Pahalgam fosters a subtle distinctness in its cuisine from its neighbours in the state. The preparations that give it this hint of uniqueness include Matschgand
(minced lamb meatballs in spicy red gravy), Kaanti
(lamb pieces in red hot gravy, usually eaten as a snack and not part of the main course). Other popular items are Modur Pulaav
(Sweet Pulao, usually as a dessert), Muj Gaad
(Fish with Radish), Nadir-Haaq/Gogji/Monji
(lotus stems cooked with Spinach or Radish), Marcha-wangan korma and Syoon Olav
(Meat with Potatoes cooked in spicy gravy).