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No takers for Wazwan at Youth Fest

punjab Updated: Jan 14, 2014 21:37 IST
Arjun Sharma

Kashmiri dish 'Wazwan' that constitute of 40 non vegetarian dishes had no takers in the city as the food stall of this world famous dish at the National Youth Festival at PAU awaited visitors.

Experts in cooking non vegetarian delicacies from Jammu and Kashmir have also come to the festival and are offering food items to the visitors on demand. Although there were visitors to taste Kashmiri kehwa but the owner Basharat Hussain rues that no visitor came to taste the Wazwan.

"We have brought different varieties of non vegetarian dishes in form of Wazwan but there are no takers for the dish. We prepare these dishes from Halal meat and many people here were hesitant to have it," Hussain, who belongs to Bhalesa in Doda district of Jammu region, said.

Dishes that constitute Wazwan include - Rista, Goshtaba, Rogan Josh, Yakhini, Tabakmaz, Kebabs among others. Most of the dishes are made of mutton while some are prepared using chicken.
Hussain said that people do come to the stall but then return as they are not fond of halal meat.

"There is such a large variety of Wazwan dishes in Kashmir with different tastes that elite class and politicians call wazwan cooks specially to Delhi and Mumbai" he said.

Hussain offers Rogan Josh at Rs 150, Rista for Rs 170. Famous Rajma of Bhaderwah in Jammu region are being offered at Rs 100.

On the other hand, Nisar Ahmad Azad, coordinator of protocol wing, who has brought the stalls from J&K said that the Wazwan dishes are prepared by specialized cooks.

"People in Ludhiana were not attracted towards wazwan perhaps due to the fact that people here are not aware of these delicacies" opined Azad.

"Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan during his visit to valley last year had taken a cook along with him to his home at Mumbai because he was so impressed with these dishes" said Azad.