August 8, 2022
Rampur Ka Halwa: Two Most Unique Indian Halwas That You Will Only Find In Rampur

Rampur Ka Halwa: Just imagine a dish served in earthen pots, lamb slow-cooked for hours which is filled with the magical aroma and rich flavor of whole spices and ground spices. Now come out of the world of fantasies to find such a taste in Rampur. Yes, Rampuri cuisine is the quintessential ‘Etiquette Cuisine’ of India where every dish has been secretly preserved for centuries by the chefs of the royal kitchen and the most interesting thing is that each dish has its own interesting story. So let’s get acquainted with the royal cuisine of Rampur and their interesting history.

The history of the royal cuisine of Rampur dates back to 1774.

When Faziullah Khan founded the city under the tutelage of a British commander, Colonel Champion. During this period, many cooks from the surrounding areas migrated to Rampur to serve the Maharajas. Mughal cuisine is famous for using a combination of cooking styles from North India and Central Asia. Rampuri cuisine, which is an integral part of Mughlai cuisine, has also been heavily influenced by various cuisines such as Afghani, Laknawi, Kashmiri and Awadhi. But, unlike the ghee-filled taste and creamy texture of the famous Lucknowi or Awadhi cuisine, Rampuri food is beautiful in its simplicity and has its own distinct flavour.

“While Lucknowi cuisine uses more sugar and yogurt, Rampuri cuisine uses lots of fresh coriander and yellow pepper,” shares Chef Bhura Khan, who was highly influenced by his father and began cooking for the royal household. and then became the personal of the Nawab.

Other royal cooks of Ramouri curry and biryani made in pottery

Let us tell you that in Rampur, Chef Mahfooz Qureshi was influenced by the culinary expertise of his grandfather and great-grandfather. When he joined his father in the royal kitchen, his cooking skills earned him praise from Nawab Kaziyali Khan, who hired him as his personal chef. According to him one thing that sets Rampuri cuisine apart from other cuisines is the use of locally grown spices and vegetables. Yes, some local spices that are used in large quantities in the cuisine there include fennel, coriander, bay leaves, nutmeg, mace, lentils, badan sour, white cardamom and yellow sago chilli etc. Which are available only in Rampur. Apart from this, locally grown vegetables and a lot of potatoes are also used in the cuisine here.

It is worth mentioning that another distinguishing fact about the dishes is that a special blend of spices is used for each dish. For example, biryani in Rampur consists of a mixture of ginger, onion and roots of mace, jaiphal (nutmeg) and khus. Similarly, Rampuri Korma is identified by its strong red gravy, which is very different from the others with a white gravy rich in cashews. Interestingly, it is also believed that the use of gourd and papaya to soften meat for succulent kebabs as well as the use of varak was first discovered in the kitchen of Rampuri.

Let us tell you that apart from the famous Rampuri Korma, the unique sweets found here also make people drenched with amazing taste. The taste and recipe of this halwa is very unique and amazing. It is possible that after listening and knowing, your head must be baffled once.

meat pudding

Halwa is one of the most versatile dishes available in Rampur which has been adapted into different styles with different ingredients in different regions of our country. The earlier Nawabs of the city started experimenting with Rampuri cuisine, trying out new flavors using traditional ingredients and so came Gosht Halwa, Machi Ka Halwa, Mirchi Ka Halwa and Adrak Ka Halwa. Certainly, not for the faint-hearted. These dishes of the bygone era are popular even today as the tradition of making them is going on through generations of cooks.

ginger pudding

Brown and beautiful looking ginger pudding. Let us tell you that it is made from grated ginger, milk, sugar and desi ghee and it is cooked for 3 to 4 hours to enhance its taste. It is finally mixed with zafran and chironji to add a bit of crunch to an otherwise gooey pudding-like dessert. It is to be mentioned that it is believed that one of the descendants of Nawab Khan was advised to eat ginger to recover from illness and to be healthy. Due to its pungent taste, the Nawab would not have it and would find excuses to avoid it. This is when the cooks of the royal kitchen put on their thinking cap and prepare a sweet dessert to get her her daily dose of ginger.

When served, the Nawab liked it so much that he ate the dessert twice and did not realize that it was made of ginger! Soon, ginger pudding became a royal tradition in the family. Sweetest, on the other hand, is a sweet mix of vegetables like beetroot, carrot, gourd, pumpkin and local produce. One would expect to find these vegetables in a savory dish, but this traditional sweet from Rampur is full of their fresh flavour. All the vegetables are cut into very small pieces and then cooked with milk, mawa and lots of dry fruits. The taste is as unique and satisfying as the combination of ingredients. Significantly, the bright and lovely Sabz Ka Halwa we admire how the simplest of ingredients in Rampuri recipes are transformed into extraordinary examples of culinary excellence. If you ever go to Rampur, then definitely try it there.

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