Dining with the Maharajas A Thousand Years of Culinary Tradition

Dining with the Maharajas A Thousand Years of Culinary Tradition

by : Neha Prasada

Publisher : Lustre

Photographer : Ashima Narain

Hardcover | inches | 256 + 68 (Kitchen copy) = 324 pages

ISBN 978-81-7436-874-4

Price per Unit (piece): INR 4,995.00

About this book

The chefs of the Patiala royal household have more than 140 recipes for pulao in their repertoire. The Rampur royal family used to serve a minimum of 200 dishes at banquets given for visiting heads of state. The royal kitchen of Mahmudabad has in its collection a recipe for a dessert called Sahnak, which is originally attributed to Empress Nur Jehan. The Sailana royal family had skilled chefs who made puris, which when broken had a bird flying out of each of them. In the book, the royals share anecdotes about their and their ancestors’ signature styles of cooking, entertaining, and presentation of food. Dining with the Maharajas showcases the extraordinarily rich culinary traditions of the royal families of Hyderabad, Jammu and Kashmir, Jodhpur, Mahmudabad, Mysore, Patiala, Rampur, Sailana, Tripura, Udaipur and in the process presents the variety and distinctness of royal cuisines. It highlights their unwavering dedication to preserving their centuries-old food traditions and achieving perfection in cooking. The excellence in Indian cooking and the fine dining are most evident on the dining tables of the maharajas who have turned cooking into an art form. Much to the delight of food lovers the original royal recipes featured in the book and the accompanying kitchen copy unfold the exotic traditional creations from the royal kitchens. Some of these are secret recipes that have never been published before.

About the author

Neha Prasada is a contributing editor to Architectural Digest magazine. She has reported for the Times of India, The India Today Group, and Network 18 on health, politics, governance, environment, and social issues. With a keen interest in food and world cuisine, she is a closet chef. Dining with the Maharajas is her debut book.

About the Photographer

Ashima Narain is currently Photo Editor, National Geographic Traveller India magazine and has worked as a portrait, fashion, advertising, wildlife, and documentary photographer. She is the recipient of the Commonwealth Photographer of the Year (2004) and the Ramnath Goenka Nature and Environment Photographer of the Year 2006.

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