A gastronomical trip to Kashmir
Touriosity Travelmag|May 2021
Kashmiri cuisine has been influenced by the cuisines of the Mughals, the Arabs and the local style of cooking of the Kashmiri pundits. While most of the signature delicacies of the region are non-vegetarian, there are many interesting vegetarian dishes to try as well. In the non-vegetarian dishes, mutton, chicken or fish is the main ingredient. There is abundant use of spices like cardamom, fennel, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and saffron giving the food not only exquisite taste but also rich aroma. In this article we bring to our readers 16 ‘must try’ items from Kashmiri cuisine.

Rogan Josh

Beyond any doubt this signature dish wears the crown of Kashmiri cuisine. Rogan Josh was introduced by the Mughals to Kashmiri cuisine. It is an aromatic lamb curry cooked with various spices and yogurt and robust with the flavour of browned onions. It is served with rice or naan.

Yakhni Pulao

This signature rice dish of Kashmir is similar to biryani in taste but the procedure of cooking differs. Yakhni means ‘soup’ or ‘stock’ and it is made first using the meat and spices. Long grained basmati rice is then cooked on this yakhni. Yakhni pulao is flavourful one pot dish and a must have one in Kashmir. The distinctive flavour of this rice leaves you craving for more even after you have had your fill.

Modur Pulao

This sweetened pulao is prepared using milk, saffron, ghee, a little sugar, cardamom and cinnamon. The saffron adds a light golden yellowish colour to the rice making it visually tempting. It is then garnished with dry fruits like almonds, cashews, walnuts and raisins and often also with fruits like apples and pomegranate pearls.

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