Friday, April 11, 2014

Kashmiri Saag and Roti - Jammu Kashmir Special

BM # 39
Day : 11
state : Jammu and Kashmir

The state Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital. While the Kashmir valley is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape, Jammu's numerous shrines attract thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year. Ladakh, also known as "Little Tibet", is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhist culture.The cuisine of all three regions is different from one another.

Three different styles of cooking prevail in the state as Kashmiri Pandits, Muslims and Rajput follow their own traditions and proscriptions in cooking. Kashmiri Pandits refrain from the use of onions and garlic, while Muslims avoid the use of asafoetida (hing) and curds.

Kashmir excels in the preparation of non-vegetarian cuisine and more so in the meat based dishes with lamb being preferred over others. People of the state are liberal in the use of spices, condiments and curd. The medium of cooking is chiefly mustard oil. Another characteristic of Kashmir cuisine is the liberal use of saffron or kesar, which is produced in the state. The vegetarian cuisine is also very special and we cannot miss the ever so popular Zarda, Kashmiri Dum Aaloo ,Methi Chaman, Raajma Rismise.

Kashmir is a valley which is popular for its dry fruits and so lot of preparations are made by using them, the Shufta, Doon chetin, Phirnis are all very popular.

Tea drinking forms a very important of Kashmiri Pandit cuisine and is often used in place of dessert. Two very important types of tea are Kehwa (Sweet Green tea with Cardamom and almonds) and Sheer Chai (salty pink tea with almonds). Such teas are usually taken with Baked Breads like Kulcha and Katlam.

Today I shall cook from Kashmir.For today it's Kashmiri Saag with Kashmiri roti. This saag or roti are not new for me as I have made the Kashmiri rotis and the Saag many times, , but never made a combo of these two. The Kashmiri saag is a total treat, very simple and quick to prepare this recipe simply amazed me. One can't prepare anything simpler with such a wonderful flavor. A dish where no chopping is required, no spices are required and yet tastes mind blowing. I must tell you that it is the use of mustard oil in the dish that is the key to this recipe, please do not substitute it.The roti has a very nice flavor and for a person like me, I would not need any thing to go with it,.it can be relished right from the griddle without any accompaniments, just a blob of pure ghee.

Kashmiri Saag
1 tbsp mustard oil
1 whole big cardamon
3-4 red chillies, whole
15 -20 cloves garlic
1 bunch spinach , roots trimmed and washed
Salt to taste
Heat mustard to a smoking point.
Add whole cloves of garlic and sauté.
Add big Cardamon ,whole red chillies and immediately add spinach leaves.
Let these wilt.
Add salt.
Make sure you do not add too much salt, this spinach requires very little salt.
Mix well , add very little water and pressure cook for a whistle.
Serve after the pressure is released.

For those who like a spicy meal, while eating saag make sure to press the red chillies and squeeze their juice, it adds spice to the saag and tastes awesome, people who do not like spicy, could simply eat without the use of red chilly.

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  1. Kashmiri saag sounds quick to prepare and delicious to relish..

  2. Yumm, yumm.. what a healthy & delicious Kashmiri dish. I made something with spinach too :-)

  3. mouth started watering reading the recipe for the saag....i loved the intro post knowing the finer details about kashmir state...thanks for the lovely post

  4. roti and saag looks like a tasty and healthy combination

  5. the Kashmiri saag is eye catching... simple and delicious..

  6. Nice post with clear details about Kashmir.. and loved the saag too..

  7. I agree with you on the mustard oil. i never cooked with this oil until this bm. I was surprised how flavorful the oil is

  8. Simple recipes allow the true taste of the ingredients to come through. I must try this. My family will love it.

  9. Absolutely delicious looking Kashmiri Platter..Kashmiri saag sounds simple and healthy..

  10. The combination of roti and saag looks so tempting...

  11. Very interesting to note that you don't mince the saag..nice one..I loved the rotis as well and as you know your subzis..:)

  12. Love the spread and the tip about squeezing the chillies for the spicy flavor has been noted :)

  13. love the simple veggie preparation

  14. Vaishali this is awesome. I want the entire bowl and all the rotis. Looks so very delicious and yum.

  15. Saag looks very nice Vaishali and love it with those whole garlic. Awesome!

  16. Kashimiri saag looks very delicious with simple preparation and lovely combo with kashmiri roti :)

  17. Kashmiri saag looks amazing with those burnt garlic over the top....

  18. The saag seems simple and flavorful. Must have tasted yummy with those rotis.