Kashmiri Cuisine was the challenge for this month of an initiative I'm part of named Chefs Across Boundaries. Nidhi, a wonderful blogger and photographer was the host. Moment I got to know about the monthly challenge, I started researching on this cuisine. To my disappointment there was not much recorded on this wonderful cuisine.
Kashmir a beauty of India. Have not got a chance to travel but yet have heard and read a lot about it. People from Kashmir are said to prefer meat and rice a lot. I could not find a lot of vegetarian recipes. Most of the recipes included mutton and fish.
Then I read about the Kashmiri Pandits. They are brahmins and they too include meat in their diet except beef. Their vegetarian diet included lotus stem, paneer and a certain variety of mushroom. Lotus stem and the Guchchi variety of mushroom was not available in Pune, so I settled with our very favorite paneer.
Veth Chaman, is specially made in Kashmiri Weddings and is no onion - no garlic recipe. I was first very skeptical of the recipe, but it was just amazingly flavored. I combined this wonderful gravy with flavored rice and raita.