Highly influenced by the traditional food of the Kashmiri pundits, Kashmiri food has now taken some of the features of the cooking style adopted in Central Asia, Persia and Afghanistan. It makes an extensive use of turmeric and yoghurt. Superb preparation and fabulous aromatic flavor of the Kashmiri food is so alluring that even those who are not feeling hungry end up yearning for more. The Rigveda mentions the meat eating traditions of this area while the ancient Kashmiri epic, the Nilamat Purana, records that Kashmiris were heavy meat eaters, a habit that persists to this day. Here are 7 Kashmiri delicacies for you that cannot be missed
A traditional delicacy of Kashmir, Goshatba is minced mutton cooked in flavorful yogurt gravy and spices. This dish is prepared on royal occasions and it indeed has a royal taste and flavour which can tease you appetite to urge for more.
2. Gogji Rajma
The famous Gogji Rajma (Red Kidney Beans with Turnip) is a flavorsome recipe of Kashmir, loved by everybody. An easy recipe infused with the magical Vaer of Kashmir.
3. Noon Chai
Noon Chai ‘Noon Chai’, or Salt tea – is made using a special tea leaf that grows in those parts, which resembles pure green tea, not the ground variety found in tea bags, rather the long oolong tea leaf type. Additionally, salt is always added, not sugar and the addition of ground pistachios and almonds added a inherently ‘garam‘ – hot element to the tea that helps warm up the body, considering that Kashmir has very cold winters.
4. Dum Aaloo
Dum Aloo, Dum Olav or Dum Aaloo, one of the most famous dishes of Kashmir food, is cooked with yoghurt, ginger powder, fennel and other hot spices to give it a unique flavour and aroma. You can have it with chapatis or naan.
5. Monji Haak
Monji Haak is made up of Haak leaves that are green in colour and look a lot like spinach. It is a simple stew from Kashmir that makes beautiful use of the bulb and greens of knol khol (kohl rabi or ganth gobhi).
Kahwa is the most famous tea of Kashmir. The tea is made by boiling green tea leaves with saffron strands, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods and occasionally Kashmiri roses to add a great aroma. Generally, it is served with sugar or honey and crushed nuts, usually almonds or walnuts. Some varieties are made as an herbal infusion only.
7. Rogan Josh
A must try dish for all the Lamb meat lovers Rogan Josh, an aromatic lamb dish of Persian origin, is one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine. Robust with flavors of varied spices, it is a very healthy low-fat dish. Try it with rice or naan and you will yearn for more.
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