After tasting the unique food of Himachal, lets set foot in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir Valley is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape and Jammu is known for the various shrines.

A few areas of this state have been a bone of contention with the neighboring countries. So the tourism in this state is badly affected but yet thousands of pilgrims throng the shrines of Jammu.

Though the majority of the people there follow Islam, Hindus, Buddhists and other religious communities also form part of the population. 

When we talk about Kashmiri cuisine, it is rich and varied. One such is this nutty sweetmeat called Shufta. It is typically served with the noon meal. I define this as Addictive. 

While you evaluate the addictive-ness of Shufta I am off to another state, Jharkhand. See you there, tomorrow!

Recipe Source here and here
Ingredients - 

Paneer , cubed into 1/2 inch, 1/2 cup
Walnuts, chopped into bite size pieces, handful
Almonds, blanched and chopped, handful
Cashews, chopped into bite size pieces, handful
Dry Coconut, finely chopped handful (I used grated coconut)
Raisins, handful
Dry Dates pitted and chopped, handful
Sugar 4-5 Tbsp
Saffron a pinch soaked in 1 Tbsp of water
Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon and Cardamom Powders couple pinches each 
Ghee  1 Tbsp


Method Of Preparation -

Soak walnuts, cashews, dry dates and raisins in a cup of water for about 30 min. Drain and set aside.

In a heated pan, add ghee and fry the cubed paneer until all the cubes are uniformly golden brown. Remove and drain onto paper towels.

In the same pan with the remaining ghee fry the soaked and drained nuts. Also add the coconut and the blanched almonds.

After the nuts are fried to golden brown, add the Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon and Cardamom Powders. Mix well and add 1/2 cup of water and let it come to a rolling boil.

Add sugar and saffron along with the water it was soaked it and cook until the sugar syrup thickens.

Remove and garnish with coconut powder. Serve warm.


Preparation Time soaking time 30 min + cooking time 20 min
Makes 1 1/2 cups


  1. Oh how I love this nutty sweet. .but only for calories. .wonderful choice for the state.

  2. Anonymous Says:
  3. wonderful recipe dear :)

  4. yummy sweet..

  5. Delicious and lovely looking Kashmiri dish. Excellent preparation.

  6. Interesting recipe. With all those nuts and fried paneer soaked in sugar must have tasted heavenly. Nice choice for the state.

  7. That is one very rich dish. Turned out really good.

  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Omg, wat a fantastic shufta, rich nutty and absolutely a delicious Kashmiri dish.

  10. Unknown Says:
  11. such a rich dish!!! wow, so beautifully done..

  12. perfect combination of flavors and lovely use of paneer to make it vegetarian..i will try this recipe with mushrooms

  13. Yummy looking sweet,sounds inviting...

  14. With all the nuts, dry fruits and paneer, this looks like a rich sweet. Delicious!!

  15. I remember watching a TV show like a cooking competition where sanjeev kapoor made this kashmiri delicacy!!! It looks absolutely yummy!!! So Rich and divine!!!

  16. Absolutely delicious sweet with all wonderful ingredients..

  17. jayanthi Says:
  18. paneer and nuts in a sweet dish.. sounds fantastic.. looks addictive

  19. Suma Gandlur Says:
  20. This is now interesting. Is it like a chaat?

  21. Srivalli Says:
  22. I read about this when Vaishali made it for the Kashmiri Thali..I so wanted to make her thali, but it was simply too much for me..

  23. Srivalli Says:
  24. and oh your plate looks so yum!..maybe I could try a small quantity..:)

  25. Pavani Says:
  26. That is such a yummy and interesting dish.

  27. this one is new to me - looks so luscious

  28. Archana Says:
  29. Shufta looks delicious. Your plate makes me drool.

  30. Unknown Says:
  31. omg such an nutty and delicious shufta :) looks very tempting dear !! drooling here !!

  32. Padmajha Says:
  33. Such a heavenly dish.Who cares about calories when this is served once in a while!

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