Wazwan Delicacies

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The wazwan is prepared on firewood.
The wazwan is prepared on firewood.
Distributing the food in Plates.
Distributing the food in Plates.

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Tabakh Maaz (Fried Rack of Lamb also known as Qabargah. Hindu and Muslim differences make way for specific names for food authentic to the prevalent religion in the area.)
Tabakh Maaz (Fried Rack of Lamb also known as Qabargah. Hindu and Muslim differences make way for specific names for food authentic to the prevalent religion in the area.)
The cook or the "WAZA" distributes the different dishes during the wazwan.
The cook or the “WAZA” distributes the different dishes during the wazwan.
Salad
Salad
Kababs
Kababs
 (Pounded lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy)Bowls filled with "RISTA ",
(Pounded lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy)Bowls filled with “RISTA “,

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Wazwan is prepared on firewood.
Wazwan is prepared on firewood.
Taking the Wazwan, People eat in a group of four in a common plate called as "TRAMI"
Taking the Wazwan, People eat in a group of four in a common plate called as “TRAMI”

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Tabakh Maaz (Fried Rack of Lamb also known as Qabargah. Hindu and Muslim differences make way for specific names for food authentic to the prevalent religion in the area.)
Tabakh Maaz (Fried Rack of Lamb also known as Qabargah. Hindu and Muslim differences make way for specific names for food authentic to the prevalent religion in the area.)
Preparing the Rista and Gushtaba (Pounded lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy)
Preparing the Rista and Gushtaba (Pounded lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy)

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The head chef distributing the mutton for different dishes
The head chef distributing the mutton for different dishes
The set up for ooking wazwan
The set up for cooking wazwan

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Making the cheese
Making the cheese
The Head cook, takes a look at the Recipies
The Head cook, takes a look at the Recipies
People wash hands in an arrangement called as "TASH NAER "
People wash hands in an arrangement called as “TASH NAER “

Wazwan, a multi-course meal in the Kashmiri Muslim tradition, is treated with great respect. Its preparation is considered an art. Almost all the dishes are meat-based (lamb, chicken, fish).Beef is generally not prepared in the Srinagar region, but is popular among the other districts. It is considered a sacrilege to serve any dishes based around pulses or lentils during this feast. The traditional number of courses for the wazwan is thirty-six, though there can be fewer. The preparation is traditionally done by a vasta waza, or head chef, with the assistance of a court of wazas, or chefs.

Wazwan is regarded by the Kashmiri Muslims as a core element of their culture and identity. Guests are grouped into fours for the serving of the wazwan. The meal begins with a ritual washing of hands, as a jug and basin called the tash-t-nari are passed among the guests. A large serving dish piled high with heaps of rice, decorated and quartered by four seekh kabab, four pieces of meth maaz, two tabak maaz, sides of barbecued ribs, and one safed kokur, one zafrani kokur, along with other dishes. The meal is accompanied by yoghurt garnished with Kashmiri saffron, salads, Kashmiri pickles and dips. Kashmiri Wazwan is generally prepared in marriages and other special functions. The culinary art is learnt through heredity and is rarely passed to outside blood relations. That has made certain waza/cook families very prominent. The wazas remain in great demand during the marriage season (May – October).

My Ist Trip To Gurez

A local boy at Gurez
A local boy at Gurez

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Habba Khatoon Peak
Habba Khatoon peak

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KishenGanga River flowing through village Barnol, Barnol is the ist Village of Tulail Valley.
KishenGanga river flowing through village Barnol, Barnol is the ist village of Tulail Valley
Habba Khatoon Peak
Habba Khatoon peak
This peak is known by the name of Habba Khatoon, its aroung this peak she used to wander when his husband Yousuf Shah Chak was execurted by Akbar.
This peak is known by the name of Habba Khatoon, its around this peak she used to wander when her husband Yousuf Shah Chak was executed by Akbar

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On the Way to School
On the way to school
School chidren during Morning Assembly
Morning Assembly

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Baker
Baker

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A typical wooden House
A typical wooden house

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People rare a lot of cattle and sheep in this valley.
People raise a lot of cattle and sheep in this valley

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Sunshine over the Maize fields of Gurez.
Sunshine over the maize fields of Gurez
Maize Fields
Maize Fields
Wooden Logs are mostly used for building local houses
Wooden logs are mostly used for building local houses
The houses are mostly made of wooden to overcome the cold of winters.
The houses are mostly made of wood to overcome the cold of winters
Kishenganga River Flowing through the Valley of Gurez
Kishenganga river flowing through the valley of Gurez

Gurez or Gurais, also pronounced Gorai (گورأى) in the local Shina language, is a valley located in the high Himalayas, about 86 kilometres (53 mi) from Bandipore and 123 kilometres (76 mi) from Srinagarin northern Jammu and Kashmir, India. At about 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level, the valley is surrounded by snow capped mountains. It has diverse fauna and wildlife including the Himalayan brown bear and the snow leopard. The Kishanganga River flows through the valley. The road to Gilgit runs through Gurais.

Gurais is divided into three regions. The area from Toabat to Sharda Peeth is administered by Pakistanas Neelum District, that between Kamri and Minimarg is part of the Astore DistrictNorthern Areas, Pakistan, and that from Toabat to Abdullae Tulail is known as Tehsil Gurez, and is part of Bandipore district.

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Ramadan In Kashmir

During the salah.
During the salah.
A Muslim Kid trying to wear the cap, Muslims wear Cap as a tradition Of the Prophet (peace be upon him)
A Muslim Kid trying to wear the cap, Muslims wear Cap as a tradition Of the Prophet (peace be upon him)
Due to large gathering, some people offer Salah on the streets of Lal Chowk, the heart of city.
Due to large gathering, some people offer Salah on the streets of Lal Chowk, the heart of city.
Cap arranged in a Rack at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
Cap arranged in a Rack at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
A Muslim Kid performing Ablution.
A Muslim Kid performing Ablution.
A street side Pickle Seller, People buy a lot of food products during the month of Ramadan
A street side Pickle Seller, People buy a lot of food products during the month of Ramadan
Congregational prayers at  the biggest Mosque of Srinagar during the last friday of the Month of Ramadan.
Congregational prayers at the biggest Mosque of Srinagar during the last friday of the Month of Ramadan.
Dates, one of the most popular food by which the muslims break their fast.
Dates, one of the most popular food by which the muslims break their fast.
A Street side food vendor,People buy a lot of food products during the month of Ramadan
A Street side food vendor,People buy a lot of food products during the month of Ramadan
A cap Seller outside a mosque in srinagar.
A cap Seller outside a mosque in srinagar.
A muslim girl in hijab, during ablution.
A muslim girl in hijab, during ablution.
Collecting Charity, People donate Generously in the month of Ramadan.
Collecting Charity, People donate Generously in the month of Ramadan.
People offering congregational prayers outside the mosque
People offering congregational prayers outside the mosque
Due to large gathering, some people offer Salah in the lanes outside Jamia Masjid Srinagar
Due to large gathering, some people offer Salah in the lanes outside Jamia Masjid Srinagar
Due to large gathering, some people offer Salah outside Jamia Masjid Srinagar
Due to large gathering, some people offer Salah outside Jamia Masjid Srinagar
Locally known as "Sahar Khwan", these people beat drums to wake up people before dawn.
Locally known as “Sahar Khwan”, these people beat drums to wake up people before dawn.
A man Reading a Religious book, Religious books are in good demand during Ramadan
A man Reading a Religious book, Religious books are in good demand during Ramadan
Kids Reciting Quran at a Madrassa(Religious Institute)
Kids Reciting Quran at a Madrassa(Religious Institute)
A Street Food vendor, People buy a lot of food products during the month of Ramadan
A Street Food vendor, People buy a lot of food products during the month of Ramadan
Muslim Girls  Reciting Quran at a Madrassa(Religious Institute)
Muslim Girls Reciting Quran at a Madrassa(Religious Institute)

An Old women Reciting Quran.
An Old women Reciting Quran.
An Old Man Performing Ablution at the  Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
An Old Man Performing Ablution at the Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
People Offering Congregational Salah at Jamia Masjid Srinagar
People Offering Congregational Salah at Jamia Masjid Srinagar
Kids Reciting Quran at a Madrassa(Religious Institute)
Kids Reciting Quran at a Madrassa(Religious Institute)
Reciting Quran
Reciting Quran

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A Muslim Lady offering Salah at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
A Muslim Lady offering Salah at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.

 

Ramadan is the 9th Month of the Islamic Calender, Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of Fasting, where they fast from dawn to dusk. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the Crescent Moon according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths