Kashmiris have developed the art of cooking to a very high degree of sophistication and evolved a cuisine quite distinct from that of any part of the world.
Kashmiris are very passionate about food and consume meat voraciously. The ultimate formal banquet (Wazwan) is a royal cuisine comprising of approximately thirty-six dishes of mutton cooked overnight under the supervision of a master-chef called "wouste waze". Wazwan is usually cooked and served to guests on special occasions and family gatherings such as marriage parties etc. At these feasts, the guests are seated in groups of four, sharing their meal from a single large metal plate called Tramie (or traem).
Tea is drunk in copious amounts. Nun Chai (salty tea) and Kehwa (saffron tea with almonds) are particularly popular.