Here is a guide, more or less an experience of Kashmiri food available across our multi-cultural country. I along with my friends have travelled widely in India and we have come across some excellent restaurants that serve Kashmiri food with almost a perfection in taste. For those who want to enjoy and explore Kashmiri cuisine, here are some restaurants located in different cities of India.
Delhi is widely dynamic and full of cultural diversity that makes it a hub of multiple cuisines. Gulfam Kashmiri Wazwan is a small food joint in the streets near Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah. If you are seeking really original taste of Kashmiri food, jump on to their Gushtaba and Roganjosh.
Address: Building 5, Basti, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin, New Delhi (+91 9899110786)
As we entered the Matamaal restaurant, we were taken aback by its traditional Kashmiri look and soft Kashmiri music that brushed against our skin giving us goose bumps. Unlike other restaurants, Matamaal is full on its menu with Kashmiri vegetarian dishes. And ofcourse, don’t try to forget their Mutton Kanti in non-vegetarian.
Address: 203, DLF City Court, Sikandarpur, Gurgaon (+91 9899499043)
3. AL MADINA KASHMIRI TEA, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Are you a Tea lover? Try Kashmiri Tea (Noon Chai), the Novelty of Lucknow. The tea is prepared in a copper kettle (Kashmiri Samovar), is salty in taste, and pink in colour. The Noon chai sustains the essence of its origin and depicts the presence of Kashmiri culture in Lucknow. Find it at Al Madina.
Address: Akbari Gate Nakkhas Lko, Akbari Gate Nakkhas Lko, Chowk, Chowk, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (+91 93352 96412)
4. ZARPAR, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Experience Kashmir in Jaipur with the fine dining of Zarpar. The theme based restaurant serves all kinds of Kashmir delicacies and is a perfect place to explore Kashmiri food. The restaurant has a wide ambience and have chosen names and places from Kashmir to describe it, e.g. Dewan Khana (The Fine Dine), Pari Mahal (The House Boat), Tasweer (The Selfie Point) etc. Zarpar is like a miniature of Kashmir in bits.
Address: 9th Floor, SDC Vinay, 38-39, Mauji Colony, Opp. Bharat Petroleum Pump,
Kelgiri Road, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur (+91-9928021666)
5. POUSH, Mumbai, Maharashtra
After a long stay in Mumbai it was Phirni in Poush that quenched my sweet tooth. I can’t seem to forget the way they made Phirni here, absolutely like in Kashmir. Also, the Mutton Roganjosh added to my satisfying meal. The serene rains of Mumbai and tempting smell of Kashmiri food totally made my visit worth a while at this amzing dinner.
Address: S-25, Floor 2, Phoenix Market City, LBS Road, Kurla, Mumbai (+91 9820113235)
6. HILTON, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, the specialty chef of Kashmiri Cuisine in Hilton Hotel is a magician of cooking. Visit the hotel to experience authentic mouth-watering Kashmiri food made by him. I assure you, you will not come out of the dinner without a decision to visit it again. India is indeed incredible that even in Chennai, the essence of Kashmiri food is sustained. This serves as an appropriate example of cuisine being beyond boundaries.
Address: 124/1, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Poomagal Nagar, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
(044 2225 5555)
7. BULAQI KASHMIRI BAKERY, Hyderabad, Telangana
At Bulaqi’s you will find varieties of pastries, snacks, cakes and sweets with Kashmiri touch in it. The Baqerkhani made by the bakery is delicious and well baked. You will not find the variety of desserts elsewhere in Hyderabad other than here. A perfect place for the sweet tooths.
Address: 6-2-922, Khairatabad Road, Hyderabad (+91 9885880726)
And that is where my list ends. I will write more as soon as I get to explore. Also, let us know about your experiences at these places if you ever visit them. We at Kashmiri Life will look forward to your responses.