Nawabi Khansame (Issue 1)

kali-gajar ka halwa
kali-gajar ka halwa

Nawab – The word was an honorary title ratified by any ruler to a Muslim person of an autonomous majority, or to put it in simple words,they were the ones who ruled a small region under the reign of a major ruler. They were public figures to be looked upto with high respect. The ruling part has gone now but the honor and public-figure idea still prevails with anyone who carries that prefix to his name. These people hold the extra-ordinary responsibility of being father-figure and sole representative of their region, which puts them in quite a vulnerable position.

galwat ke kawab
galwat ke kawab
Mutton Qorma
Mutton Qorma

A person of such caliber also needs something extra-ordinary to satisfy his hunger too, which is quite an acceptable situation. Luckily most of them are great chefs themselves, who understand the intricacies involved in cooking, even to its micro levels and they train a personal team of their own which becomes kind of a cult when they out head in public and cook for them.

Barra murg
Barra murg
Shahi tukda
Shahi tukda

Now, luckily, a lot of these people have gotten into this field professionally and hold a brilliant team of chefs under them who can stir a miracle out of a smelting pan. One such team is headed by Mr. Amir Khan in Kanpur who has a brilliant team of chefs. His team can cook all Awadhi cuisines on a strict large-scale order, and I was lucky to experience his food for almost a complete week, twice a day just under my roof.

Seekh Kawab
Seekh Kawab
Mutton stew with khare-masale
Mutton stew with khare-masale

This team cooks the delicacies of Awadh region i.e. Lucknow-Kanpur-Unnao-Faizabad-Sitapur-Raibarely and a lot more small locations. Instead of dissecting every dish I would simply showcase the food and let you decide on your own if the food was drool-worthy or not?

Yakhni pulao
Yakhni pulao
Handia kheer
Handia kheer
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