11 Amazing Must Taste Types of Biryani

11 Amazing Must Taste Types of Biryani

Biryani is love. That’s what everyone who tastes a Biryani has to say. But do you know something interesting? This Mughlai delicacy is not uniform and there are numerous types of biryanis that taste completely different.

If you’re travelling to India, or are looking to order a biryani from an Indo/Pak restaurant near you, then you are at the right place. And yes, if you are an avid biryani muncher, you might not probably have given thought to the various types you biryanis you have been eating. Probably that’s why you find the tastes very different.

In this post, we will be delving deep into the different types of biryani, their ingredients and the peculiarities of each type of biryani. So, the next time you order a biryani, you would know exactly what you want. 

What is Biryani?

Biryani is a dish made up of rice, dried fruits, spices, beef, lamb or chicken and some other tasting ingredients. A perfect blend of spices and ingredients to use might be somewhat a form of rocket science but biryani chefs have got it covered somehow. Biryani is an extremely popular dish in South Asia and is a must taste delicacy for a visitor to this region.

Let’s unveil the 11 most popular types of biryanis that will satisfy the foodie in you.

The Grand Mughlai Biyani – The Most Widely Consumed Type of Biryani

It was the type of biryani which was traditionally cooked in the kitchens of the Nawabs. Or say the rulers of various territories in the Mughal era. Mughlai biryani was more popular from 1426 to 1857 CE and due to a mass scale spread of poverty after the Revolt of 1857, which poets like Mirza Ghalib have spoken about, this type of biryani became a less common form. That was primarily due to the decrease in the buying power of people and the high cost of ingredients used in the preparation of Mughlai biryani.

 

Mughlai biryani uses a ton of dry fruits especially cashew nuts and almonds. A very important ingredient of this type of biryani is the famous spice, saffron. You can’t just prepare Mughlai biryani without saffron. Mughlai biryani was traditionally made from chicken, but some alterations of this delicacy have also used mutton as the primary ingredient.

High-quality yoghurt and premium quality of basmati rice is the core preparatory ingredient.

 

 Where can you find this type of biryani?

Typically, its found everywhere in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Any restaurant that serves Mughlai food, has a Mughlai biryani on its menu.

Mughlai Biryani

Mughlai Biryani

 

 

  • HYDERABADI BIRYANI:-Originating in the kitchen of nizam,Hyderabadi Biryani contains Goat meat
    or chicken,spices,lemon,saffron and fried onions which are used as garnish.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:- Hyderabad.

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy:-Wikipedia.

 

 

 

  •  TAHIRI:-Cooked for the Hindu book-keepers of the Muslim Nawab rulers of South
    Asia,it  gained popularity during second
    world war due to increase in meat prices and ingredients include
    potatoes,carrots,spices and various vegetables.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:-Hyderabad.

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy:-Wikipedia.

 

 

 

  • MALABAR BIRYANI:-From the streets of Kerela we get Malabar Biryani.A unique dish since it
    can be both sweet or salty depending upon your taste and consists of
    chicken,vegetables,mild spices and can be garished with nuts and raisins.

 

 

 

Places where you can find it:-Kerela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy:-Wikipedia.

 

 

 

  • LUCKNOWI BIRYANI:-Originating from Lucknow,this biryani has a unique cooking style known as
    “DUM PUKHT”.The meat or chicken is cooked separately from rice.Other
    ingredients include saffron,yellow chilly powder and rose water.It is also
    known as “AWADHI BIRYANI”.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:-Lucknow.

 

 

 

 

 

  • MEMONI BIRYANI:-If you love spicy food,then this biryani is for you.It is extremely spicy
    and comes from Gujarat.Ingredients include meat,yogurt,potatoes and various
    spices.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:-Gujarat.

 

 

 

 

 

  • BHATKALI BIRYANI:-From the coastal regions of Karnataka,we get the delicious Bhatkali
    Biryani.Spicy  and juicy chicken with
    fried onions makes this biryani a must try.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:-Karnataka.

 

 

 

 

 

  • DINDIGUL BIRYANI:-From the Dindigul Thalapakatti region of Tamil Nadu,we receive the mouth
    watering and tangy Dindigul Biryani.What makes this Biryani a must try is its
    tangy taste,which it gets due to the mix of lemons and curd.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:-Tamil Nadu.

 

 

 

 

 

  • BOMBAY BIRAYNI:-What  makes Bombay Biryani so
    special is the addition of Kewra Water(Screw Pine) which changes the taste of
    the dish as a whole.Composed of chicken,dried plums and spiced potatoes make
    this dish tangy and sweet.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:-Mumbai.

 

 

 

 

 

  •  KALYANI
    BIRYANI:-Also
    known as “POOR MAN’S HYDERABADI        BIRYANI”,this
    dish contains beef(buffalo meat) and not goat meat or    chicken.It costs a lot less than Hyderabadi
    Biryani because it doesn’t have all the ingredients of Hyderabadi Biryani but
    this doesn’t affect its aroma or taste.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:-Hyderabad.

 

 

 

 

 

  •  KOZHI
    BIRYANI:-Garnished
    with  coriander leaves and fried cashew
    nuts,this dish contains chicken,spices,and lemon.This dish is also known as
    “CLAYPOT CHICKEN BIRYANI” because it is served in a claypot.

 

 

 

Places where you can find
it:-Kerela,Tamil Nadu.

11 Unknown Health Benefits of Kalonji

11 Unknown Health Benefits of Kalonji

Kalonji, or Nigella seeds, are one of the most beneficial seeds that mother nature has given us. They just don’t add value to the food, but they have tremendous benefits for the human body.

Whether you consume it in solid form like seeds, or the in a liquid form as an oil. Kalonji has many good effects on the body. But the irony is that many people do not know the health benefits of Kalonji. By the way, kalonji is also called black cumin in some cultures.

 

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What is Kalonji? 

Kalonji or black cumin is a spice that is not just meant for adding flavor to your dishes, but is one that can have a heavy positive effect on your health. Particularly Muslims are very fond of this spice. It is because, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has highly praised Kalonji. 

 

Kalonji

Kalonji or Black Cumin Seeds

 

The Prophet exactly said that, there is healing for every disease except for death. That’s the obvious reason that kalonji or black cumin seeds have seen great popularity in the Muslim medications. You will find a mention to it in details in the book, ‘The Prophetic Medicine’ by a medieval scholar Ibn al-Qayyim.

Digressing, Muslims love some foods and believe them to have serious health benefits. Honey, olive, fig, milk, talbina etc. Similarly, Hindu traditions show special affinity to shilajit. 

Anyways, coming back to the topic of discussion, here are the following 11 unknown health benefits of Kaloji.  I have called them unknown because most people are ignorant of this spice and thus are unaware of its benefits.

Let’s get started!  

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Benefit #1 – Controlling Blood Pressure

Kalonji has been proven to be very useful in controlling blood pressure/hypertension, drinking half a teaspoon of kalonji oil mixed with warm water followed by an effective diet regime has proven to keep blood pressure under control.

 

 

Benefit #2 – Weight Loss

Kalonji helps in speeding up your body metabolism and promotes a faster weight loss. When added to your everyday routine with daily exercises and a healthy diet kalonji helps lose weight in rapidly and constantly. Half a teaspoon of kalonji oil with two teaspoons of honey and in lukewarm water is an effective weight loss recipe

So, if you are serious about weight loss, this is nigella seeds are your go to super food. Nigella seeds is the English name of Kalonji Seeds. 

Benefit #3 – Preventing Hair Loss

Hair loss is a problem which earlier effected people, mostly men. But now it has spread to an epidemic degree. Hair loss has spread its roots effecting both men and women of all ages. There are many remedies available for battling hair loss and one of the most effective solutions is the oil of black cumin seeds known for preventing hair loss and stimulating hair growth.

So from the benefits of Kalonji oil is that it provides hair with moistness that it needs. This helps in the nourishment of hair tissues and reinforces strength to the roots of your hair. In this case, the benefits of kalonji oil supersede those of kalonji seeds. 

Benefit #4 – Boosts Memory

Kalonji is known to treat weak memory. Boosting of memory is from the benefits of kalonji that are rarely known. Kalonji has properties that can boost memory power, concentration, and alertness. Mixing kalonji seeds with mint leaves or honey in water and also adding half a teaspoon of kalonji oil to it works like a charm. This mixture helps in regaining memory and makes it sharper. From other benefits of kalonji are that it increases concentration and prevents forgetfulness. It is effective on all age groups, but is of particular benefit to people of an old age.

Benefits of Kalonji

Benefits of Kalonji

Benefit # 5 – Battles Asthma

Another disease that has crept its way into the lives of people of all ages is Asthma. Asthma is growing  with the increasing levels of pollution. It has started reaching dangerous levels in the last 5 years. Asthma has started targeting large populations and severely affecting both young and old people. There are many home-made therapies that battle asthma and kalonji is one of the most powerful remedies. Drinking a mixture of Kalonji oil and honey in some warm water brings instant and prolonged relief from asthma.

Benefit #6 – Antioxidant Nature

Kalonji seeds and kalonji oils act as antioxidant that prevents oxidative damage to cells and protects the human body against several types of chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It consists of composites like thymoquinone, carvacrol, t-anethole and 4-terpineol which have powerful antioxidant properties.

Benefit #7 – Improves Liver Health

Liver ailments can be treated properly with proper medical care and under professional guidance and kalonji can be used as a supplement to fasten the recovery. Kalonji oil when used with the approval of a doctor reduce the toxicity of the chemicals in your body. Kalonji oil has a strong tendency to protect the body against liver and kidney damage.

The antioxidants present in kalonji reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. That’s the reason why both kalonji seeds and kalonji oil can be used every day as a supplement to fight liver damage.

Benefit #8 – Lowers Cholesterol

High amounts of cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease, as is known widely. But what is not known is that, a natural remedy can help you against cholesterol.  Kalonji has been proven to be effective in lowering cholesterol. Kalonji decreases the bad LDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides.

Although in this case, kalonji oil is much more effective than kalonji seeds but seeds can also increase the levels of good HDL cholesterol much more effectively. Some experiments suggest that taking 2 grams of kalonji daily for 12 weeks reduces both total LDL cholesterol and also increases the good and total HDL cholesterol.

Benefit #9 – Fights Cancer

Like already mentioned, kalonji has antioxidant properties. That help in fighting many chronic ailments. The most dangerous among them is cancer. Studies have revealed that kalonji has some characteristics which can potentially be used as an anti-cancer weapon.

This is because kalonji consists a compound called thymoquinone which is said to fight and kill harmful cells causing blood cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer prostate cancer, cervical cancer, and skin cancer.

Benefit #10 – Normalizes Blood Sugar

Kalonji helps in keeping the blood sugar normalized. It also prevents dangerous adverse side effects of diabetes like increased thirst, unintentional weight loss, fatigue, nerve damage, vision changes and slow wound healing by improving levels of fasting, average blood sugar and insulin resistance.

Benefit #11 – Eases Joint Pain

Lastly, since ancient times kalonji seeds have been used for treating multiple ailments. The oldest use of these seeds has been to ease the pain in the joints. When kalonji seeds are mixed with essential oils like mustard oil etc, and applied all over the joints, the mixture is effective in reducing pain, inflammation, and stiffness. This helps in making the joints stronger.

Concluding Note  

Kalonji is used as a natural supplement to boost the body’s immune system and help fight diseases. That’s what kalonji should be used for. Its benefits go hand in hand with the actual medical procedures and should not be mistaken as a replacement for a medicine. When taken alongside a medicine or other medical treatments it also enhances the benefits of the treatment and provides quicker recovery.

Author: Rohwa Kitab 

The Shilajit Story – Its Composition, Uses & Benefits

The Shilajit Story – Its Composition, Uses & Benefits

Shilajit has been used as medicine both by Ayurvedic and Unani (Greek) treatment methods. Generally, both these treatment practices have suggested that shilajit has multiple uses and can cure various ailments. And the use of shilajit as medicine has historically been giving satisfactory results. 

Shilajit is believed to be a natural energy booster and its consumption been seen as completely harmless.

In the present scenario,  the amount of diseases we witness is worrisome. Undoubtedly, we have a huge well-developed health care sector but relying upon Allopathy is not always the right option.

 

Shilajit

Shilajit

 

Often times research and experience have found allopathic medicines to be ineffective and hazardous. This is because of the composition of these medicines. These medicines are composed of synthetic chemicals which are tested under specific temperature and environmental conditions. This leaves loopholes which may at times cause negative effects.  

In such a situation, many people resort to more natural medications. Remedies like Shilajit that almost have no side effects can prove to be more effective and may even help in eliminating the root cause of diseases.

 

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How is Shilajit Formed?

 

Basically, shilajit is a tar-like substance obtained from the Himalayan mountains. It is formed as a result of decomposition of plants.

Hold on, the decay is not an ordinary one, rather it is a decay has been going on for centuries.

For over centuries, due to slow decomposition of plants, the product derived is rich in Fulvic acid. Fulvic acid and Humic acid both are present in Shilajit. These substances are the components of Humus as well. Humus has a tendency to retain nutrients, water, oxygen for plant growth and probably this is the reason why the substance derived from it is considered to be one which rejuvenates one’s health.

 

Why do People Use Shilajit?

 

People, especially in the Indian Subcontinent, have an affinity to natural remedies. They believe if these remedies were good for their forefathers, they must be good for the current day as well. And often this analogy is quite true as well. 

 

Read: Kashmiri Wazwan: A Non Vegetarian Delight

 

Shilajit is not another common Ayurvedic remedy. It is a trusted medication. It’s usage since ages is vibrant proof of its effectiveness. The difference lies only in the form of consumption which gradually changed with time.

 

The Benefits of Shilajit 

 

Shilajit plays a vital role in either suppressing or eradicating different ailment from their roots. Since ages, it has played an important role in:

  • Giving an Energy Boost
  • Strengthening the Memory
  • Absorption of Nutrients from Food
  • Increasing Potency
  • Maintaining Blood Sugar Levels
  • Body Detoxification

I found a great infographic listing other important benefits of shilajit. 

 

Shilajit Benefits - Kashmirica

Shilajit Benefits

 

Shilajit Uses – A Thorough Account

 

There are a number of ailments related to different organ systems, hormones, ageing etc, against which the shilajit has shown remedial effects. Some commonly known diseases which shilajit can cure or at the least restrict are :

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. This disease affects cognitive functioning like memory, decision making and memory. The power of thinking and recognizing is also affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Although it starts at a slow pace, gradually there is a strong detrimental effect on the human body. So far there is no ascertained reason, but it is believed to be caused by the accumulation of some proteins inside and between the neurons which form plaques and tangles.

Fulvic acid which is an important component of Shilajit helps to prevent the proteins from getting accumulated.

 

 

  • Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is basically related to change in air pressure and level of oxygen as we move to higher altitudes. When people are not used to such conditions and they encounter such a phenomenon, they find it difficult to breathe. Shilajit can be used in this case.

Apart from this, use Shilajit when you encounter;

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Loss of energy

Besides altitude, this sickness may sometimes cause fatal diseases of the brain and the lungs. Shilajit which is rich in minerals and fulvic and humic acid helps in enhancing one’s immune system. Since shilajit is an energy booster as well, it lets the fatigue go off.

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS) 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a kind of illness wherein a patient feels extreme fatigue even after continuous rest. According to research women are more prone to this type of illness than men. CFS is very difficult to diagnose because no tests are conducted for its diagnosis. The duration of the illness also cannot be ascertained. It may last for 6 months to 1 year, or at time be a life long affliction.

 

Read: 11 Unknown Health Benefits of Kalonji

 

CFS has some symptoms associated such as:

  • Extreme fatigue even after complete rest
  • Muscle ache
  • Unrefreshing sleep even after sleeping for hours
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Unable to concentrate or memorize things.

Many patients have gotten rid of this disease through the conscious use of shilajit. Shilajit is considered as an energy booster because of it’s constitutional properties. It can help to improve the metabolism of the body, reduce fatigue and increase energy levels naturally.

 

  Benefits of Shilajit for Some Known Health Issues

  • Heart Ailment

Heart diseases also known as Cardiovascular diseases is an umbrella term that covers a large number of diseases like Angina, Heart failure, Stroke etc. Some of the heart-related diseases are Congenital or some are induced because of stress. It is a form of a tension which causes high blood pressure and in turn affects the heart. Many of the heart diseases are also related to obesity, lifestyle and daily routines.

Consuming Shilajit helps to keep the heart in good condition. If one has some cardiac ailments, they are likely to be controlled. Shilajit also keeps control of the blood pressure because of its constitutional properties.

  •  Anaemia

When the count of red blood cells (RBC’s) or Haemoglobin in the blood is very less than the required count, it is termed as Anaemia. Haemoglobin is the carrier of oxygen in the bloodstream. If the level of red blood cells in the blood is insufficient, then the required amount of oxygen cannot be circulated within the body.

Anaemia as such is caused by a deficiency of iron in the body. Because of the presence of a high concentration of Fulvic acid and Humic acid, Shilajit helps in maintaining the iron levels in the body. Hence, Shilajit can nip the disease in its bud.

  • Ageing

Ageing is a natural and irreversible process of getting older gradually. As people begin to age, they get to have many problems like weakness, forgetfulness besides health issues. With age, our body organs also begin to age leading to flawed functionality. Ageing enhances the chances of developing many diseases like cardiac ailments, dementia, diabetes, blood pressure, obesity etc.

Fulvic acid present in shilajit acts is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. As such, it may help in the reduction of free radicals and cellular damage in the body which may slow down ageing.

  • Obesity

When an excessive amount of fat gets accumulated within our body, such condition is termed as obesity. The fat accumulation can be because of overeating or consuming foods rich in sugar, carbohydrates, and proteins. Limited or no physical exercise to burn off the fats are also an important cause in case of obesity.

Many other health issues are interrelated to it such as unstable BP, high cholesterol level, high blood sugar, many cardiac issues etc. Obese people usually get tired in less time and therefore show less interest in the workout also. Shilajit consumption boosts up the genes which overall effects the skeletal muscles to get adapted to fitness and gain more strength.

 Shilajit Benefits For Men

Traditionally Shilajit has been believed to have some great health benefits for men. Being rich in minerals, energy radiants and antioxidants, it plays a vital role in the well-being of men.

It helps in maintaining the testosterone level which is a male hormone. Low level of this hormone often leads to hair fall, mood swings, less interest in intercourse, fatigue and insomnia.

 

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This remedy also plays a pivotal role in regaining fertility and potency in men. Infertility refers to the inability to conceive a baby. There can be a number of causes associated but in the case of men, the most common one is low sperm count or sperm motility. 

 

Shilajit Benefits for Men

Shilajit Benefits for Men

 

Other Uses of Shilajit 

 

The combination of a variety of minerals, humic and fulvic acids, amino acids, plant-based antioxidants all formed by the decomposition of plants for ages together distinguishes Shilajit from any other supplement.

Shilajit has a perfect integration of uncontaminated essential nutrients which is harmless to consume, thus making it one among the best natural supplements. Shilajit’s uses include:

  • Healing up wounds, burns and bruises
  • Making our bones stronger
  • Remedial effects on joint dysfunctioning 
  • Maintaining blood circulation
  • Boosting up energy even after a workout
  • Reducing physical weakness
  • Building up one’s immune system
  • Removing heavy metals and other toxins from the body.

           

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Because of the presence of antioxidants in Shilajit, it has humungous health benefits. And the good part is that, since its price is pretty low, you can always test it for a few months to sense its benefits. Being a natural agent, you can stay relaxed about the side effects. There aren’t any.

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Kashmiri Wazwan: A Non Vegetarian Delight

Kashmiri Wazwan: A Non Vegetarian Delight

Kashmiri Wazwan, the 36-course meal wonder that’s responsible for the peeping bellies of Kashmiris, and the answer to the oft-repeated question, ‘Why do Kashmiris love mutton so much?’

Yes, for all these Kashmiri Wazwan is guilty as charged!

Among other attraction of Kashmir such as beauty, the landscape, the kangri, pashmina, paper mache, the kahwa and the pheran, Kashmiri Wazwan is a world-renowned cuisine.

It is one of the most loved and cherished offering of the valley. Kashmiri Wazwan has mesmerized everyone who has ever tasted it. It is prepared and served by a team of professionals called waza in large copper pots, commonly called a deygh. Needless to say that it is prepared with a lot of hard work, skill, precision and lastly immense love.

 

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We Kashmiris are obsessed with our culture, we just love it. And we love our food. Why shouldn’t we? Such tasty food is seldom found in any other culture. 

 

Kashmiri Wazwan

Kashmiri Wazwan

The History of Kashmiri Wazwan

 

Kashmiris are predominantly non-vegetarians. The special banquet meal that all of us cherish is the Kashmiri Wazwan. It is prepared on special occasions like marriage ceremonies and even on professional and business events. 

Predominantly prepared with Mutton, you might find chicken and fish along with a multitude of vegetables and dry fruits as key ingredients. Some accounts suggest that Wazwan came to Kashmir in the 14th Century when a Mongol invaded India. 

Some historians say that this Mongol invader was Taimur. He was instrumental in making some skilled professionals like artisans, carpet weavers, pashmina experts and cooks migrate from Samarkand to Kashmir. This is why the culture of Kashmir resembles that of Kashmir to a great degree.

The main reason for the popularity of Kashmiri Wazwan in the valley was due to the influence of Persian and Central Asian immigrants to Kashmir. Even today a large portion of the population of Kashmir draws its roots back to Central Asia. 

 

Map of Silk Route

Map of Silk Route

   

The Preparation of Kashmiri Wazwan 

 

The word wazwan, although generally used as a name for the traditional Kashmiri 36-course cuisine, is actually a mixture of two separate words. Waz (pronounced as waze’) meaning ‘cook/chef’ and wan meaning ‘shop’. A team of Wazas comprises of a head chef, called the Wouste Waze along with a number of junior chefs.

The main ingredient of Kashmiri Wazwan is freshly-slaughtered lamb meat. Remember, it needs to be freshly slaughtered for the Wazwan to taste right. In many cases, you can’t just cook some dishes of Kashmiri Wazwan without the mutton being fresh.

If the people who are to be served are more in number like at weddings and similar occasion, Wazas start preparing the dishes a day before. Kashmiris cook Wazwan all night and spend their day preparing and eating Wazwan.  

 

Prepration of Kashmiri Wazwan

Preparation of Kashmiri Wazwan

 

All the spices used in preparing the Wazwan are processed at home by the Waza himself. Wazas are very specific about the brands of creme, yoghurt, ghee, butter, oil and rice they would use. They argue that in order to get the perfect taste of wazwan, the ingredients need to be extremely precise.

The mutton obtained is grouped on the basis of its origin. Different parts of the body of the animal taste different and each has to be differently cooked in wazwan. So, the waza groups the mutton and starts some initial preparations.

Some of the mutton is minced on a stone with the help of a wooden hammer while another lot is minced with a sharp knife on a wooden table. Once the mutton is prepared at a basic level, the wazas then go on to process it further. 

 

The Seven Important Dishes of Kashmiri Wazwan  

 

Although Kashmiri Wazwan comprises of 36, there are seven main dishes that stand out. Whenever you would order Kashmiri Wazwan in a restaurant, or even in a 5-star hotel, the serving will be based on these 7 dishes only.

These majestic 7 dishes are:

  • Tabakh Maaz
  • Koshur Kabab
  • Riste
  • Aab Goash
  • Rogan Josh 
  • Naate Yakhin  
  • Goshtabe  

 

Manner of Serving the Kashmiri Wazwan 

Kashmiri Wazwan is cooked to precision. It is not like any other food in the Indian Subcontinent which is deeply fried. Rather, Kashmiri Wazwan is cooked at a low flame for hours together. The general preference is that it is cooked in an open area and not in a kitchen, and personally, I find the taste of the Wazwan cooked in an open area to be very different from that is cooked in a restaurant’s kitchen.

 

 

Below are some short descriptions of the main dishes that are pre-placed on a Kashmiri Wazwan platter:

  • Seekh Kabab – A long tasty kababs roasted to perfection.
  • Tabak Maaz – Crispy ribs of lamb simmered in yoghurt till tender, then deep fried turning the fat hard and crunchy.
  • Meethi – Small servings of finely chopped mutton bits mixed with a spice containing dried methi leaves.
  • Daen – Medium shaped very soft full piece of mutton which is said to have been eaten by the Prophet Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) himself.
  • Chicken – There are two types of chicken dishes on the platter (trami). The much loved spicy red chicken made with the red sauce and the sweet and tender white chicken made in the white sauce.

We enjoy eating our food while sitting down on the floor in groups. You would need to sit in groups of 4 to enjoy this delicacy. Before eating there is a ritual of the washing of hands in a mobile basin called the Tash-t-naer, which is taken around by attendants, this ritual is called Dast-Paak.

Once, the platter full of these delights comes to you, you may get started with eating. Then one by one the waza brings in more dishes that are a cure for the growling tummy and a treat for the tasting buds.

These dishes are:

  • Rista – A juicy meatball prepared in a paprika-saffron-fennel spice gravy coloured with dyer’s alkanet.
  • Rogan Josh –  Tender lamb cooked deeply in spices, it is the patriarch of the meaty items.
  • Daniwal Korma – Exquisite lamb roasted with yoghurt, spices and onion puree, topped with coriander.
  • Mushroom – It is one of the vegetarian items of the trami cooked with onions and special Kashmiri spices.
  • Waze’ Palak and Baby Ristas – Spicy spinach cooked with small meatballs.
  • Martsewagun Korma – A spicy and hot version of the Rogan Josh.
  • Paneer – Soft pieces of juicy cheese squares cooked with a spicy tomato gravy.
  • Al – Strips or pieces of sweet pumpkins cooked to balance the spicy and sourness of the meaty items.
  • Lahab Kabab – Flattened sour and spicy mutton kababs cooked in yoghurt.
  • Quince Apple–Another vegetarian delight cooked to add some sour flavour to the platter, part of an elaborate variety.
  • Doudh Ras – A big lamb chunk cooked with a fennel-based spice mixture, cardamom and partially evaporated milk.
  • Yakhnee – The most loved and savoured gravy of the trami made of cooked milk with a perfect blend of salt and mint giving a perfect end to an exotic meal.
  • Goshtaba – A big meatball cooked in a spicy yoghurt gravy mixed with the yakhnee.

These are the main dishes that are served usually with the Kashmiri Wazwan, but there are some items that are a part of the grandeur but not served as frequently as the above-mentioned food items. These items are the shami kabab, nadru, dum aloo, tsok wangun (sour brinjal) etc. They are served on request.  Sometimes the trami is covered with a rumali roti to enjoy the vegetarian delights.

 

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The old saying “the way to someone’s heart is through his stomach” is best suited when the food in question is the ever tempting Kashmiri Wazwan. The wholesome meal fills the stomach and the heart with lots of joy. Its taste remains in the mouth hours after relishing it and the impact remains forever.

This is the story of Kashmiri Wazwan. I am excited to know if you have ever tasted the Kashmiri Wazwan or if you would like to taste it in the future? Catch you in the comments below : )  

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