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Introduction of Kashmiri Cuisine

Kashmiri food originated from the picturesque Kashmir Valley, the crown of India that lies in the lap of the Himalayas. Kashmir not only offers mesmerising locations but also a wide range of lip smacking and exotic delicacies. Traditionally rice has remained the staple food for the Kashmir populace which is most popularly complimented with varied preparations of meat. Kashmiris including the Brahmin Pandits are voracious meat eaters and thus a number of appetizing and luscious Kashmiri dishes of meat like rogan josh and yakhni are available. Varied range of traditional Kashmiri breads like bakarkhani and tea like sheer chai are also quite popular in the region.


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Kashmir is one of the major states in India. Kashmir also has a unique cuisine which is different from many regional cuisines in India. Kashmiri cuisine is very old, perhaps hundreds of years old. As the state of Kashmir is on the border of many neighboring countries, there has been a great influence on Kashmiri cuisine ranging from Tibet, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Persian cuisines. Many cuisines in neighboring states such as Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, etc have had their influence on Kashmiri cuisine. Kashmiri cuisine has embraced all these cuisines but at the same time did not lose its authenticity. Many preparations include chicken, lamb, fish, beef and also vegetarian preparations. The traditional full course in Kashmir is called Wazwan.

Kashmiri recipes include the use of many spices such as mustard, fennel, Kashmiri chilli powder, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, saffron but avoid garlic, onion, tomatoes, etc. This is unique in India, especially which is known to use onion, ginger and garlic generously in most of the non-vegetarian delicacies.

Some of the best Kashmiri recipes in non-vegetarian category include Gushtaba, Haak, Kabarga, Ranith Gada, Neni Qaliya, Neni Rogan Josh, Machh, Neni Yakhean, Tabak Maaz, Yakhni, Pasanda, Kabargah, Shadbegh, Jigar, Methi Qeema, Methi Goli, Syun Qaliya, Matzgand, Shaem, Syun Oluv, Rista, Tsoek Tsarvan, Gaad, etc.

People of Kashmir also embrace vegetarian food as much as non-vegetarian food. Some of the best Kashmiri recipes in vegetarian category include Ladyar Tsaman, Veth Tsaman, Dum Aloo, Dam Oluv, Nadeir Yakhean, Hak, Nadeir Palak, Tsoek Vangam, Razmah Goagji, etc. Kashmiri recipes in desserts include Modur Polav, Khir, Firun, Shufta, Shier Chay, Khewa, Kashmiri green tea with saffron and almonds, etc.

With such elaborate preparations, Kashmiri cuisine is perhaps one of the unique cuisines in whole of India. Kashmiri recipes list can be obtained from many sources today which include cookery books, especially Kashmiri cookery books. With Kashmiri recipes list, one can make some of the best Kashmiri preparations at home. One can also look for Kashmiri recipes online. With the help of internet, many people have been posting Kashmiri recipes online, which have influenced food lovers’ cooking experience.


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