Moghul Cuisine

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Moghul Cuisine an important part of the cuisine of India, especially in the north.

Moghul is the Indian version of Mongol. The Mongol Empire was by far the greatest force in Asia in the Middle Ages. At its height, under the successors of the mighty Genghis Khan, it covered most of the known world. One enormous part of this empire was inherited by the leader Babur who ruled a region which included Afghanistan, much of Persia, and the north of the Indian subcontinent. His own favourite place was Kabul in Afghanistan, where he is buried, but the dynasty he founded, which reached its greatest magnificence under his grandson Akbar the Great, was based in India and drew its culinary inspiration(s) from Persia. Hence the introduction to India through the Moghul court, over a period of two centuries, of many highly refined and beautiful Persian dishes which were further developed and embellished in their new environment, often by chefs who had been trained in C. Asian or Persian styles of cooking.