Culinary delights: Diya showcases the most popular Kashmiri pandit dishes

Thursday, November 16, 2023


The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, renowned for its luxury and excellence, is hosting a ‘Kashmiri food pop-up’ at Diya from November 17th to 26th, 2023. Diya, the signature Indian restaurant, has collaborated with Chef Rajni to present an authentic culinary experience from Kashmiri Pandit Cuisine for over two weeks.

The special menu is curated by home chef Rajni Jinsi, a homemaker hailing from Anantnag, who acquired the art of cooking from her mother. Chef Rajni’s cooking and dishes hold a special place in her heart, and she is eager to showcase traditional Kashmiri Pandit cuisine delicacies.

While the beauty of Kashmir is widely celebrated, the true essence of Kashmiri cuisine often remains a mystery to many. Indulge in the most delectable dishes from the valley and embark on a unique culinary journey with Kashmiri delights. Explore the rich flavors of Kashmiri Pandit cuisine at Diya, The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences. Characterized by spices like saffron, fennel, and asafetida, and featuring dairy delights such as curd and ghee, this cuisine avoids onions and garlic, opting for hing (asafetida) for flavor. Traditional ingredients include lotus stem, turnip, dried fruits like apricots, and figs.

Signature dishes like Dum Aloo and Nadur Yakhni showcase the cuisine’s emphasis on saffron, offering a vibrant and aromatic experience.

The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences proudly collaborates with Chef Rajni Jinis for a delightful “Kashmiri food pop-up,” offering a royal journey through Kashmir’s rich traditions. Chef Rajni’s culinary mastery and dedication to preserving Kashmiri heritage ensure an unforgettable dining experience at Diya. Enjoy two menus, a set menu, and an à la carte menu, featuring popular Kashmiri delicacies paired with 1+1 on house wines, making it a culinary treat for the city.

Chef Rajni Jinsi, a gifted individual from Anantnag who developed her culinary abilities under her mother’s tutelage, is known for her distinctive taste combinations. She uses premium local ingredients and traditional methods to create a variety of Kashmiri Pandit dishes.

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