Love Raisins? Try These 9 Indian Dishes Starring Kishmish
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Raisins, the dried form of grapes, are not only a tasty and convenient snack but also offer numerous health benefits. Incorporating raisins into your diet can provide a variety of health benefits, from improved digestion and bone health to enhanced energy levels and heart health. As with any food, moderation is key, especially considering their natural sugar content.

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Raisins can be enjoyed as a snack on their own or added to various dishes for an extra boost of flavour and nutrition. They have a long shelf life when stored properly, making them a convenient pantry staple. They are also easy to carry and do not require refrigeration, making them a convenient and healthy snack option for people on the go.

Raisins come in a variety of types, each with its own distinct flavour, colour, and culinary uses. From the commonly used black raisins to the black Munakkas there's a type of raisin to suit every taste and recipe. Each variety also has a different drying technique. For example, the Sultanas or golden raisins are made from seedless green grapes, Monukkas ade from Monukka grapes, which are large and seedless and green raisins are made from green grapes, often dried in the shade to retain their colour. The raisins produced in the Kashmir region, known for their superior quality.


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Kheer is a traditional Indian dessert made with rice, milk, sugar, and flavoured with cardamom, saffron, and sometimes rose water. Raisins are often added along with other dried fruits and nuts. Raisins add a burst of sweetness and a chewy texture to the creamy pudding, enhancing its flavour profile.

Sheer Khurma

A rich, creamy dessert made during the festival of Eid, Sheer Khurma is prepared with vermicelli, milk, sugar, dates, and a variety of dried fruits, including raisins. Raisins are essential in adding sweetness and depth to the dessert, complementing the flavours of dates and nuts.

Moru Kootan (Kerala-Style Yogurt Curry)

This is a traditional Kerala curry made with yoghurt, coconut, and a mixture of vegetables or fruits. Raisins are often included in the tempering along with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and red chilies. Raisins provide a subtle sweetness that balances the tanginess of the yoghurt and the heat of the spices.

Kashmiri Pulao

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A fragrant and mildly sweet rice dish from Kashmir, Kashmiri Pulao is made with basmati rice, saffron, and a mix of dry fruits like almonds, cashews, and raisins, along with fresh fruits. Raisins add a sweet contrast to the savoury elements of the dish and enhance the overall flavour with their unique sweetness.

Khatti Meethi Chutney

A sweet and tangy chutney made primarily with raisins, spices, and sometimes tamarind or lemon juice. Raisins are the star ingredient, providing the main flavour and sweetness to the chutney, which pairs well with various Indian snacks and dishes.

Date and Raisin Chutney

This chutney combines the sweetness of dates and raisins with spices to create a delicious condiment. Raisins add to the sweetness and contribute to the chutney's thick, spreadable consistency.

Gajar Ka Halwa

A popular Indian dessert made with grated carrots, milk, sugar, ghee, and flavoured with cardamom. Raisins are commonly added along with nuts. Raisins provide a sweet and chewy contrast to the smooth texture of the halwa, making it more indulgent.

Yakhni Pulao

This is a flavourful pulao made with marinated meat (mutton or chicken), basmati rice, and aromatic spices. Raisins are often added to the dish for a touch of sweetness. They balance the savoury flavours of the meat and spices, adding a subtle sweetness that enhances the overall taste.

Fruit and Nut Laddu

These are energy balls made with a mixture of dried fruits, nuts, and sometimes seeds. Raisins are a key ingredient, providing natural sweetness. Raisins act as a natural sweetener and binder, holding the ingredients together and adding a chewy texture.

Shahi Paneer

A rich and creamy North Indian curry made with paneer (Indian cottage cheese), cream, and a mix of aromatic spices. Raisins are added to the gravy to give it the needed  hint of sweetness that complements the richness of the dish and balances the spices.

Meetha Chawal

A sweet rice dish made with basmati rice, sugar, saffron, and a mix of dry fruits including raisins. Raisins add sweetness and a chewy texture, making the dish more flavourful and appealing.