If you’re looking for some authentic and delicious vegetarian recipes, then look no further than the Kashmiri cuisine! Known for its use of aromatic spices and rich flavors, these vegetarian dishes are perfect for anyone looking to spice up their meal plan. Here are five must-try recipes that you’ll love:

Authentic Kashmiri Delights: 5 vegetarian recipes you have to try

Why You’ll Love These Recipes

  • Rich in aromatic spices and flavors
  • Healthy and nourishing plant-based ingredients
  • Easy-to-follow instructions

Ingredient List

  1. Nadir Yakhni (Lotus Stem Curry)
  2. Gogji Rajma (Kashmiri-style Kidney Beans with Turnips)
  3. Dum Olav (Potato in Tomato Gravy)
  4. Haak Saag (Collard Greens Cooked in a Spiced Broth)
  5. Khatta Baingan (Sour Eggplant)

How To Make These Recipes

Nadir Yakhni

  1. In a pot, boil lotus stems until soft.
  2. Heat oil in another pot over medium heat and add whole spices like bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick etc.
  3. Add onions sauté until golden brown; add ginger-garlic paste followed by ground fennel powder & other masalas as detailed within the recipe till fragrant.
    4.Add boiled Lotus stem pieces into the onion mixture along with yogurt or curd+water mix.
    5.Simmer everything on low flame until fully flavoured.

Gogji Rajma

1.Cook red kidney beans with water, salt & bayleaf until tender , set aside for later use.
2.Heat oil or ghee followed by cumin seeds;
add onions let it change colour then add garlic-ginger paste & green chillies sautee till fragrant..
3.Add chopped turnips & stir fry until bright coloured then add masala powder as directed, cook for 2~3 minutes more..
4.Add cooked red kidney beans along with the water used, adjust salt to taste.
5.Cook everything on medium flame, covered till vegetables are soft and fully flavored.

Dum Olav

  1. Boil baby potatoes in a pot until tender; once done drain and set aside.
    2.Heat oil or ghee followed by cumin seeds;
    Add onions sauté until golden brown ;
    3.Add tomatoes stir-fry till mushy then add all spices (fennel seeds powder is optional)instructed within recipe alongwith lightly crushed kasuri methi .
    4.Turn the heat down to low: layer boiled potatoes into the tomato mixture .then pour little water& let it simmer for few minutes only before serving.

Haak Saag

  1. In a pan take mustard oil/ghee replace it if not preferred);
    add dried red chili flakes ;when they sputter add hing/asafoetida.
    2.Then goes finely sliced onion along with some slit green chillies
    Sauté them till light golden in colour.
    3.Next step is adding chopped collard greens folded over each other several times so that u get long rolls;give them a fine shred using a sharp knife prior adding into the onion mixture. Add boiling hot water enough just to cover half of the shredded collard greens(or any other greens would do).
    4.Simmer everything together , balanced seasoning adjustment & remove as soon as wilted!

Khatta Baingan

1.Wash eggplants under running tap water pat dry and cut off stem part without removing whole stem from top entirely (you can also partially cut from both sides alternatively.)
2.Roast them in open fire stove or grill machine carefully..once blackened ..
cool down wait awhile before peeling off charred skin completely.
Make 2 long vertical slits in eggplant without separating both the parts
3.In a pan heat mustard oil or any other cooking medium;
Add cumin seeds & let it crackle followed by onions and garlic saute till soft golden brown ,add chopped tomatoes then all spices till fragrant.
4.Stuff this hot masala mix into each of roasted eggplants evenly, place it in tomato gravy mix simmer for few more minutes.Serve with Indian Bread.

Cooking Time and Temperature Guidelines

  • Nadir Yakhni: Total Cook Time – 45mins (approx.); On low flame for 25-30 mins covered..
  • Gogji Rajma: Total Cook Time – 40mins (approx.), Simmered on low flame with lid closed..
  • Dum Olav :Total Cook Time – 30 mins (approx.),Simmered on low flame with lid half opened ..
  • Haak Saag :Total cook time –15~20min,(on medium – high flame covered)
  • Khatta Baingan :Total cook time -35 to 40 min.(up to final serving temperature)

My Pro-tips

  1. Use fresh vegetables for best results.
  2. Adjust spices according to your taste preference.
  3. Be patient while cooking Kashmiri dishes, as they require slow heating and careful attention.

Seasoning Options

Serve these delicious vegetarian delights with some freshly made cooked rice/chapati combo alongside raita or pickle !

Recipe Tips

1.For Eggplant recipe use smaller size ones which are perfect fit-to-bite-size pieces.
2.If collard greens not available substitute spinach leaves instead..

Recommended Tools to Make These Recipes

1.Potato masher / fork as required .
2.Frying pan/kadhai.
3.Rolling pin/cutting board/chopper.

To sum Up:
These authentic Kashmiri vegetarian recipes offer a delicious and healthy way to spice up your meal plan with aromatic flavors and wholesome ingredients. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting, these recipes are easy to follow with detailed instructions that ensure great results. So why not try them out today?


What makes Kashmiri cuisine unique?
Kashmiri cuisine is known for its rich and aromatic flavors, influenced by the region’s history and geography. The use of spices such as saffron, fennel seeds, ginger powder, and cinnamon is prominent in many dishes. Additionally, Kashmiri cooking often involves slow-cooking methods like Dum Pukht or simmering which helps to create a depth of flavor.

Are these vegetarian recipes suitable for beginners?
Yes! Most of the recipes featured in “Authentic Kashmiri Delights: 5 vegetarian recipes you have to try” are simple and easy to follow, making them ideal for both experienced cooks and those new to cooking Indian cuisine. Step-by-step instructions are provided that guide chefs through each recipe.

Where can I find some of the less common ingredients used in these recipes?
Some of the ingredients used in these recipes might not be widely available at your local grocery store but can typically be found online or at specialty stores carrying Indian or Middle Eastern food products. If you’re having trouble locating any particular ingredient locally you may consider looking up substitutes suggested by different sources who deal with regional cuisines all over India like Kesari Exports etc.

I hope this helps!