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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular local food items in Gulmarg?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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With a fusion of spices and herbs, the local cuisine of Gulmarg will have you attaining gastronomic nirvana or will at least bring you close. You will find that the traditional dishes are rice based and typically consist of rice with mutton, chicken or fish cooked with vegetables. Sounds too simple? The meat and vegetables are cooked in many different styles in a blend of spices that will have you smacking your lips. Rogan Josh, lamb marinated with yogurt and almonds, slow braised with green and black cardamom, clove and peppercorn and Gushtaba, meatballs simmering in yogurt gravy, are two of the mouth-watering specialities you need to try.

Banquet of Kashmiri cuisine: Wazwan is an art unto itself. A multi-course meal, here you will have the choice of at least 15-30 courses, traditionally shared from large metal plate called the trami. The tramis arrive, heaped with rice, quartered by seekh kababs, methi korma, tabak maaz, safed murg, zafrani murg and the first few courses. Yogurt and chutney are served separately in small earthen pots. Yes, there's more. As you complete each trami, it will be removed, and a new one brought in, until the dinner has run its course or your stomach has. Tabakh maaz, rista, rogan josh, daniwal korma, aab gosht, marchwangan korma and gushtaba are bound to be a part of your trami as these are considered must. More of a ceremony than a meal, several days of preparation go into the Wazwan, with the Waza (chief chef) personally supervising each dish. Sounds staggering? You have to see it in front of you believe it.

Of course, your visit to Gulmarg and exploration of Kashmiri cuisine cannot be complete without Kahwah, traditional green tea made from saffron strands, cinnamon bark and cardamom pod with almonds and walnuts. Sounds delicious? Wait till you take a sip of it with traditional breads like tsot, tshochwar & bakerkhan hot from the oven. Tea will never be the same for you.

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