Kashmiri desserts provide lip smacking taste to the food savvy people. The desserts get a special taste due to the presence of excellent aromatic dry fruits which are abundantly found in Kashmir region.

Some of The Traditional Desserts of Jammu and Kashmir are

  • Phirni: Phirni is a popular dessert served in Kashmiri meals. It is a wonderful creamy dessert made from milk, sugar, cream and ground rice. Saffron and few dry fruits add to the aroma and taste. The dessert is also flavored with rose essence. The real flavor and taste of this dessert come up with the delicacy with which the rice is ground. Phirni is commonly served in earthen bowls called ‘shikoras’.
  • Sevaiyaan: Sevaiyan is a liquefied dessert prepared using seviya or vermicelli. Some recipes also make use of delicate strands of vermicelli or roasted seviya. Sevaiyaan is prepared by boiling milk with seviayaan, adding sugar and garnishing with dry fruits like cashew nut and raisins.
  • Gulab Jamun: Gulab Jamun is a round milk solid dessert prepared using Khoya. The round milk sold balls are fried and put in sugar syrup. The syrup is flavored with cardamom, saffron and rosewater. It is a common dessert in parties and functions.
  • Lavas: Lavas or Lavash is a popular type of cream-colored unleavened bread used in Kashmiri weddings and parties.
  • Baqerkhani: Baqerkhani is a Kashmiri rough puff pastry. It forms an integral part of Kashmiri cuisine. The Kashmiri Baqerkhani is usually soft as compared to the Middle East variety. It is usually a round naan, which is crisp and sprinkled with sesame seeds. It is usually served as breakfast.
  • Modur Polav: Modur Pulav is a sweetcondimental dish served in Kashmiri parties. Basmati rice is the main ingredient of the dish. Strands of saffron are the main spice which provides the unique color and aroma for the dish.
  • Khir: Khir or Kheer is a liquid dish made using broken rice, sugar and milk. It is flavored with dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds, cardamom, pistachio and raisins. It is usually served after a main course meal.
  • Shufta: Shufta is a Kashmiri sweet dessert containing plenty of dry fruits and sugar. It contains cardamom and pepper. This dessert is the most preferred one due to the extensive use of dry fruits and spice which provides good heat in the harsh winter months.
  • Kehwa: It is an herbal spicy hot beverage containing saffron which is consumed by the people to beat the biting cold temperature.
  • Lyde: It is a popular Kashmiri dessert made by deep frying whole wheat flour. The traditional way of serving it is with Sheer chai.
  • Falooda: Falooda is a chilled Kashmiri drink made using yoghurt, milk, cream, chia seeds, and sev.

Visit the state to taste the mouth watering desserts which offers a rich taste of dry fruits and aroma of saffron.


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