gravy. It serves as the side food for a regular meal and is one of the most loved vegetarian food in Kashmir.
9. Kashmiri Style Rajma
Kashmiri style Rajma is a special Rajma dish prepared in Kashmir and is famous all over North India. The dish is made from spices and mixture of Red Kidney Beans. For preparation of this dish a special tandoor is made on which it is allowed to cook. This gives an extra flavour and taste which you will not find anywhere else.
Thenthuk is a Leh special noodle soup dish. It is made from uneven noodles mixture with local wheat flour dough.
Pieces of yak or mutton are added to enhance the flavours and taste of this special soup dish. This dish will fill your stomach, so it’s better to have this during lunch or dinner time.
Kashmiri food is as heavenly as the scenic beauty found here. The food found here will surely make you feel like a royal person and will surely extend your trip. So do visit Kashmir and try to get the taste onto your taste buds because you may be tasting these for the first time and surely be drooling about it later.
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