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Cuisine in Kashmir

The cuisine of Jammu and Kashmir combines influences from Indian Hindus and Muslims and Persian and Afghan invaders. It is believed that chefs from Samarkand were brought to Kashmir during the Timur invasion. They settled down and influenced Kashmiri cuisine to a great extent. This culinary skill is popular even today. Travelers from all over the world love the rich flavors and delicious aroma of these culinary delights.

Various tribes and sections of society have added their flavor to Kashmiri food. The style of preparation of Kashmiri Brahmins or Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims are radically different. Brahmins use generous quantities of curd, asafoetida, and ginger in their food, excluding eggs, onions, and garlic. Muslims use onions, garlic, and egg liberally in their food preparations. Saffron and Kashmiri chilies are common spices in the cuisine of Jammu and Kashmir. If you are wondering, “what is the famous food of Kashmir?”, we have curated a list of Kashmiri dishes you can try on your trip to Kashmir.

Popular Cuisine in Kashmir

Meat - Mutton (especially), fish, and chicken are essential ingredients in Kashmiri food. Meat is prepared in many ways and is usually mixed with vegetables and spices such as cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, cloves, etc. The Brahmins and Muslims in Kashmir prepare similar meat dishes, giving them a unique twist. Some of the famous Kashmiri meat preparations are:

  • Kashmiri Kebab
  • Rogan Josh
  • Rista
  • Jigar/Kaleyji
  • Methi Keema
  • Yakhni
  • Syun Alu
  • Kabargah
  • Marzwagan
  • Pasanda

Potato, cottage cheese, and various vegetables are used to make exciting combinations of vegetarian Kashmiri food preparations. Both fresh and dried vegetables are used for cooking. These are some delicious vegetarian dishes from Jammu and Kashmir:

  • Hak
  • Rajmah
  • Ladyar Tsaman
  • Nadeir Yakhaen

Rice is a staple diet in Kashmir. It is grown on the lake shores and river banks. Popular rice preparations in Kashmir are:

  • Shree Pulao
  • Mutton Pulao
  • Tursh
  • Zarda

Kulcha is a renowned bread made of wheat and eaten in Kashmir.

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FAQs about Cuisine in Kashmir

Q: Which cuisine is best in Kashmir?

Ans. Kashmiri Pandits prepare Kashmiri cuisine with curd, ginger, and asafoetida, while Kashmiri Muslims use onions, eggs, and garlic. Rogan Josh, Modur Pulao, Yakni, Dum Olav, and Aab Gosht are some famous dishes of Kashmiri cuisine.


Q: What is the food of Jammu and Kashmir?

Ans. Here is a list of famous foods of Jammu and Kashmir -

  • Rogan Josh
  • Modur Pulao
  • Matschgand
  • Yakhni or Yoghurt Lamb Curry
  • Dum Aloo
  • Kashmiri Muji Gaad
  • Aab Gosht
  • Goshtaba
Q: What is the street food of Kashmir?

Ans. Some famous street foods of Kashmir to savor are -

  • Dum Aloo
  • Masala Tchot
  • Nadir Monji
  • Lala Shangram
  • Halwa-Paratha
  • Monji Gaade
  • Kachalu Chaat
  • Kalari Kulcha
Q: What spices are in Kashmiri cuisine?

Ans. Kashmiris use ground anise seed in almost all stews. Dried ginger powder, tamarind, turmeric powder, and Kashmiri chilies are used widely in Kashmiri cuisine.