Kashmir has often been called a paradise on earth because of its natural beauty. But aside from arguably being the most beautiful place on earth, it is also a foodie’s paradise. Here are 5 foods that are unique to Kashmir and must be tried in order to get a real taste of the valley:
A Wazwan is an elaborate multi-course meal consisting of 36 traditional, meat-heavy delicacies that are cooked by special chefs called Wazas. It’s not just a meal but is a delectable experience that exudes Kashmiri heritage and hospitality. It’s served in a very traditional way where you are seated in groups of four and eat together in a large copper plate called Trambi.
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The Kashmir valley is known for its bakery tradition. Local bakery shops called Kaandras are elaborately laid out selling various kinds of delicious breads. In Kashmir, there is a different type of bread for every season, every occasion, and every time of the day. Some examples are Girda for breakfast, Czochworu for evening tea, Lavasa served with Kebabs, and Sheermal for special, happy occasions.
Another traditional tea from Kashmir, Noon Chai is a big part of the Kashmiri culture where people drink it at least 2-3 times a day. It is a salted pink tea and is served with traditional breads and dried fruit. It has a very distinct salty and creamy taste, which many people don’t like, but it is a staple tea in Kashmir and a must-try for anyone visiting Kashmir.
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Kahwa is a traditional Kashmiri green tea flavored with cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, and other spices. It’s served with a variety of traditional local breads. Whether you like tea or not, this is a must-try for everyone visiting Kashmir. You can enjoy a cup of this famed tea while taking a Shikara ride over the Dal Lake accompanied by mesmerizing views of the Kashmir valley.
A popular local delicacy, which consists of small pieces of mutton cooked over a wooden charcoal grill and served with Kashmiri bread called Lavasa and several different kinds of chutneys. This is considered street food in Srinagar and can be found at Khayam Chowk, a narrow street and popular culinary destination, lined with shops and shops selling barbeques and kebabs.