Doon Chetin| Kashmiri Walnut Chutney

Have you ever tried out Doon Chetin, a walnut chutney in Kashmiri style? I tried it out at home recently, and fell head over heels in love with it, as did my family.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

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Walking Alongside The Almond Trees At Badamvaer, Srinagar

It was love at first sight with Badamvaer, Srinagar, for both the husband and me. The moment we set foot inside the gates of Badamvaer and caught a glimpse of its prettiness, we were charmed. It was a rainy weekend morning when we visited, in the course of our holiday in Kashmir, and we were lucky to have this beauty almost all to ourselves.

What is Badamvaer, you ask? Popularly called ‘Badamwari‘, Badamvaer is the Kashmiri name is a gorgeous, gorgeous garden in Srinagar. Like the name suggests, almond trees abound in the place (‘Badam‘ refers to ‘almond’, while ‘vaer‘ is ‘garden’ in Kashmiri). I hear the garden comes alive in the spring, when the almond trees blossom. There are beautiful white blossoms everywhere, and the garden is a sight to behold. When we visited this May, there were no blossoms on the almond trees, but the place was still a sight to behold.

Check out my photostory on Badamvaer, just in on my other blog! 🙂

Kashmiri Black Moth Daal Khichdi

The husband and I are suckers for bringing back local ingredients from the places we travel to, to cook with later in our home kitchen. This Kashmiri Black Moth Daal Khichdi was born from the ingredients we picked up on our recent trip to the beautiful Kashmir.

Walking along the row of shops outside the beautiful Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta, Old Srinagar, I discovered the Kashmiri black moth daal. It is a special type of lentil indigenous to Kashmir, packed with nutrients. Of course, I had to get some of it home to cook with in my kitchen. This Kashmiri Black Moth Daal Khichdi is the result!

This is such a keeper of a recipe, a one-pot meal that you can put together in minutes, yet super flavourful and power-packed. The black moth daal adds a lovely earthy flavour to the khichdi, while the Kashmiri ver masala I have used gives it a unique taste and colour. Do try out this recipe, just in on my photo blog!