10 unique and traditional Kashmiri winter foods

A slow-cooked meat stew made with lamb or chicken pounded wheat, and spices, traditionally eaten during winter mornings for warmth and energy.


A signature Kashmiri dish, Rogan Josh is a flavorful curry made with tender pieces of meat (usually lamb), cooked in a rich gravy of yogurt, saffron, and Kashmiri spices.

Rogan Josh

A light and aromatic yogurt-based curry, often made with chicken or lamb, infused with delicate spices like fennel, cardamom, and cinnamon.


Soft meatballs made from minced lamb, cooked in a yogurt-based gravy with aromatic spices, and garnished with fresh coriander leaves and cream.


A slow-cooked dish featuring a variety of meats, rice, and spices, layered in a deg (large cooking pot) and left to simmer overnight, resulting in a flavorful and nourishing meal.

Shab Deg

Skewered and grilled pieces of marinated mutton, seasoned with a blend of Kashmiri spices and served with mint chutney.

Mutton Kebab

A fragrant rice dish cooked with a mix of dried fruits, nuts, and whole spices, giving it a sweet and savory flavor profile.

Kashmiri Pulao

Lotus stem slices cooked in a yogurt-based gravy infused with spices like ginger, fennel, and cumin, create a creamy and aromatic dish.

Nadru Yakhni

A traditional green tea infused with saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, and almonds, often served hot with honey or sugar and enjoyed for its warming properties.

Kashmiri Kahwa

A creamy rice pudding flavored with saffron and cardamom, garnished with chopped nuts, and served cold as a sweet ending to a hearty Kashmiri meal.


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