Food is often seen as a historical treasure of the culture and traditions of an era gone by. It is no less than a character from the history of a time that the present find ways to understand. Delicacies, cuisine, ingredients, cooking techniques and especially recipes from a particular time give us a sneak-peek into the people's lives, we only know from books and movies. The Mughal era, for instance, is one such example about which the world is curious to know the minutest of details. And its preserved culinary information is one of the finest ways to realise how Mughals ate lavishly to their heart’s content.

As per many food historians and experts, the fascinating Mughal cuisine transformed into a melting pot of various cultures when Shah Jahan moved to Delhi from Agra. The cuisine is borrowed heavily from the best of Turkish, Afghani and Persian cuisines and thanks to the culinary expertise of the Mughal ‘Khansamas’, the global influence was then married with the flavours of north India. Especially that of Kashmiri and Punjabi cuisines. It resulted in a beautiful amalgamation of Mughlai cuisine that we know today in the form of kormas and kebabs. Not to forget, the use of rich and crunchy nuts is also a takeaway from Mughlai cuisine!  

And if you think that Mughlai cuisine only contributed to the likes of non-vegetarians, shahi paneer, shahi mushrooms, or Kaju aloo are sure to impress.  Here are five classic Mughlai dishes that you must include in your next feast at home!

1. Nihari

The king of mutton delicacies, NIhari is a comforting slow-cooked stew made with an aromatic combination of rich spices and herbs, including cardamom, cinnamon and chillies.

2. Baqarkhani

This is perhaps the result of the Mughals love for sweet and nuts they tried to incorporate into bread. Baqarkhani is best served with kofta curry.

3. Galouti Kebab

Soft, succulent, and irresistible Galouti kebab is where every non-vegetarian's heart lies. This melt-in-mouth delicacy is said to have been invented for Nawab Asa-ud-Daula, who had lost most of his dentures due to old age.

4. Nargisi Kofta

Perhaps one of the most popular from many Kofta curries, Nargisi kofta has balls of flavourful minced meat wrapped in an egg, deep-fried and doused in a yummy gravy.

5. Chicken Korma

Packed with nuts, yoghurt and a host of spices, this chicken curry recipe is a true-blue ode to the lavish feast of Mughals.