Wednesday April 25, 2018

Kalari : A Unique Traditional Cheese of Jammu and Kashmir

Kalari cheese is a lesser known cheese in the world. It is produced in Jammu and is described to be as delicious as the mozzarella.

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Packaged Kalari Cheese. Image Source : himalayancheese.com
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  • Jammu produces an indigenous type of cheese called Kalari
  • The raw material for Kalari is the milk that is mainly obtained from the Gujjars
  • Kalari is often described to be as delicious as the world renowned mozzarella cheese

Jammu is known all over the world because of the Vaishno Devi Temple. But what remains a mystery is how people are still not aware of the beautiful cuisine of Jammu. Not only cuisine, Jammu excels in dairy products due the vast expanse of pasture lands it has. In fact, Kalari cheese, an indigenous type of cheese made in Jammu is one of the delicacies of Jammu.

In olden days, it used to be made from raw milk fat. There used to be a vigorous process of preparing the cheese. It is so delicious that it is often termed as the mozzarella cheese of Jammu. Cheese markets and producers are widely familiar with this brand of Indian cheese.

The famous Kalari Kulcha. Image Source : traveltriangle.com
The famous Kalari Kulcha. Image Source : traveltriangle.com

The betterindia.com article said, in Jammu, kalari is used to make snacks as well. Fried in the fat, it is garnished with spices and served hot. While the exterior has a crunch taste, inside it is soft and gooey. The Kalari Kulcha is a street snack which is highly in demand in Jammu.

The traditional Gujjar people. Image Source : justconservation.org
The traditional Gujjar people. Image Source : justconservation.org

Today, the milk is still available in Jammu owing to the great number of nomadic farmers who have cattle and whose livelihoods depend on upon cattle dairy. In Kashmir, there is a place called Pahalgam which is the home to a small Himalayan Cheese factory. There, every possible kind of Kalari and Gouda cheese are found. The founder, Chris Zandee and his manager help the Gujjars or the nomadic cattle raisers to increase the milk production, mentioned the betterindia.com report.

So, next time you are in Jammu and Kashmir, do not forget to try out this exotic Indian cheese!

-prepared by Atreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram.

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    Kalari is unique to Jammu and Kashmir. It is usually made of Cow’s and buffalo’s milk but Kalari made of Goat’s milk is also available.

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It’s no secret that Americans have a taste for fast food. In fact, almost one in four Americans eats it daily, according to a report from CBS News. However, the amount of fast food consumed varies depending on the region, according to a new report from Texas-based Datafiniti, which broke down some of the data about Americans fast food habit.

For example, the central and southern states boast the highest concentrations of fast food restaurants per capita, with Alabama as the state with the most. The northeastern states have the fewest and are led by Vermont, New Jersey and New York.

“The Central region, at 4.5 fast food restaurants per 10K residents, has the highest number of fast food restaurants per capita,” the company wrote in a news release. “The South is close behind with 4.4. The Eastern region has the fewest with just 2.5 fast food restaurants per 10K residents.”

Alabama has 6.3 restaurants per 10,000 residents, the most of any state. Of the top 10 states, nine were in the South. Nebraska and Indiana were the only non-southern states in the top 10 with 5.4 and 5 restaurants per 10,000 residents respectively.

Vermont, for example, has only 1.9 fast-food restaurants per 10,000 residents. Orlando, Cincinnati and Las Vegas boast the highest number of fast food restaurants per capita, with New York having the fewest. California has four cities among the top 10, with the fewest restaurants.

McDonald’s, which is the second largest chain of fast food restaurants, can be found in every American city, and Orlando and Las Vegas have the most per capita with 20.9 and 13.9 McDonald’s per 100,000 residents.

What is the largest fast-food chain? Subway, which has 18.5 percent of all fast food restaurants. McDonald’s has 11.3 percent. Behind them, in third, is Burger King, which has 5.7 percent.

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“Southern and Central states are the place to go if you love fast food; head to the East or out West if you don’t,” Datafiniti wrote. “Southern cities have abundant options for fast food, particularly in Florida; head to California if you don’t want to eat on the go.

“As for McDonald’s, it appears that this major restaurant chain has spread to every corner of America. Head to California if you don’t like the golden arches, and head basically anywhere else if you do.”  VOA