Ver Masala: A Unique Spice Blend Used In Kashmiri Cuisine
Updated : September 06, 2021 13:09 IST
Ver is a Kashmiri spice blend that is made into cakes and then left to sun-dry.
Every region of India has its own spice mix. Although garam masala is common in Indian cuisine, every local cuisine also uses its own special mix. These masalas are made by pounding the ingredients individually to a fine powder. As that takes a lot of work, people simply buy the masalas from shops.
Ver is a Kashmiri spice blend that is made into cakes and then left to sun-dry. Ver, or veri masala is a well-guarded recipe amid the community of Kashmiri families. It is also called koshur masala and apart from Kashmir, it is also widely consumed in Jammu.
It is used to ‘finish’ so many dishes in the local cuisine of Kashmir such as rogan josh, rice dishes, chicken or lentil curries, vegetables and even scrambled eggs! To use ver spice mix, the cooks will take one cake, or ‘ver tikki’ and rub it between their palms to make a powder from it. Then they sprinkle the spice blend over the main dish. The ingredients that are used to make ver spice mix are known to have potential health benefits (shallots) such as lowering cholesterol issues or acting as a mouth freshener (aniseed). Besides, chillis stimulate the brain to produce the happy hormone. As much as people like to complain that chillis are hot, we ignore the good side of eating it. There are other ingredients such as garlic, ginger, fennel, clove, cumin and black pepper in the spice mix too. You can buy the masala online too but homemade spice has its own charm, isn’t it? Here is the step by step recipe to make scrambled eggs using ver —
Do try this recipe!
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