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Has UNESCO Declared ‘Rogan Josh’ As Best Dish In The World? Here Is All You Need To Know

Umran Hussain

Food lovers, particularly those associated with the food industry in Kashmir are seen celebrating a fake news carried by The New York Times, citing ‘Rogan Josh’ as the best dish in the world.

A screenshot shared by various News Portals and personal profiles across almost all social media platforms is viral with the claim that the news item has been carried by The New York Times on 23rd August.

Upon checking the authenticity of the viral screenshot, our team found that no such News Item was carried by The New York Times on 23rd August in its ‘Food Section’.

It is pertinent to mention here that The Food section of The New York Times publishes feature stories, food news and restaurant reviews.

Moreover, nothing related to categorization based on taste or any other quality of foods is found on the official website of the UNESCO.

However, Taste Atlas (an online travel guide on traditional food) recently released its list of ’50 Best Rated Lamb Dishes in the World, and of the 50 best-rated lamb dishes listed, two are Indian with India’s Rogan Josh bagging the 23rd spot and Galouti Kebab bagging the 26th position.

Rogan Josh is an aromatic curried meat dish originating from Kashmir. It is made with red meat – traditionally lamb, mutton, or goat and coloured and flavoured primarily by alkanet flower (or root) and Kashmiri chilies. It is considered as one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine.



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