The Queen of Indian Cuisine: Kashmiri Cuisine

Indian Cuisine: Kashmiri Cuisine

India is a country with as many cuisines as there are the number of communities. To simplify things, the food in India has been divided into 2 categories i.e. North Indian & South Indian. There are various categories of cuisines in India. This is first of the articles based on Indian Cuisine that we are going to present to you in our blog. In this article, we will talk about Kashmiri Cuisine.

Kashmiri Cuisine has its roots in ancient Kashmiri. Meat was a traditional food as mentioned in the Rigveda. Nilamat Purana, an ancient epic of Kashmir tells about the traditions of meat eating in Kashmir. This habit of meat eating persists still today.

It is also popular in many parts of Pakistan. The most popular cuisine today is mutton which has over 30 variations. In the early days, Kashmiri cuisine was very much influenced by Kashmiri Pandits. The Pandits in other parts of the country don’t eat meat normally. The Pandits of Kashmir have eaten meat (except beef) throughout the history. Most of Kashmiri Muslims are converts from the Pandit community of Kashmir. So, they also don’t consume Beef. Some important Kashmiri dishes are:-

  • Qabargaah
  • Dum Olav
  • Gogji Raazma
  • Goshtaba
  • Lyodur Tschaman
  • Matschgand
  • Modur Pulaav
  • Monji Haak/Gogji Haak
  • Mujh Gaad
  • Nadir Yakhin
  • Shaem
  • Qeleeya
  • Rogan Josh
  • Syun Pulaav
  • Tsarvan
  • Tschok Wangan
  • Yakhni

Tea forms a very important Kashmiri Pandit cuisine. The two types of tea found mostly are Kahwa(sweet green tea) and Sheer Chai(Noon Chai). These teas are normally taken with baked breads like Katlam, Kulcha, Roth or Bakarkhani.

Wazwan

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Wazwan is a meal that can have multiple courses. It is treated with great respect in Kashmiri Muslim tradition. The preparation of this dish is an art. All the preparation during the feast is meat based i.e. lamb, fish & chicken). In tradition, the number of courses is thirty-six for wazwan although there can be fewer number of courses.

Wazwan is regarded as the core element of their Kashmiri Muslim’s identity.

Dosa: A Staple Food of South India

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Photo Courtesy: ndtv

Listed on the World’s 50 most Delicious Foods, Dosa is a fermented crepe. It is made of rice batter & black lentils. Dosa originated in South India and is a major food in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala & Andhra Pradesh. Although, it is a popular dish in other states of India too. It has also made its presence in other countries like Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Singapore & Malaysia.

 

History of Dosa

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Photo Courtesy: gosvalayurmed

Dosa represents South Indian food. Its exact place of origin is a matter of discussion. But, according to K.T. Achaya, a food historian, dosa has its origins in ancient Tamil country in 1st century AD. According to the researcher P. Thankappan Nair, dosa has its source in the Udipi town of Karnataka. It may also be due to the dish’s connection with Udupi restaurants that dosa’s origins are linked to Udipi.

The original dosa of Tamil was thicker and softer. The dosa which is popular nowadays is crispier and thinner and it was first made in Karnataka.

 

Variations of Dosa

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There are many variations of Dosa. Some of them are listed below:-

Masala Dosa(click on the link to know more)
• Mini soya dosa
• Pesarattu
• Light white dosa
• Mysore Masala Dosa
• Onion Rava Dosa
• Ragi Wheat Dosa
Rava Dosa(click on the link to know more)
Benne Dosa(click on the link to know more)
Neer Dosa(click on the link to know more)

 

Nutritional Value

Dosa is a perfect breakfast dish and a street food. It is high in carbohydrates and has no saturated fats or sugar. As its ingredients include urad dal (Vigna mungo) and rice, it is also rich in protein. Due to the fermentation process involved in its preparation, it has increased content of Vitamin C and Vitamin B. Dosa should be avoided by diabetics as they have high glycemic index. They contain low calorie but high fat.

 

How to Serve?

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Photo Courtesy: crosscountrexchange

To make it a complete meal, dosa is often stuffed with vegetables and sauces. Normally, there is a vegetarian side dish that is served with dosa. Common side dishes include:-

• Sambar
• Chutney(Most commonly: Coconut chutney)
• Dry Chutney
• Pickles

 

How to Prepare?

For a quick and easy recipe of some popular dosas click on one of the following links:-

Simple Dosa
Masala Dosa
Rava Dosa
Onion Rava Dosa
Neer Dosa
Pesarattu
Mini Soya Dosa
Mysore Masala Dosa

 

Dal-Bati-Churma: A Rajasthani Delight

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Photo Courtesy: feminiya

Dal Bati Churma is a very popular Rajasthani dish that is a treat for your taste-buds. It’s a staple food in several parts of India including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It is served in a traditional way by first squashing the Bati and then pouring the Ghee on it. Yellow colored daal (lentil) is also served with it. It is served in all the celebrations and festivals of Rajasthan including weddings, religious occasions or birthday parties.

Three different food items-Daal (lentils), Baati & Churma(Sweet) combine to give you “Daal-Baati-Churma”. Daal is typically made of lentils and is spicy. Baati is made of flour. The sweet Churma is a combination of wheat flour, dry fruits & sugar. Ghee is added in all the three items.

In villages, Baatis are baked on firewood or kandas(i.e. cow dung cakes). But when you are preparing in your kitchen you can use Tandoor or electric oven. Baatis are served dipped in Ghee. The daal is also prepared in Ghee, the masalas used in daal are fried in Ghee and before serving, more Ghee is added to the daal. Churma is sometimes made by crushing the Baatis and mixing it with sugar.

All in all, it is a treat for you and your guests, suitable for any occasion.

To know more about Dal Bati Churma visit>>Daal Baati Churma

Try the simple recipe at>>http://www.tastyfix.com/recipe/dal-baati-churma-trla

Tandoori Chicken: A dish loved by all.

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Whether you are new to Indian food or have already dived into its variety of experiences, this one is a dish for everyone. Even if you don’t know anything about Indian food or are not sure about it, this one will surely make you fall in love with it.
Today we will talk about one of the most favorite dish of Indian cuisine, “Tandoori Chicken”. It is one of the jewels of Indian food. Tandoori Chicken is a staple food in almost all the regions of India and is loved by all. The name of the dish contains “Tandoori” which signifies its preparation in a “Tandoor”, a kind of Oven. Tandoors are made from clay and are large drum like ovens. When they are heated with wood or charcoal, they can reach very high temperature of 800-1000 degree Fahrenheit. Due to high temperature, the surface of the meat gets cooked very fast and all the juices are sealed inside.
It needs to be marinated with yogurt and spices which gives it its unique flavor. The spices used can be found easily but you can use Garam Masala which is an aromatic spice mix. It is found in most of the grocery shops.
If you want to know more about Chicken Tandoori visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandoori_chicken
For a simple and tasty recipe visit: http://www.tastyfix.com/video/tandoori-chicken-3

Shahi Paneer: The taste of North India

Shahi Paneer

I have always been a lover of Indian food. The food has its own aroma and taste. One of my favorite North-Indian dish is Shahi paneer. It is popular in Northern India due to its unique taste. “Shahi” means “Royal” & “Paneer” means “Cottage Cheese.”

Shahi paneer is prepared with fresh cheese paneer, creams, onions & a variety of spices. To give it a spicy feel, green chillies, brown cardamoms and garam masala can be added. It can be eaten with roti, naan or even puris.

It is a perfect dish for parties, dinners and other special occasions.

If you want to try the recipe at home, following ingredients will be needed:-

  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 4 tomatoes, pureed
  • ½ pound paneer, cubed
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

For cooking instructions visit: http://www.tastyfix.com/recipe/shahi-paneer-allr

For other Shahi Paneer recipes visit: http://www.tastyfix.com/recipes/shahi-paneer/1/