Shufta – a Kashmiri delicacy

Jammu and Kashmir, the North Indian state offers not only mesmerizing locations but also a wide range of lip smacking and exotic delicacies. Kashmiri food originated from the picturesque Kashmir Valley, the crown of India that lies in the lap of the Himalayas. The cuisine of this state combines influences from Indian Hindus, Muslims as well as Persian and Afghan invaders. Mainly Kashmiri foods are full of flavors, desi ghee and uses ingredients most like dry ginger powder, fennel powder, kashmiri red chili in abundance. Traditionally rice is always remained the staple food which is most popularly complimented with various meat related dishes. Apart from non-vegetarian dishes, there are also few vegetarian preparations which are tremendously delicious like Zarda, Kashmiri dum aloo, Phirni, Kahwah, Noon chai etc.

Well, why I am discussing here the cuisine of Jammu and Kashmir is because the June month challenge in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge group was ‘Kashmiri Cuisine’. For this theme, my partner was Shobha di who gave me 2 secret ingredients as Dry Ginger Powder and Paneer and I gave her as Mutton and Yogurt. Do check her recipe here using the secret ingredients given by me. As usual, using mine two ingredients I had to prepare a dish from Kashmiri cuisine. So I prepared one of the sweetest and rich dish, Shufta using these two ingredients. 

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Shufta is a traditional Kashmiri dessert which is a mixture of various dry fruits and spices coated with sugar syrup. Basically a variety of dry fruits are first soaked in water for sometime and then mixed with ghee along with fried paneer, sugar and various spice powders. This delectable and much yummy dessert from Kashmiri cuisine looks so simple, yet tastes so delicious !

So do try this sweet dish Shufta. If you tried my recipe and enjoyed fully, then please share some pictures of your creation with me. Also give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. You may also follow me on FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+Instagram and can subscribe for free to get new recipes directly into your inbox 😊. Lets go in details.

Preparation Time : 35 mins  |  Cooking Time : 20 mins

Ingredients :        



Paneer (1 inch long)

¼ cup


¼ cup


¼ cup


¼ cup


¼ cup


4-5 no


¼ cup

Date (deseed)

6-7 no

Black pepper powder

¼ tsp

Cinnamon powder

¼ tsp

Dry ginger powder

½ tsp

Cardamom powder

¼ tsp


1 pinch

Rose petal (dried)

1 tbsp


1 cup


3-4 tbsp

Method :

  1. First in a bowl take almonds, cashews, pistachios, apricot slices, walnuts, date slices, raisins and water. Keep aside and allow to soak for some time.
  2. Soak the saffron in 2 tsp of hot water and keep aside.
  3. Now in a pan, first heat ghee and then fry paneer pieces till crisp and brown.
  4. Then add sugar and fry a little more.
  5. Now drain water from the dry fruits, add all those soaked dry fruits into the pan and fry everything.
  6. Next add dry rose petals, soaked saffron, all the spice powders and saute for 1 minute more.
  7. Turn off heat and serve by sprinkling some more dry rose petals !

Notes :

  • Add the dry fruits as per choice.

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  1. Unknown

    This looks so, so good! Perfectly made and plated too. 🙂
    Bookmarking this recipe to try out soon. I would love to try this out.

    ~Priya Iyer from

  2. Shobha

    This is really a rich snack Kashmiris make and offer to their guests who visit them.. Saw it on a TV show. You have made it perfectly.

  3. Soma Mukherjee

    This Kashmiri delicacy is so healthy and yummy, never thought of adding paneer and dry fruits together and infusing it with kesar and rose petals flavours, I am sure it will taste heavenly. Lovely share.

  4. Lata Lala

    The delicious dish from Kashmir looks wonderful. The flavours are awesome and am sure must have tasted heavenly.

  5. Hayley

    I've never tasted this delicious looking Kashmiri delicacy, so many rich ingredients in there, must have tasted heavenly. Perfect for Navratri too.

  6. Geetha Priyanka

    Heard a lot about this Kashmiri delicacy but never tried it. Shufta looks absolutely delicious and inviting. I would love to try sometime.

  7. Unknown

    Very rich and delicious share from the state of Kashmir! It is a very unusual dish with combo of paneer, dry fruits and spices!! Thanks for sharing and introducing the dish to all of us dear 🙂

  8. mildly indian

    This is so amazing. I have never tried these combo of paneer and dry fruits. So for sure I will try this.

  9. Pavani

    Awesome recipe with so many rich ingredients. It looks so delicious and beautiful clicks.

  10. Poonam Bachhav

    This is such a simple yet wholesome wpuldake a perfect festive side dish. Never tried a stir fry with paneer and dry fruits. Thanks for the share .would definitely give this a try.

  11. Meghna.

    The shufta looks gorgeous, would love to try it out very soon and what an interesting combo dear 🙂

  12. JollyHomemadeRecipes

    what a gorgeous looking dessert, this is simple yet flavourful dish. Interesting combo paneer with dry fruits,amazing.

  13. Nisha

    Love the sweet and richness in the Kashmiri cuisine. Their unique signature style and this recipe is just too good. Am bookmarking this.

  14. Shalu

    This Shufta looks sooo sooo amazing!! Awesome share from the beautiful valley.

  15. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen
    Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Such a rich and royal dessert , simple yet bursting with warm flavors of cinnamon, pepper and ginger !! Wonderful share ❤️

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