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Jammu & Kashmir is a rich state of amazing weather and heavenly places. Just like its picturesque locations it also has amazing food. The cuisines to taste in Jammu and Kashmir include a blend of three styles of food like Mughal, Kashmiri Pandits, and Islamic. This city is rich in cuisines and tastes also. Here are some of the cuisines.
Mutton Rogan Josh
The tasty cuisines of Jammu and Kashmir have one special dish. This is the best dish one can taste in Kashmir. And if you are a non-vegetarian then don’t you dare to miss this dish. Rogan Josh is the signature Kashmiri curry dish. It has meat and brown onions with a perfect blend of spices and yoghurt. This dish serves with naan or rice. This dish became popular after the Mughals invaded India.
Sheer Chai or Pink Tea
Pink tea is also called Sheer Chai, Noon Chai, or Kashmiri Chai. Pink tea is expensive than other varieties of tea. This tea needs special leaves which grow only in the Kashmir region. The making of this pink tea needs a lot of patience. The ingredients added to this tea are noon (local worfor salt), water, cinnamon, pistachio, special tea leaves, almonds, and milk. This is a healthy tea. And a cup of Kashmiri pink tea could help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and strengthen the bones of the body.
Kashmiri Pulav is a delicious recipe from the Kashmiri cuisines. This is a traditional rice dish that is cooked with basmati rice, ghee, nuts, spices, fried onions, and saffron. Saffron is the most expensive ingredient, used in this dish. Kashmiri cuisines are mostly non-vegetarian but this is a vegetarian dish. This is a perfect spicy meal for everyone. and gives a perfect presentation by topping with berries, apples, and pomegranates.
Goshtaba is a traditional delicacy of Kashmir. This is a traditional Kashmiri curry in which spicy meatballs mix in a yoghurt gravy and spices. This dish was a royal dish initially and later cooked by the people on special occasions and festivals. it has a delicious taste and people love this dish so much. All Kashmiris even Kashmiri Pandits too love meat and craved this dish and its taste.
Dum aloo of Kashmiri style is famous and loved cuisine. This recipe uses baby potatoes, spices, yoghurt, sauce, and Kashmiri red chillies, and ginger powder. This does not use onion and garlic. The flavours and spices maintain the aroma and give a perfect spicy and delicious touch to the dish. This is pure veg and easily served with naan or chapati.
Lotus Root or Nadru Yakhni Curry
Lotus root dish is a popular dish of Kashmir. In Kashmir, the lotus root or Nadru Yakhni has grown in the bordering lakes of Srinagar. It is popular in many East Asian countries like Japan, and China too. This dish uses many ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, red chillies, gram flour, bay leaf (Tez Patta), and ghee. This traditional dish needs lotus root and boils with yoghurt. These boiled lotus roots with aromatic spices and yoghurt produce the best delicious taste. and the mint adds completeness to the dish.
Modur Pulao is a Kashmiri Sweet Pulao made using dry fruits and nuts. It is a delicious and aromatic rice prepared using a surplus amount of ghee with spices and nuts. This pulao has a wide variety of ingredients like milk, coconut, dry fruits, spices, and, sugar, and saffron. This dish is popular in Kashmir and has rich flavours of Kashmiri cuisines.
Kahwa is a famous Kashmiri Green tea. This tea is very popular in cold places and used in the winter season. This tea needs cardamon, cinnamon, rose petals, saffron, rich green tea leaves, spices, almonds, and nuts. this tea is very aromatic and tasty. And saffron in kahwa makes it a warm drink against cold. This is not a regular drink. This is a special occasion or feast drink. It is good for health. It reduces stress, improves digestion, regulates blood pressure, controls regular colds, and builds immunity.
Kashmiri Shufta is a famous traditional Kashmiri dessert. This is a simple and festival dish. People love to have Shufta on fasts. The ingredients make this dish expensive. It has saffron, cardamon, cinnamon, rose petals, dry fruits, sugar syrup, and milk, and paneer. Shufta needs only 20 minutes to get ready. This dish is best for the winters because dry fruits provide warmth to the body.
Aab Gosht is one of the popular and regular cuisines of Jammu and Kashmir. There are many varieties of mutton in Kashmir. The popular dish among them is Aab Gosht. In this dish, the mutton is cooked in milk and spices. The succulents meat tears from the bone. It is best served with well-cooked saffron rice. This non-veg dish is very tasty. It is cooked at festivals and celebrations.
Searching for the wow veg food in Kashmir? then your wait is over here. Yes. Lyodur Tschaman is a vegetarian dish in the cuisines of Kashmir list. The paneer lovers pay their attention here. This dish has Kashmiri cottage cheese or paneer which is cooked with cream gravy. The yellow colour of gravy is because of Kashmiri turmeric. And adding just a pinch of saffron can multiply the taste of Lyodur Tschaman. It is a popular dish of Kashmir and is cooked regularly in houses.
Kashmiri rajma or red kidney beans is a popular dish of north India. This dish is also a popular cuisine in Jammu and Kashmir with Kashmiri delight. This dish has thick gravy and a spicy taste. It needs Rajma, red chillies, dry ginger, spices, and a pinch of Saffron to add a Kashmiri touch. It serves with Lachcha Parathas, boiled rice, salads, and pickle. This is a mouth-watering dish and loves to eat it.
Kashmiri Sevaiyaan is a festive recipe. This cooks on the occasion of the Eid festival. This dish is very simple and tasty. It needs to roast a Sevaiyaan, butter, milk, sugar, dry fruits, cardamom, and saffron. It needs 35minutes to cook this dish.
This dish has its origin in modern-day Bangladesh. It spread over the whole Indian sub-continent. And named after the inventor of this dish, Bakhar Khani. It is a thick and spiced flat-bread or roti. And looks like a biscuit. It needs the ingredients milk, ghee, flour, almonds, baking soda and etc. It is a tasty and crunchy biscuit that ate with the noon chai.
Kashmiri Lamb Rista
Rista curry is a very simple and non-veg dish. It tends to have saffron, turmeric, moval flower, Kashmiri chilli powder, black pepper, cardamom, the meat of lamb, and cloves in it. And depending on the Waza, maybe one or two more spices. These lamb meatballs (rista) are well known for their spongy texture. The baking powder and cornflour help us to make the rista extra spongy. This dish is very tasty and loved by all.
Thus, the Cuisines of Jammu and Kashmir are a blessing for the tongue. It includes different kinds of rich dishes with traditional and newness of taste. These dishes highlight the rich culture of Kashmir and its tastes.