The last 10 days, I spent trekking in Kashmir Valley in India. Often in the news for the wrong reasons this beautiful lush green valley presents one of the tastiest cuisines of India. Dal Lake is the toast of Srinagar the beautiful capital city of Kashmir. The evening preceding the trek we went on a Shikara Ride (manually rowed long boats) on the Dal Lake watching other tourists float by while the sun slowly vanished beyond the clouds in the horizon. Soon we were approached by a floating Shikara, selling Kebabs (barbecued meat and fish) and the aroma of it all deflected my attention from the mesmerizing sun set on the Dal. The foodie in me wanted to taste all that he had and my friend Sushila, who was sharing the Shikara with me was instantly excited.
He quickly barbecued fish, chicken and lamb and needless to say while all were great, the soft trout lingers on my tongue. Marinated to perfection with a combination of home-made Kashmiri Spices and roasted just right the juicy succulent chicken and the chewy yet soft lamb served with different dips made with walnuts, carrots, cucumber in a curd and chilly paste base stole my heart. The dips were absolutely awesome and Sushila was floored by the tangy, spicy taste that she did not notice me relishing that extra bite of fish 🙂 The rich culture of the land presented itself on the plate, to experience which I had traveled hundreds of miles.
The restaurants along the lake serve similar food but it is not everyday that you sit in the middle of a vast lake watching the sunset and getting pampered with the finest food. Naah !! Saturation with food and travel does not exist in my dictionary- Life is a Vacation and always will be. If you are floating on the Dal do not miss this opportunity!!