How to tell if you are a street food addict? Firstly, you’ll be salivating over this Blog’s title ‘Street food of Kashmir’. Secondly, you’ll look on different websites to collect detailed information about these foods and last but not the least you’ll immediately plan a trip to savour the exceptional flavors of streets of Kashmir with us.
Kashmir is known for its wonderful food and it has been home for food loving people from all walks of life! We all know that Kashmir is rich in culture, tradition, arts and crafts, but how many of us have actually experienced the mouthwatering wazwan, the winter delicacy of harissa or the famous street food of Kashmir? The food here is as rich and as old as our culture, arts and crafts.
So let’s start the journey through the soul of Kashmir, the street foods of Kashmir. Let the smell guide you to a plate full of cholesterol rich food.
For all those health conscious people out there after reading the blog you might have to spoil your resolve.
1. Kashmiri lotus stem snack: NADER MONJE
These are lotus stems pieces dipped in subtle spiced besan(gram flour) batter and usually fried in oil and served with spicy onion chutney. We tested French fries and nader monje and we can tell you for sure these French fries stands nowhere when compared to our very own Nader Monje. After having a plate of this oil dripping delicacy you’ll understand why we crave Kashmiri street foods.
2. A parantha as big as your dream – TOBRUK HALWE-PORATH
It’s usually yellow in color made from mixing sooji with ghee and lots of dry fruits. The parantha has a diameter of 3ft and tastes sweet. Sure it will taste better when it is eaten hot.
3. The poor man’s wrap – MASALE TZHOT/MASAAL TCHOT & KRUHUN MASALE
Wanna satisfy your taste buds and end your hunger at the same time? After biting into this Kashmiri version of a wrap you’d have killed two birds with one stone.
4. To compliment your ‘Kahwa’ – SHANGRAM/LALA SHANGRAM
This sweet and gooey delicacy is made by mixing flour, sooji and sugar and deep frying in oil. What’s better than a little crisp outside and the soft spongy centre just melts in your mouth? Yummy it is!
5. For the fish lovers out there, we’ve got you – MONJE GAAD/ GADDE MONJJE
If you like fish, I would recommend this snack of Kashmir. Deboned fish deep fried in spiced rice flour and besan. Rich and tasty!
6. A sugared treat – KHAND-E-GAZIR
Crunchy bites into hard candies made from flour dough and ghee followed by a dip in sugar syrup is a sweet-tooth satisfaction. Very popular among children.
7. From the sweet family – BASRAKH
The sugary delicacy from the traditional sweet family made from flour mixed with ghee and then dipped in sugar syrup leaves an after taste in your mouth that’ll leaves you craving for more. A snowball in desert.
8. The eye candy – ANCHAR/PICKLE
Tease your brain by looking at the appetizing color of the fresh and tasty vegetable pickle aka Kashmiri style. I don’t want to know the science behind why my mouth waters when I see the colorful, vaer spiced vegetables as long as it is served to me as a side dish with roti or rice.
9. It’s time for you to try Kashmiri Kebabs – TUJJI/TUJJ
It’s time to try our home-made Barbeque. A meat lover’s tip for you: You are not a true food lover if you feel ashamed about not wasting a single savory bite of the smoked Kashmiri barbecue, tujje!
10. KULFI/MATKE ICE CREAM
So if you have a sweet tooth and demand a dessert after meals, don’t shy away from grabbing an ice-cream matka(earthen-ware pot).
Looking for all these street foods at the same place? Try the lanes of Hazratbal.
I rest my case here.
If you have already tried any of these street foods of Kashmir please share your experiences with us.