Kashmiri cuisine has
evolved over hundreds of years and is highly influenced by the food of the
Kashmiri Buddhists and Pandits, the Hindu community of the valley. Apart from
this, it is also strongly influenced by the cuisines of Central Asia, Persia
and the North India Plains.
Mutton, being the most
notable ingredient in Kashmiri cuisine has more than 30 variety of dishes.
cuisine is elaborate and gives out the ethnic identity of the Pandits. The food
is usually prepared in lots of yoghurt, oil and spices. Mostly Chicken, Mutton,
Onions, garlic and tomatoes are avoided in the preparation of the dish.
Vegetarian dishes from the cuisine of Kashmiri Pandits include :
(Indian cheese in turmeric), Veth tsaman (Indian cheese cooked in oil and
kashmiri spices), Dama Oluv (potatoes), Nadeir
yakhean (lotus stem), Choek vangan, Nadier Palak and the Razmah goagji
non-vegetarian dishes are similar to the Muslim dishes but vary in taste as its
influenced by the Pakistani Muslim food. They include dishes like Rogan Josh, Chamani Qaliyan,
Matshgand, Kabargah,Gushtaba, Aab Gosht, Shab Deg
Kashmiri Yakhni and Gaad (fish cooked with nadur or monju or mooli)
delicacies are a treat with use of dry fruits, especially in the preparation of
curries. Kashmiris use lots of ghee to cook the dish but nowadays families have
started using mustard oil as an alternative to avoid the intake of high fat.
Kashmiri rice is very aromatic and light. Popularly known is the Kashmiri pulao well
like by one and all. The cuisine is truly unique and traditional.
smacking desserts from the Kashmiri cuisine are the Phirni, Shufta, Panjeeri, Shakar Pareh,
Kasaar, Sevaiyyan and many more.
boil the potatoes and peel them properly. Now prick the peeled potatoes all over with a fork
heat oil add cumin ,garam masala whole ,chopped garlic mix all spice pdrs with little water and add to the mixture
. Mix curd, Simmer
add potatoes for about 20-25 minutes and your Kashmiri dum aloo dish is ready to be served.
i added little pdr of fried cashew nuts for my own variotion , since one has to develop taste for this recipe you may want to add tomatoes