The preparation of the Wazwan traditionally happens in the courtyard of the host, and the Vasta Waz or the head chef and his team of Wazas begin planning for the feast weeks ahead. Since this is a meat-heavy meal, the role of the wazas handling the meat is an important one and requires years of skill and practise to perfect. It's usually difficult to gain access to the preparation process but @sumedhnatu
's friend @rayitqazi
in Srinagar hooked us up with a visit to his personal Waza Nasir's kitchen!
A few of the courses in the Wazwan such as the Rista, Gushtaba and the Lahabi Kebab require the meat to be pounded into a smooth paste, and the number of wazas lined up to pound the meat are usually determined by the size of the wedding party, extending up to over a dozen men for large functions. Irrespective of the monotony involved in the craft, I could sense that these cooks enjoyed what they did and it was more than just a job for them, a calling even perhaps.
A Wazwan is a traditional multi-course meal usually served in Kashmiri weddings with a menu that usually spans 15 to 30 dishes! It's essentially a feast, an indulgent tasting menu eaten community-style on round copper platters called Trammi. Although it is heavily meat focussed, there is a specific order of dishes served starting with kebabs and ending with gushtaba, with a whole range of flavors, colours and textures in between.
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