1. Matschgand :
The Wazwan is Kashmirs most formal meal: a ritual serving before the guest of all the food there is in the house. This taste of hospitality must in turn be fully appreciated by the guest, for the wazwan is not a simple meal but a ceremony. Hours of cooking and days of planning go into the making and serving of a wazwan. Normally restricted to occasions of celebration at homes, the wazwan experience includes table settings for groups of four on the floor where choice dish after dish is served, each aromatic with herbs and the fresh produce of the region.
If that be so, you might well wonder how come there has been no Kashmiri greens recipe on this blog yet. The fact is that the most common way with our most popular green, the haak, is also the least spectacular. In a matter of speaking, you may say they are just blanched greens. My nonKashmiri side of the family didn
3. Modur Pulao :
Modur means sweet. Modur pulao is nothing but sweet pulao which is rice prepared with
cinnamon, a little saffron, milk, ghee, sugar, cashew nuts, almonds, green cardamom and cloves to name a few. Sweet Pulao is said to be usually served as a dessert but there is no such tradition in most of the Kashmiri families that I have seen around me, including my own. Definitely not one of my favourites.
4. Goshtaba :
Goshtaba is considered to be
5. Rogan Josh :
This is a lamb based dish, cooked in a gravy seasoned with liberal amounts of Kashmiri chillies (in the form a dry powder), ginger (also powdered), asafoetida (the Pandits use it in place of garlic) and bay leaves, among other things. Due to the absence of onions, yoghurt is used as a thickener, and also to reduce the heat and marry the spices in the gravy. This much loved dish is the most commonly cooked dish using lamb meat in Kashmiri Hindu cuisine.
6. Chouck Waangan :
Chouck waangan means sour brinjals. It is a dish in which brinjals are cut lengthwise, fried and then mixed with tamarind water and other spices. It is an extremely chapatti dish which is bound to let out a click sound from your mouth.