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Last Updated : Sep 14,2021



मुगलई - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Mughlai recipes in Hindi)
મુઘલાઇ વ્યંજન - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Mughlai recipes in Gujarati)

Indian Mughlai Recipes | Mughlai Dishes in India | Vegetarian Mughlai Food | Mughlai Cuisine

Indian Mughlai Recipes | Mughlai Dishes in India | Vegetarian Mughlai Food | Mughlai Cuisine. Mughlai cuisine is one that has stood the test of time. Brought to our country by the Mughals, it continues to be a favourite, especially on special occasions that call for rich food. Loaded with ghee, dry fruits, saffron, and other dairy products and spices, authentic Mughal cuisine is very rich and heavy. However, nowadays there are lighter variants being made by replacing some ingredients and cooking methods with low-fat alternatives.

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This section introduces you to authentic Mughal cuisine, including a whole range of traditional favourites spanning all courses of a meal. You will find that there is a very large variety of Mughlai dishes, ranging from mild and creamy to extremely spicy ones. Take your pick from the innumerable choices we have in this section. From koftas and kebabs to biryani and mithai, you will find most popular dishes as well as some lesser known delights in this section.

Mughlai Indian Vegetarian Starter Recipes

Makhmali paneer tikka delicacy is one of the most popular starters in Indian restaurants. Cottage cheese marinated in a hung curd and cheese, strung into skewer sticks, and cooked in a wood-fired tandoor but here we have got you a Mughlai makhmali paneer tikka in an oven that needs no tandoor and can be easily made in an oven. 

Makhmali Paneer Tikka Made in Oven, TawaMakhmali Paneer Tikka Made in Oven, Tawa

Making makhmali paneer tikka is super easy, all you need to do is marinate paneer for half an hour, cook and it is ready to be relished. We have made the marination with hung curd, cheese spread, cashewnut powder and garam masala. 

Afghani paneer tikka is also from the kitchens of Mughals. Learn how to make restaurant style Afghani paneer. The Mughal maharajas had an umpteen number of chefs who spent laborious hours toiling in the kitchens to prepare the perfect meal. They ground most ingredients to powders to ensure the perfect eating experience. The spice powder of this paneer Afghani, is a classic example of this.

Afghani PaneerAfghani Paneer

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Mughlai Indian Vegetarian Roti and Naan Recipes

A traditional bread from the imperial Mughal times, the Mughlai Roti recipe features a plain flour roti aesthetically flavoured with aniseeds powder. Follow the kneading and leavening procedure exactly as mentioned to get the best texture. You can enhance the flavour and aroma of the Moghlai Roti by crushing the aniseeds with a mortar and pestle instead of powdering it in a mixer-grinder.

Moghlai RotiMoghlai Roti

Think Nawabi, and luxury is the first word that comes to mind! Indeed, what better way to recreate that richness than by using mixed nuts. This scrumptious Nawabi Naan is an amazing creation of traditional tandoori naan studded with nuts. This gives you a lovely texture and mildly sweet flavour as you chew on the naan. Once you sprinkle the nuts on the rolled dough, roll it lightly once again, so that they stick to the dough and do not fall off when cooked in the tava. Serve this naan with a tangy, spicy Subzis / Curries to make a memorable meal.

Nawabi NaanNawabi Naan

Sheermal is a mildly-sweet, saffron-flavoured naan popular in the Indo-Pak sub-continent. While this Moghul delight is traditionally prepared in a tandoor, it can also be comfortably prepared in a Tava in the convenience of your own kitchen. Using warm milk and spices in the dough gives it a really rich flavour, which makes this usable as a main course as well as a standalone snack that you can have with tea. Do not forget to brush the Sheermal with a little ghee before serving, as it accentuates the aroma manifold.

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Mughlai Indian Vegetarian Sabzi Recipes

Baingan musallam recipe is a rich sabzi with a vibrant mouth-feel. You will surely enjoy the mix of flavours and textures. A delightful combination of brinjals and tomatoes with spices and fresh cream, the shahi baingan sabzi has a luscious texture and mouth-watering flavour. It has an intense flavour and aroma, which will linger on your palate for a long time.

Baingan Musallam, Mughlai Baingan MasalaBaingan Musallam, Mughlai Baingan Masala

While the traditional Mughlai baingan masala uses whole brinjals, we have chopped it to make it easier to cook and consume. Enjoy this delicacy with rice or your favourite roti.

Paneer in white gravy is a slightly sweet and slightly spicy gravy for people of all ages. Deliciously soft paneer in a rich and luscious gravy, which is sure to make your main course very, very special. The Mughlai paneer in white gravy features a rich onion-cashew paste, perked up with a special powder and whole spices. Although the gravy does take some time to cook, this Nawabi paneer curry is otherwise quite easy as it makes use of everyday ingredients and simple cooking methods.

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The Mughlas made use of every ingredient in their cooking and in the most unusual ways. Kacche kele ke kofte as the name suggests uses phal or fruit to make the kofta. Raw banana is combined with a few basic spices and deep-fried to make wonderfully tasty kofta. These are eaten with an equally unusual gravy that is a little sweet as it makes use of honey. A must try for everyone!

Kachhe Kele Ke KofteKachhe Kele Ke Kofte

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Mughlai Indian Vegetarian Rice Recipes

Achari paneer pulao is a perfect party fare. Paneer, marinated with achari spices like fennel and nigella is tossed together with rice, which is cooked to perfection with typical spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and caraway. This gives the feeling of having a nice paneer tikka rice with a mild pickle, but it comes in a single package, making it convenient to serve or pack.

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After having seen Mughlai food it is evident that saffron or kesar is a much-loved ingredient that can be used in a number of dishes. Zaffrani Pulao or saffron rice is simply rice prepared with saffron flavouring. Paneer, cashewnuts and raisins make this preparation a rich delicacy that is easy to prepare and that can be cooked up in a jiffy.

Zaffrani PulaoZaffrani Pulao

Sweet rice is a sweet version of pulao with some basic spice and condiments along with sugar. Learn how to make zarda pulao. Try this simple version of the popular zarda pulao. With the addition of saffron, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves, a sweet, spicy aroma fills the whole house kindling everybody’s appetite!

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The presence of the word Shahi always hints at the richness of a recipe.
Indeed, the Shahi Pulao is a rice dish that is loaded with spices, veggies and a horde of other ingredients, which give it a memorable flavour and texture.
While an assortment of spices including saffron and caraway seeds gives this shahi veg pulao preparation a rich aroma, taste and hue, veggies, pineapple and paneer give it a wonderful range of textures. Pineapple also gives the mughlai shahi pulao a juicy tanginess, which you are sure to enjoy.

Shahi PulaoShahi Pulao

Mughals were known to name certain dishes after themselves to signify where they were invented. Shahjahani khichdi is a comforting Mughlai one pot dish meal. It is a super easy dish to make. Shahjahani khichdi recipe is a brilliant khichdi made from rice and moong, this preparation is flavoured with whole garam masalas. Freshly grated coconut and cashew nuts are used to add volume and flavouring to the khichdi.

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Mughlai Indian Dal Recipes

Dal kabila is a mouthwatering Mughlai dal kabila made with urad dal or split black lentils this dal is tempered with whole Kashmiri red chillies that add the spiciness and colour. This dal can be served with rice as well as with rotis or parathas.

Dal Kabila

Dal Kabila

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Dal Mughlai may have originated from the royal kitchens, but this one’s a delight to make in the kitchen as well as relish. Toovar and chana dals are pressure cooked with lauki, tomatoes and turmeric and mixed well, before a tadka of garlic, ginger and jeera is added to it. Delicious!

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Shahjahani dal is a rich dal which combines the unique aroma and flavour of both whole spices and spice powder. This shahjahani chickpea dal is named after the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. A truly magnificent creation, this dal is made with kabuli peas that have been boiled and pureed. It is further perked up with a host of Indian spices for an authentic aroma and taste.

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Mughlai Indian Dessert /Sweet Recipes

Shahi tukda is one of the most popular Indian desserts. True to its name it is a ‘shahi’ delight! Pieces of bread are dipped in delicious saffron flavoured sugar syrup and topped with rich and creamy rabdi. Though rabdi is usually made by thickening milk over the stove for hours we have provided a shorter recipe using condensed milk that tastes just as good! Ghee has been used for frying the bread however you could substitute oil for it if required. If you enjoyed this Mughlai mithai, enjoy other Mughlai Mithai.

Quick Shahi TukdaQuick Shahi Tukda

Happy Cooking!

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Fruit Kulfi, Banana and Apple Kulfi
Recipe# 2853
26 Nov 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kulfi is an all-time favourite Indian dessert , which captivates us with its intensely milky flavour and spicy notes. You might have tried different variants of
Recipe# 39052
12 Dec 13

 
 
by Amarendra Mulye
No reviews
Paneer Tikka Biryani is one of the richest Mughlai recipes. This is a combination of Paneer Tikka, Jeera Rice and Paneer Tikka Masala topped with brown onions, mint leaves and fried Cashewnuts.
Paneer and Onion Stuffed Paratha
Recipe# 4817
14 Jun 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The spiced paneer and onion stuffing in the to make these healthy calcium rich parathas....sure to be enjoyed by all adults…. Good for bone building…low fat paneer has been used here as regular paneer is loaded with fat which can hinder calcium absorption.
Recipe# 11136
18 Aug 14

 
 by Foodie #48100
No reviews
Careful with the soaked falooda seeds, they are a very sticky affair to clean, if you get them spilled over your clothes or floor! these seeds form an excellent intestinal cooling agent in the summer season. Especially in cases of hot flushes, menses, and heat related disorders.
Paneer Tikka Pulao
Recipe# 4754
20 Sep 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This festive season surprise your loved ones with this exotic Paneer Tikka Pulao. The juicy paneer and vegetables are marinated in a dense blend of curd and spices, before being cooked on a tava, and finally tossed in with the rice to make a finger-licking delicacy.
Aloo Lajawab, Mughlai Aloo Lajawab Recipe
Recipe# 30955
23 Nov 14

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 by Tarla Dalal
A richly-flavoured potato dish from the Mughlai repertoire, Aloo Lajawab is prepared in the typical opulent style of the Nawabs, with lots of dairy products and cashews too. Cashews are used not just in the paste but also halved and added along with the potatoes ....
Angoor ka Sherbat
Recipe# 30934
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Think of a raja from the olden days and the first picture that comes to your mind is of the lavish king enjoying a bunch of grapes while lazing in his throne! Grapes have a special place in the royal menu and this sherbet made with fresh green grapes is divine! The lemon juice and mint leaves provid ....
Badami Kewra Sevaiyan
Recipe# 30975
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Seviyan is used by most of us to prepare kheer. This recipe uses almond paste for thickening the kheer. This paste also adds a different flavour. Essence of the highly scented kewra flower has been used as flavoring along with lots of chopped almonds. Kewra essence is readily available at most provi ....
Corn Seekh Kebab
Recipe# 30941
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Seekh kebabs are known to be traditionally non-vegetarian preparations. Here is a wonderful vegetarian recipe of a seekh kebab made with grated sweet corn and mashed potatoes. To obtain firmer and better-textured kebabs it is advisable to steam the potatoes. Butter is combined with chilli powder for ....
Dry Fruit Kesar Kulfi
Recipe# 30972
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No Indian meal is complete without a serving of our own desi ice-cream, the Kulfi! There are innumerable varieties of Kulfi, ranging from spice-tinged ones to fruity flavours too. This Dry Fruit Kulfi is a traditional recipe, in proper
Kachhe Kele Ke Kofte
Recipe# 30956
23 Nov 14

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Mughlas made use of every ingredient in their cooking and in the most unusual ways. This dish as the name suggests uses phal or fruit to make the kofta. Raw banana is combined with a few basic spices and deep-fried to make wonderfully ....
Khamiri Roti
Recipe# 30965
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Khamiri roti is the mughals closest answer to leavened bread. Khamir, which means yeast, is used to prepare this roti, thus making it thick and spongy. Khamiri roti taste great with nearly any subzi and can even eaten with just some butter. Paired with dal makhni and nawabi paneer it makes a dining ....
Khus-khus ki Puri
Recipe# 30967
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Khus-khus or poppy seeds are used in nearly all cuisines in India. Here is a delicious puri stuffed with a poppy seed mixture and made spicy with the use of Kashmiri red chillies. Other spices such as cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and nigella seeds are also used to add flavoring.
Lajjatdar Handi Biryani
Recipe# 30968
23 Nov 14

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by Tarla Dalal
Handi Biryani is absolutely superior to those made with other methods like open or pressure cooking, even though it appears to use similar ingredients. The simple process of sealing the lid with chapati dough and allowing the ingredients to cook within a covered environment makes all the differe ....
Makai ka Halwa
Recipe# 30973
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a unique halwa made of grated sweet corn sweetened with sugar and flavoured with spices like cardamom and saffron. Milk gives the Makai ka Halwa a very rich flavour while grated coconut improves the mouth-feel. Although it is a unique recipe, it still has a traditional touch to it. This ....
Makhani Roti (  Mughli Khana)
Recipe# 30963
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No Mughlai meal is complete without the use of oodles of butter and cream. The mughals known for their love of all things delicious have used butter not only to serve with rotis but also to knead into the dough while preparing them. This roti prepared with butter and simply flavoured with freshly cr ....
Moong Dal Seekh Kebab
Recipe# 30936
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
It is impossible to speak of the Mughlas and ignore the heritage of kebabs that they left behind. Though most people believe that kebabs are completely a non-vegetarian's prerogative, vegetarian kebabs are a real treat to the senses! Seekh kebabs are nothing but kebabs that have been prepared on t ....
Mughlai Paneer Koftas, Rasbhari Motiyan
Recipe# 30951
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Little pearl shaped creamy kofta in mouth watering and rich gravy! The gravy uses one of the most prized ingredients in Indian cooking - saffron. Also adding body to the gravy is cashew nut paste. Using a pestle is a good option in case you have a problem grind ....
Nawabi Naan
Recipe# 30962
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Think Nawabi, and luxury is the first word that comes to mind! Indeed, what better way to recreate that richness than by using mixed nuts. This scrumptious Nawabi Naan is an amazing creation of traditional tandoori naan studded with nuts. This gives you a lovely texture and mildly sweet flavour as y ....
Nawabi Paneer
Recipe# 30945
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer has been one of the favorites with the Royal families of India for centuries. Creamy paneer made from thick milk can be a part of nearly any vegetarian preparation. This recipe is as delicious as it is simple to prepare. Loads of mava or reduced milk and Cashewnuts are used, giving the ....
Palak Shorba
Recipe# 30943
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Mughlai cooking makes use of loads of healthy and leafy green vegetables. Palak or spinach is full of nutritional goodness and can make any dish attractive by giving it a lovely bright green colour. Palak Shorba is a fresh and spicy delic ....
Pistewali Curry Mein Malai Kofte
Recipe# 30948
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Cashew nuts are commonly used in indian cooking for thickening gravies and adding volume. However the mughlas didn't stop there! they used their beloved dry fruits such as pistachios to create whole dishes. This lovely green gravy is prepared with loads of pistachios. Coriander add some colour to th ....
Rose Falooda
Recipe# 30932
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Mughals are known for their love of all things delicious and fragrant. Thus flowers hold a special place in Mughlai cooking. The rose with its lovely fragrance and delicious subtle flavours is their first choice. The ever-popular Falooda that is available today at every restaurant just down ....
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Mughlai
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 on 08 Jan 19 04:24 PM


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Tarla Dalal    Thank you for your kind words.
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08 Jan 19 05:55 PM