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Tracing the flavors of Kashmir

Kashmir along with its beauty is famous for the mouth-watering Kashmiri cuisine which is popular among the connoisseurs. Jammu and Kashmir, a state in Northern India can boast of several spices that bring out the authentic Kashmiri taste in various dishes.
Spices like Saffron (Kesar), Kashmiri red chili powder (koshur martsivagun or koshur marchwagan), shahi jeera (shahi jeera, black cumin, Kashmiri jeera, Himali jeera, Koshur zur, or kala jeera), which have been used traditionally in the cuisine of Kashmir Valley region. The genuine cuisine from Kashmir is mild in taste and recognized through its rich flavour with the use of different spices.

  • KESAR

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The first name that’ll cross your mind whenever we are talking about Kashmiri spices is Saffron (Kesar). Kashmiri Saffron is often called as “Lachha” or “Guchhi”. It is world’s most expensive spice in the world that grows exclusively in the valley. Saffron can be used as a colouring, flavouring agent and as a spice. Saffron has a particular crimson shade and is added in special meals dishes and drinks additionally, that require this spice. The Saffron is derives from a very small plant that grows on well-drained fields of Pampore. It is also known as Soul of ‘Koshur ‘delicacies.

  •  KOSHUR MARCHWAGAN

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For most of us Indians, what is good food if we are not burning over some red chillies? The pungent taste, bright red colour and off course the freshness is never too bad. Red Chilly, the most integral part of any Kashmiri cuisine is referred to as koshur martsivagun/ koshur marchwagan. It’s present in pod form and is powdered and utilized. It however is gentle in heat and provides a red wine color to make the dish more appealing.

  • SHAHI JEERA

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North Indian cuisine has been influenced by Shahi cuisine as a result a no of highly aromatic spices are found in this region. Shahi Jeera is one such spice being cultivated only in the valley region. Though it might replicate the black common cumin, there’s a vast difference in the flavors. Shahi jeera is a mix of very mildly and slightly sweet notes. Shahi Jeera when cooked gives out an excellent smell of earthiness. This spice is variously called shahi jeera, black cumin, Kashmiri jeera, Himali jeera, Koshur zur.

  • SONTH

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In typical Kashmiri gravies a mild brownish powder referred to as sonth or shount is used. It’s actually dried ginger powder a general used spice in Kashmir Valley. Once more its presence is well recognized and added to particular dishes solely. That is distinctive spice comes from fresh ginger that is dried before being used. It is utilized in authentic Kashmiri dishes.

  • BAEDYN

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Another spice which is used extensively in real Kashmiri cuisine is baedyn. The fennel seed is lightly dry roasted and grounded to a powdered form. It is the main ingredient that is used in many regular veg and non-veg cuisines all over Kashmir. This positively enhances the style and brings a fresh scent of nature to the dishes.

  • ZERESHK

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Zereshk is one other spice of Kashmir. These are a mild, slightly sweet, tangy Currant Berries that are utilized in few particular dishes. These seeds are used extensively in Persian dishes. These berries add a gorgeous color and flavor to the dishes. Its use is confined to a handful of dishes.
Kashmir has always been a gourmet’s paradise. Kashmiris are so much particular about their spices and they know the exact combination of spices to get the authentic flavor of a specific dish. So when you land up in Kashmir be sure to be greeted with pure authentic Kashmiri delicacies. Plan a trip soon, we’ve given you a reason to visit Kashmir.

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5 things that should be in your bucket list during Kashmir tour

1.Applaud the beauty of Dal Lake on a Shikara :

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Cruising in the calm blue water of Dal Lake is incomplete without a Shikara in kashmir tour. Shikara is basically a traditional wooden houseboat which is an essential part of people in Kashmiri Tradition. To explore the beauty of Dal Lake, a Shikara ride is a must.

While having a Shikara ride in the magnificent Dal Lake, the sight of snow-capped mountains, beautiful gardens, and migrating birds truly look like a paradise. You can’t really have enough of Shikara rides in Dal Lake as there are many beautiful things to explore during you kashmir tour. So, keep exploring till you reach an entirely different island of the vegetable growers and sellers. Yes, Kashmir owns one of the famous floating vegetable market in the world which opens before dawn and closes within the next two hours.

2.Walk The Wildest Trek On The Planet:

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Do you know that kashmir tour has a Chadar trek is the widest trek in the world? And this trek lies in the Zanskar region of Jammu and Kashmir. Chadar trek is the most difficult trek for even the best of the best trekkers in the world.

What makes Chadar trek more adventurous than other treks is that it happens over the frozen Zanskar River. During winters, Zanskar River freezes to form a sheet (chadar) of ice which is why it is called Chadar trek. The Chadar trek takes place during winters. The months of January and February are considered ideal for the excursion on the frozen Zanskar River. It’s just an apt place for camping as well with the skies full of stars. As you trek by the Chadar, you witness many wildlife species indigenous to Jammu and Kashmir. So if you are bored of trekking on hills, try this trek the frozen Zanskar River.

3.Have an adventure of Lifetime while Heli-Skiing:

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Gulmarg in Kashmir is a hub for winter sports in Kashmir and different types of winter sports take place in winters. With the first snowfall of Kashmir, people start to gather in Gulmarg to enjoy the adventure of kashmir winter sports like skiing, snow-boarding, ice skating, snow kayaking, ice hockey etc. Among the various winter sports, one of the unique is Heli-skiing. In Heli Skiing, skiers are taken to the top of the mountains by a helicopter and then the skiers ski down the hills. Heli-skiing in Kashmir is an ultimate adventure for the good quality snow and the mountain peaks which make the experience one of the best in the world.

4.Taste the delicious Zaika-e-Kashmir:

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Kashmir is said to be a heaven on Earth for not only its incredible beauty but also for also heavenly tasting food. The land produces some of the best mouthwatering delicacies and that is why you should never miss the opportunity to devour the Kashmiri cuisines. From the famous Kashmiri Wazwan to the winter delicacy Harissa, everything is a treat to taste buds. So, while wandering on the streets never miss to taste the street foods of Kashmir. Here is a list of delicacies you must try whenever you visit Kashmir.

5. Capture the beauty of  Kashmir tour through your lens:

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Kashmir can never disappoint a lens lover. It is completely up to you whether you want to click selfies or a DSLR picture because Kashmir is heaven-like beautiful. From picturesque natural sceneries to landscapes that can beat the most beautiful places on Earth any day are endless in Kashmir. Be it the architecture of a Kashmiri house, the handicrafts, and the work on Sufi shrines or the Thangka paintings in monasteries in Ladakh everything is jaw dropping.