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Kashmiri Food: The descendants of Kashmiri cooks, the wazas, are now regarded as the master chefs of Kashmiri cuisine.

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Kashmiri food top 10 dishes

Kashmiri Food: The descendants of Kashmiri cooks, the wazas, are now regarded as the master chefs of Kashmiri cuisine, which is rich and redolent with the distinct flavors of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and saffron. A formal banquet in Kashmir is called the royal Wazwan which takes hours of preparation and consists of an elaborate multi-course meal.

Mouthwatering delicacies of Kashmiri food will leave your stomach full but your tongue still craving for more.

Here is a list of some of the most popular Kashmiri food dishes which everyone must try at least once in their lifetime

Rogan Josh


Rogan Josh, an aromatic lamb dish is one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine. Robust with flavours of browned onions, various spices and yoghurt, it is a very healthy low-fat dish.



Small lamb dumplings in an onion, chilli and saffron gravy
This traditional recipe consists of lamb meatballs made with minced meat and poached in turmeric water to cook in a stock.



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.

Kashmiri haakh


A traditional Kashmiri collard green preparation
Made with Kashmiri collard green that is grown in lake water and known for its bitter sharp taste, haakh is collard green cooked with fennel.

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Tabak Maaz


Lamb ribs with turmeric, cinnamon and saffron
The front ribs of a fatty goat poached in moval essence, spices and fennel and then seared in ghee makes tabak maas, the Kashmiri lamb chops worth a try.

Tomul chhot (Rice flour rotis)


While in the old days, tomul chhot was made as a staple food item eaten during lunch or dinner, today, most Kashmiris eat it as a mid-evening snack, preferably with a drink that is very dear to them – sheer chai.

Kahwah (Kashmiri green tea)


A delight to the senses, Kahwa is made using special tea leaves, topped with almonds, cinnamon, and saffron strands. It is a source of a large amount of antioxidants, because of which it is known as green tea despite its colour.

Kashmiri Rajma

Rajma or kidney beans is a hugely popular dish to prepare in North Indian homes and paired with cooked rice. This rajma recipe is full of flavour and chilllies that make this a perfect lunch or dinner meal.

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