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Kashmiri cuisine a major draw at Jaipur food festival

People in Jaipur are relishing a huge variety of specially prepared spicy food of Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 13:01 IST

Many people in Jaipur are having a great time, relishing a huge variety of specially prepared spicy food of Jammu and Kashmir and enjoying cultural programs of the picturesque State.

A 15-member delegation from the Valley has recently arrived in Jaipur to captivate one and all towards their culture and lifestyle through the Jammu and Kashmir food festival.

The group comprising cooks, chefs and other tourism officials has been sent by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) to attract tourists to the Valley. Besides it has traditional dancers and singers from the State who are enthralling the residents and tourists alike.

The Jammu & Kashmir food festival is finding a large patronage among the locals, and is also a major attraction among the foreign tourists. "We have got Wazwan here from Kashmir, which is very popular and authentic," said Muhammad.Khaleel, a cook.

The elaborate Wazwan spread comprises local and authentic dishes from J&K, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

"We are serving a variety of chicken, mutton and fish for non-vegetarian in the main course and two non-vegetarians in the snacks part, so that when people come they can enjoy the entertainment along with the dishes and snacks," said Aman Khanna, Executive Chef

The special menu is fascinating for anyone.

" The main dishes include Tabakmaz, Seekh Kebabs, Rista, Gustaba in the vegetarian section. Shami Kebab, Naadar chips, Naadar Churmas, Wagan Kukkad in non-vegetarian section. The names are Kashmiri and, the items are all from there only," said Khanna.

About six chefs have been invited from the valley who have brought the needed raw material and spices for the dishes along with them. For visitors in Jaipur it is like paying a visit to Kashmir in Jaipur.

"I love vegetarian food, it's good to taste. I like the different flavours and the different foods," said Tyan, a visitor from UK.

"Its really good, its authentic food. I've had it earlier too in Jammu. I really liked Gustaba here," said Mridul Mathur, another visitor.

According to the officials of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation, their effort to bring these artists to the various parts of the country is to reintroduce Kashmir to the rest of the world. It is believed such an effort would draw more and more tourists to the valley.

Most of the visitors coming to the festival are thrilled with the magic of fun and food of Kashmir.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 13:01 IST