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Chaman Qaliya

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Chaman Qaliya is a creamy cottage cheese curry scented with fennel and cardamom that belongs to Kashmiri Cuisine.
An aromatic curry that is cooked in milk and flavored with Kashmiri spices is a perfect vegetarian side dish commonly served on special occasions in the valley. The Kashmiris mostly rely on non vegetarian food other, expect the pandits.
The vegetarians have a very few options left. They mostly eat Lotus stem, Potatoes or Paneer. Hence the Kashmiri cuisine carries a variety of Paneer dishes out of which one most exotic curry is Chaman Qaliya.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Served AsDinner, Lunch
Recipe Taste Salty, Savoury, Spicy
Servings 4


  • 250 gm Cottage cheese cut into 1 inch pieces, I used Amul Malai Paneer
  • 1 tbsp Mustard oil or Refined oil
  • 2 to 3 strands Saffron
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 6 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 3 tsp Fennel powder
  • 1 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder
  • Coriander for garnishing


  • Heat oil in wok and add bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Now add water and as it comes to boil, add turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, salt and fennel powder and mix.
  • Let the water mix boil and reduced a little. Now add paneer pieces and cook till paneer turns soft and the curry starts to thicken.
  • Add 1 cup of whole fat milk and saffron, stir well and cook till required consistency.
  • Now add cardamom powder and turn off the gas.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped coriander and serve with rice or naan.

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4.90 from 9 votes

Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 144 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 18 mg | Sodium: 824 mg | Potassium: 239 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 267 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 169 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Shaheen Ali
Shaheen Ali

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