The breathtakingly stunning beauty of Kashmir remains the region’s greatest allure. Those who land in Srinagar, are instantly mesmerised by the pristine natural magnificence that has served as an inspiration for poets through the centuries. In the shadow of this natural splendour, however, is a culture that is equally rich and colourful. Apart from the music, dance, art, and architecture, the culinary traditions of Kashmir have showcased the unique heritage and legacy of the land and enhanced the quintessential Kashmiri experience of tourists. Simple yet bold flavours, use of indigenous spices, and foods meant to bring comfort and joy – that is at the very heart of Kashmiri wazwan.
If you are in search of authentic dishes to devour in Srinagar, The Chinar at the LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar offers you the very best of Kashmiri food for a wholesome gourmet experience. The Chinar is one of the very best restaurants in Srinagar and the food here is created to perfection by the top chefs of the country. Here are some of the best dishes to try when in Srinagar.
1. Kashmiri Roganjosh
If we must pick out one signature dish to represent all that makes Kashmiri cuisine incredible, the mutton Roganjosh would be it. The star of the Roganjosh is the succulent lamb cooked to perfection in indigenous aromatic spices and chillies. The deep red colour, the heat, and the flavour profile – these are a celebration of the rich traditions of Kashmir. This is one dish that you must try when you stay at The LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar.
Right at the heart of the Kashmiri wazwan (multi-course meal) is the Gustaba or Gostaba. This delicacy features handmade minced mutton balls with spices and cooked in a delicate but flavourful yoghurt gravy. The gustaba brings together the ingredients that Himalayan food is best known for – delicate meat, spices, and dairy. Kashmiri food showcases the best of flavour profiles with minimal use of ingredients.
3. Kashmiri Pulao
Unlike the rest of northern India, rice plays a central role in Kashmiri food. The Kashmiri pulao is the perfect dish to highlight some of the local produce. This region is one of India’s largest exporters of saffron, dried fruits and nuts, and fresh fruits. All of these come together with aromatic long-grained rice to make this variety of pulao one that will keep you coming back for more.
4. Nadru Yakhni
The use of the lotus stem is one of the highlights of Kashmiri cuisine. It is often used as a meat substitute and the Nandru Yakhni ties in two of the local favourite ingredients – lotus stem and yogurt. The use of yogurt and curds in the gravy highlights the abundance of dairy in the region. High up in the mountains, spices are used to add heat to the meals and to add a burst of flavour to meals. This is one dish you will want to try with steamed rice or naan after a relaxing day at the LaLiT Grand Palace spa in Srinagar.
Sit back and enjoy the serenity of Kashmir at the LaLiT Grand Palace hotel in Srinagar near the Dal Lake. End your day in front of an open bonfire with a dish of traditional Kashmiri Phirni. This dessert made from slow-cooked rice in milk with saffron and dried fruits, make time linger as you soak in your perfect vacation.
Your magical sojourn in Kashmir is incomplete without delving deep into the local food and culinary delights. Contemplate the joy and serenity of Mother Nature’s bounty during your stay at the Srinagar LaLiT Grand Palace and enjoy your downtime, much like the royals of yesteryears did.