Latest News

  • Home
  • Food & Health
  • Sheer Khurma To Murgh Musallam, 13 Mughlai Dishes That The Mughal Emperors Left Us
Sheer Khurma To Murgh Musallam, 13 Mughlai Dishes That The Mughal Emperors Left Us
11 March 2019 IST
Sheer Khurma To Murgh Musallam, 13 Mughlai Dishes That The Mughal Emperors Left Us

India has a diverse culture and owing to its rich history. But no one influenced the food of India the way the Mughals did. Most of our favourite meaty dishes are Mughlai delights that have our palates craving for more every time we eat them. These dishes evolved in the medieval times and over centuries have been transformed into the dishes that we know and love today. While we are well versed with the names of some dishes, here are 13 dishes in Mughlai food that you need to try right now:

 
 

The Mughal Influence On Indian Food
 
The term Mughlai Food is associated with a combination of food that originated in the Mughal Kitchens from the time of Babar. In his autobiography, Babarnama, you can find mentions of dishes like kebabs and kormas. While the Mughals were majorly Muslims who do not eat pork and some very few Hindus in the court who do not eat beef, the majority of dishes prepared in the Mughal Kitchens avoided these two types of meat and focussed on lamb and different types of fowls. The influence of Mughlai Cuisines is widely found in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. Awadh in itself has a strong Mughal influence and till date, emanates a royal aura in all the food available, even on the streets. 
 
Mughlai Food We Can't Get Enough Of
 
1. Haleem (Khichda)
 
 
A minced stew of barley, wheat and meat with the occasional inclusion of lentils, this popular meaty delight has its roots in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The preparation of haleem varies from region to region and is a perfect dish for cold winters.
 
2. Reshmi Kebabs
 
 
One of the more traditional Mughlai preparations popular in India, the reshmi kebabs get their name from the succulent meat that takes form after being marinated for prolonged hours and being lightly braised. Traditionally, chicken, beef or lamb meat is used to prepare these kebabs, but prawns are good substitutes too for this smooth as silk kebabs.
 
3. Biryani
 
 
Yes, our favourite biryani is also a gift from the royal Mughals. While we link the biryanis to the royal kitchens of the Nawabs of Hyderabad, the origin of biryani has roots in the Mughal Sultanate. This layered concoction with coarse spices, aromatic rice and beautifully cooked chicken.
 
4. Mughlai Paratha
 
The famous Bengali Mughlai parantha was actually invented during Jahangir's reign, wherein an anda paratha was discovered and served with keema to the emperor. It is a square shaped packed paratha and is a meal in itself. 
 
5. Rogan Josh
 
 
One of the signature dishes of Kashmiri cuisines, rogan josh also called roghan gosht is a gift from the Persians and the Mughals. It's a gravy dish with small chunks of braised lamb cooked in a thick broth of ginger, garlic and onion with other coarse spices.
 
6. Qeema Matar
 
This dish is in exact semblance with its name. The qeema matar is a perfect combination of minced meat cooked with peas, which turns out to become a mighty delicious dish. You can eat this with the bread of your choice. 
 
7. Malai Kofta
 
 
Malai Kofta is a Mughlai dish with creamy and thick gravy with fried paneer koftas. It can be called the Mughal version of cheeseballs, even though there is a huge difference in the gravy and the preparation of the dish. 
 
8. Murgh Musallam
 
 
Ever tried a whole chicken stuffed with ground spices and coarse vegetables? We are not talking about the Thanksgiving turkey, which is only popular in other cultures. The Mughals left us a royal dish called murgh musallam which has chicken marinated in ginger garlic paste, stuffed with eggs and cooked in spices like saffron to add flavour.
 

 
 

9. Pasanda
 
 
Originated in the Mughal court, the dish is a popular meal in Pakistan. To cook this dish, the beef or mutton is tenderised by marinating in yoghurt. The yoghurt is also used as a cooking sauce which gives out great flavours and adds substantially to the whole meal.
 
10. Rezala
 
A popular white gravy preparation of meat which again took form in the Mughal court. The rezala can be cooked with the meat of your choice and the final dish has a thin broth like gravy with tender juicy meat crowning the meal.
 
11. Shahi Tukda
 
Shahi Tukda or double ka meetha as it’s known in Hyderabad is a popular sweet dish. The dish is an Indian pudding sweet made of fried bread slices soaked in milk. It’s is a rich bread pudding with dry fruits, flavoured with cardamom and is a favourite of many people!
 
12. Sheer Khurma
 
 
The literal meaning of sheer khurma is “milk with dates” in Persian. Sheer khurma is a festive vermicellii pudding specially prepared during Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. 
 
13. Shahi Kaju Aloo
 
Now something delightful for the vegetarians. The rich Mughlai Shahi Kaju Aloo Ki Sabzi is a rich creamy curry prepared with cashews, milk, and curd. You can devour the dish with a plateful of your favourite aromatic rice or your choice of bread.
 
Hope this list enlightened you about the popular dishes that the Mughals left us and which have now conquered the kitchens of Indian restaurants. Share this list with all your friends who are in love with Mughlai food and make their day. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Related Topics

 
 
 

Trending News & Articles

 Article
10 Amazing Benefits Of Bael (Kaitha)

Bael, also known as the “Wood Apple”, is a species native to India. The bael tree is considered to be sacred to the Hindus. A famous drink known as sh...

Recently posted . 3K views . 2 min read
 

 Article
11 Surprising Benefits Of Wood Apple Or Bael Fruit

The health benefits of wood apple include [1] relief from constipation, indigestion, peptic ulcer, piles, respiratory problems, diarrhea, and dysentery. It also b...

Recently posted . 2K views . 2 min read
 

 Article
12 Early Signs Of Lung Cancer To Never Ignore

Lung cancer is usually not noticeable during the early stages. Most people are diagnosed when the disease is at an advanced stage. According to Cancer.org, it is ...

Recently posted . 2K views . 2 min read
 

 Article
8 Signs of Breast Cancer In Men

Breast cancer in men is very rare, with only one chance in one thousand (1/1000) of diagnosis. Even so, breast cancer in men is just as serious as that which wome...

Recently posted . 2K views . 2 min read
 

 
 

More in Food & Health

 Article
A Patient Recovered From Coronavirus Shares How To Handle It

Coronavirus: The 37-year-old, who has a PhD in bioengineering, said she was sharing her story "to give people a little bit of hope" throu...

Recently posted. 739 views . 1 min read
 

 Article
Excess phosphorous causes chronic kidney diseases

Excess phosphorous in a human frame can reason chronic kidney sicknesses, such as hyperphosphatemia -- wherein phosphate degrees shoot up abnormally high, docs stat...

Recently posted. 500 views . 16 min read
 

 Article
This Healthy Food Guide Is Your Go-To Source Of Nutritious Ingredients

The food you eat makes a big difference to your health and quality of life. Although eating healthy is fairly simple, it's a good practice to have a healthy foo...

Recently posted. 620 views . 4 min read
 

 Reviews
Best Air Conditioners Online in India | 2018



Recently posted . 893 views . 480 min read
 

 Article
How to Grow Lemons At Home And Never Buy Them Again

There’s nothing wrong with buying your produce at the store. It’s convenient and everyone does it. But some fruits are somewhat annoying to continue b...

Recently posted. 565 views . 2 min read
 

 Article
5 late night food places to hangout in Delhi

Delhi's late night food doesn't belong to some fancy hotels or restaurants instead it is from roadside stalls, dhabas, small tea huts.  ...

Recently posted. 530 views . 1 min read
 

 
 
 

   Prashnavali

  Thought of the Day

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be the first one to comment on this story

Close
Post Comment
Shibu Chandran
2 hours ago

Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

November 28, 2016 05:00 IST
Shibu Chandran
2 hours ago

Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

November 28, 2016 05:00 IST
Shibu Chandran
2 hours ago

Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

November 28, 2016 05:00 IST
Shibu Chandran
2 hours ago

Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

November 28, 2016 05:00 IST


ads
Back To Top