Mahseer is a carp found in the shimmering freshwater riversof Himalaya especially Jhelum. Kashmiris prized this fish. Since Pakistan constructed Mangla Dam on the river in 1967, it became almost extinct on Indian side of the border.
Scientific name of Mahseer is Tor Tor. It is a huge fish with size going up to 9 feet and weight more than 50 kilograms and has great strength and is very difficult to get hold of. That is why it got the moniker “tiger in the water”. Incidentally, Kashmiri brahmins are heavy non-vegetarians. Meat is the main ingredient of their diet.