Kashmir is generally associated with beautiful terrains, and spectacular views, but delectable Kashmiri food is another attraction of the region. Despite being situated on such high altitudes where there is scarcity of ingredients, the cuisine has been crafted so skillfully that each and every dish is delicious, with just the right mix of spices and elements. Below are the most popular Kashmiri dishes that are worth a trial:
Kashmiri food is like a solace for non-vegetarians and a bite of Rogan Josh will make you drool over it. Lamb or mutton slow cooked in spices, the robust essence of brown onions and yogurt just add that little flavour to the dish. Relish the aromatic Rogan Josh with a naan or tandoori roti.
Kashmiri cuisine is all about its rich flavours. Rice cooked in an exclusive style, modur pulao leaves a distinctive taste. It is a sweet delicacy cooked in milk with nuts, sugar, ghee and saffron.
Well known as meat balls, these are made of minced meat cooked in flavourful yoghurt gravy with red spices.
Yakhni is a style of cooking adopted by Kashmiris. The food is cooked in yoghurt based gravy and is flavoured with mawalflowers, black and green cardamoms, onion paste and dry mint leaves with aromatic fennel seeds. Lamb is often cooked in Yakhni and Yakhni Pulao is another famous preparation which is an amalgamation of rice and lamb. Needless to mention, the dish is heavenly!
Goshtaba is a preparation of lamb in which minced mutton is slow cooked in yoghurt gravy with exclusive spices that slowly adds flavour in the dish. Relish these meatballs balls while you are in Kashmir.
Although majority of the population in Kashmir is non-vegetarian, the cuisine still boasts of vegetarian delicacies like Lyodur Tschaman in which cottage cheese is slow cooked in a creamy turmeric based gravy that imparts both colour and flavour to the dish. It is one of the staple dishes in Kashmiri households.
Kashmiri Dum Aalo:
This dish was initially prepared for Kashmiri Pandits which is why it is made without onion or garlic. The dish grabs its mesmerizing flavour from the yogurt gravy and the spices like garam masala, cumin, fennel seeds, cardamom and other spices that is used in its preparation. Savour Kashmiri Aaloo dum with paranthas on your visit to Kashmir.
With beautiful landscapes and delectable dishes, Kashmir rightly deserves the name “Heaven on Earth”.