Mughlai cuisine as the name suggests consists of dishes developed in the medieval Indo-Persian cultural centres of the Mughal Empire. It represents a mixture of South Asian cuisine with the cooking styles and recipes of Central Asian and Iranian cuisine.
A Slight Glance At Its History
This type of cuisine which dates back to the history of Mughal emperors involved use of a lot of spices.
Although emperor Babur didn’t live long enough to express his love for the type of foods he devoured, he did set a trend by hiring the Hindu chefs to prepare Persian-style dishes with Indian ingredients. It was during the reign of his successor, emperor Humayun, that dried fruits and nuts were incorporated into recipes for sweets, sauces and rice.
Its was during the reign of Shah Jahan when the invention of Mughlai food was at its peak. Lamb kebabs, rice pilaf ramped up a notch into the newly developed biryani, and silver and gold foils used to enhance the appearance and richness of foods.
The best place for all the Mughlai items that can be found in one restaurant is none other than- Aminia. Having been in the business since 1929 it is the best Mughlai restaurant in kolkata that offers quality food at a much reasonable price.
Aminia having its tagline as ”the taste you love”, is most famous for its biryanis. It’s not just us but the multiple awards won by the restaurant that speaks for itself. The growing demand has got the restaurant to open its branches in eight different locations, the oldest and the first being in New market.
Most famous Mughlai dishes that can be found in the restaurant
How can biryani not top the list of best Mughlai dishes? Wouldn’t it be unjust? Biryani is one dish in Mughlai cuisine whose name is itself enough. Some popular types of biryani available in India include beef biryani, mutton biryani, Hyderabadi biryani, tehri. Biriyani is the most loved food across India. It Turns out Biriyani has become one of the most ordered food item in the year 2017, according to order analysis from food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy, pushing behind all of those dose, Roll and Naans,
The origin of haleem lies in the popular Arabian dish known as Harees. Haleem is a combination of Wheat, Barley and Meat along with spices, the meat can be of Keema, or Mutton or Chicken. Traditionally, the haleem is made over 7-8 hours in a slow cooking method that ensures the flavors meld together and there are traditionalists who only prefer that. Every great Iftar is synonymous with haleem, a hot bowl of haleem is all we need after keeping the fast for the whole day.
The word murgh mussallam means a proper chicken, mussllam meaning “whole” and murgh meaning “chicken”, the dish has got its name through the process of cooking the chicken along with creamy sauce and interesting combination of spices
spicy and tastes amazing when paired up with plain cooked basmati rice, pulao or as a side to go with Rotis.
The Murgh Musallam in Ain-e-Akbaris is referred to Musamman, which later evolved into Murgh Musallam. Therefore what people claim that Murgh Mussallam is one of the thirty dishes mentioned in the Akbarnama written by the Navratan (one of the nine gems in Akbar’s court) Abul Fazl is true.
Mughlai cuisine which dates back to the Mughal empire is still considered as one of the most famous and royal cuisines in India. And if by any chance you are in Kolkata and would like to try it, Aminia is a one-stop-shop where you can cherish all the delicacies!