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Foods you'll Regret Missing Out on when in Kashmir

Updated: May 22

The beauty of Kashmir is known worldwide as it is often termed "Paradise on earth". The appeal of Kashmir for being a favourite among tourists indicates that it indeed offers a lot more than the eye can see. Words cannot even begin to describe the experience that Kashmir is. Among the many lists of must-do's in Kashmir, one thing that you cannot afford to miss out on is the variety of food and cuisine that Kashmir has to offer.

Kashmiri food is well known and loved all over India for its taste, flavours and aromas, and its cuisines are celebrated for being authentic to the region's flavour. If you love to travel and enjoy good food, Kashmir might be your destination.

To completely immerse in the Kashmiri experience, listed below are some food you must try while visiting Kashmir:

1. Kashmiri Dum Aloo

2. Rogan Josh

3. Modur Pulao

4. Kashmiri Baingan

5. Rajma Chawal

6. Kulcha

7. Khambir

8. Nadir Monji

9. Paneer Chaman

10. Yakhni

11. Kashmiri Muji Gaad


1. Kashmiri Dum Aloo


An appetizing platter of Kashmiri Dum Aloo
Photo by Green Earth Organics


Also known as Dum Olav, this Kashmiri food is one of the most popular cuisines. Dum Aloo is cooked with golden fried potatoes, yoghurt, ginger powder, fennel and other hot spices to give it a unique flavour and aroma. You can have it with chapatis or naan to get the most out of this all-time favourite and popular Kashmiri cuisine dish. Take a trip to Kashmir and try Dum Aloo in Kashmiri Food style if you want to experience authentic Kashmiri cuisine.


2. Rogan Josh


Mouth watering display of the famous Rogan Josh
Photo by Archana's Kitchen

Rogan Josh is one of the most famous authentic Kashmiri cuisine known for its royal taste. Probably, one of the most loved cuisines of the region, this signature dish of Kashmir is centred around mutton. The meat is cooked, and the ingredients are made with a combination of spices, yoghurt, and browned onions. A healthy low-fat dish, Rogan Josh is best savoured with rice or naan bread.


3. Modur Pulao


A mighty pile of Modur Pulao with authentic garnishing of Kashmiri dry fruits
Photo by Dreamtime

This Kashmiri sweet rice dish is a delicacy that will bring your taste buds to life. Milk, saffron, ghee, and cinnamon are used to make this dish. The rice-based dish is adorned with dry fruits like almonds, cashews, and raisins. The most distinct garnish among them is the Golden saffron which gives it beautiful colour and taste. This Kashmiri food is one of the must-try Kashmiri dishes for all rice lovers.


4. Kashmiri Baingan


Eggplants bathed in gravy filled with spices of Kashmir
Photo by Archana's Kitchen

Kashmir is full of fascinating vegetarian dishes that will tempt even the most steadfast meat lovers into loving them. The eggplant is diced and cooked in a yoghurt gravy, making you want more of the dish. The spices that embrace the chopped pieces of eggplant contribute to the taste to a great extent.


5. Rajma Chawal


An delicious platter of rajma with chawal
Photo by eat more art

Another famous vegetarian cuisine that is a favourite among foodies, Kashmiri Rajma Chawal, is one of the most popular breakfast menus, usually paired with pureed tomatoes and onion. High in proteins, Rajma Chawal is a must-try vegan food for those seeking a nutritious meal without having to slaughter.


6. Kulcha


Freshly baked Kulcha garnished with coriander
Photo by Mareena's Collections

A breakfast staple, Kulcha is a traditionally baked bread. This Kashmiri cuisine is made from a mix of wheat flour and refined flour; it is baked in a traditional kiln. Don't miss out on the authentic taste of this dish, as it is one of the most popular Kashmiri veg dishes.


7. Khambir


An appetizing stack of Khambir topped with goodness of butter.
Photo by Stanzin Phuntsog

Khambir, is a pan-shaped local bread served primarily with butter tea. It is a brown bread with a thick crust eaten for breakfast. Khambir is a must-try dish for travellers seeking to try something unique. You will be hard-pressed to find any bread as peculiar as Khambir, which has a wide, circular shape and a chewy texture. It partly derives its unique flavour from the local hardy wheat varieties.


8. Nadir Monji


Freshly fried Lotus root, a Kashmiri delicacy
Photo by Reena Moza

Kashmiris have got down the perfect lotus stem recipe with Nadir Monji. Nadir Monji is a flavorful Kashmiri Food ideal for those who enjoy fried and spicy foods. Nadir Monji, made from Lotus stem, is a popular snack among Kashmir residents. Served with mint dip, Nadir Monji will surely enlighten your taste buds.


9. Paneer Chaman


Mouth-watering display of Paneer Chaman cooked to perfection.
Photo by Cookpad


This traditional Kashmiri dish is every paneer lover's dream come true. A top favourite among Kashmiri vegetarians, Paneer Chaman s Kashmiri cottage cheese is cooked in a rich, creamy gravy. A traditional delicacy even non-vegetarians won't be able to stop themselves from relishing. Undoubtedly, it is the most sought-after vegetarian Kashmiri food.


10. Yakhni


Yakhni, a Kashmiri favorite, served with mutton and gravy.
Photo by City Spidey

If you're visiting Kashmir, don't miss out on Yakhni. This typical Food from Kashmir culinary culture will tantalize your taste buds. Yakhni is mutton cooked in a yoghurt based gravy, and the lamb is prepared in a gravy made with yoghurt, mawal flowers, onion paste, and dry mint leaves. The scent of black and green cardamoms, as well as fennel, will instantly make you hungry.


11. Kashmiri Muji Gaad


Fished and raddish goodness, the Kashmiri Muji Gaad on a platter.
Photo by iStock

If you missed some seafood, here you are with some Muji Gaad. This famous food in Kashmir is served during special occasions and festivals during the month of December. The dish consists of fish that has been cooked with radish or nadur. It has a distinct flavour due to the combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian ingredients and the addition of spicy spices and herbs.


The beauty of Kashmiri cuisine is as stunning as the lofty mountains and roaring rivers that dominate the land. Kashmiri Cuisine is diverse and colourful. The delectable flavour will satisfy your taste buds, but you will be left hungry and greedy for more. Now you know what you are missing, not just the snowy mountains and the stunning valleys of the mesmerizing north but also the irresistible delicacies of Kashmiri Food.

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