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Cuisine of the Mughals: Akbar (1542-1605)

Akbar (1542-1605) Akbar’s childhood was spent in present day Afghanistan. From his Persian mother, he inherited princely manners, his love for literature and the arts. And from his Turkish father came his fierce energy, his love for war and his ability to command. Later, he learned to absorb what was genuinely Indian. The Ain-i-Akbari, a […]

Cuisine of the Mughals: Humayun (1508-1556)

Humayun (1508-1556) Humayun, the beloved father of Akbar, ascended the throne amidst great festivities in 1530. He had acquired proficiency in the arts and science in his early years. He was very fond of poetry and had great skill in that. He was also adept at astronomy and in geography. Persian craftsmen, especially painters of […]

Cuisine of the Mughals: Babur (1494-1530)

Babur (1494-1530) Babur was born in Ferghana, in Transoxiana, modern Uzbekistan and Tajikistan; a scion of the dysnasty that had reigned undisputed throughout eastern Iran and Central Asia since the time of Timur. At the age of 12, Babur became the ruler of Ferghana, after his father died. It was a shaky throne and Babur […]

Cuisine of the Mughals

Historian Salma Husain’s book brings back the past with its extensive research into Mughal kitchens and the  food habits and recipes of the emperors: Husain is known in India as the original “kebab lady”—having researched into the beginnings of the kebabs and traced their history back, not to the muslim rule in India, but further […]

Street Foods of India… in pictures

“In the main bazaar of Pahar Ganj, a popular area amongst backpackers who visit Delhi, there is a pakora stand that’s been there since the beginning of time. A fat man used to run it, at the corner of the vegetable market, selling pakoras for ten rupees a  plate. He sat—and is probably still sitting—cross-egged […]

Easy Indian Cookbook by Manju Malhi

When Manju Malhi, the British-Indian celeb TV chef gives me a copy of her new cook book, Easy Indian Cookbook, it is with a message signed on the front page: “Hope the recipes are as spicy as your reviews,” she writes, her affable self pretty evident even in these few lines. So here goes my […]


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