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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.

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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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Seb ki Kheer
Recipe# 30974
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Thought the only dessert you could make with apples is apple pie? Well think again! This Mughlai recipe of apples cooked with sugar, milk and raisins and flavoured with saffron, cardamom and rose water is a treat for all your senses. Rubbing the saffron with your fingertips while dissolving it in t ....
Shahi Gobhi (  Mughali Khana )
Recipe# 30958
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
This very popular dish is prepared by cooking a full cauliflower in some salt water, topping it with a scrumptious mughlai gravy and baking it to perfection. Though a little time consuming, shahi gobhi is a great option for serving at parties as it looks great and tastes even better!
Shahi Pulao ( Mughlai Khana)
Recipe# 37257
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The word “shahi” is associated with dry fruits in any cuisine. Here it’s the addition of apricots which in rice gain a new flavour when layered with spicy curds gravy. Green peas added to the rice make this dish a treat for your eyes. This dish is a little time consuming but is a great option ....
Shahi Tukda
Recipe# 37762
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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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 s ....
Subz Shahjahani
Recipe# 30950
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Subz Shahjahani uses a wide range of spices. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the prepared paste is precooked and then added to the gravy thus giving it a distinct flavour. This gravy tastes best with boiled mixed vegetables though you can add almost any other vegetable to it. It is advisable to ....
Tava Mushroom
Recipe# 30953
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Cooking on the tava is an age-old custom in the history of Indian food. The tava is used not only for making rotis and parathas but also for preparing delicious dry subzis. Tava mushroom is one of my favorite recipes that uses basic
Nawabi Curry, Mughlai Nawabi Curry, Quick Curry
Recipe# 4089
07 Jul 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A valuable treasure handed down from the Mughal dynasty, this traditional Nawabi Curry is a rich delight, perfect to serve at parties. Sinfully luxurious, this curry features a creamy base of cashewnuts, almonds, coconut and khus-khus, and is sure to make your guests feel very important! Serve ....
Mughlai Cauliflower, Potatoes and Green Pea Subzi
Recipe# 2183
25 Aug 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A rich subzi of cauliflower, potatoes and green peas, cooked in Mughlai style. A paste of ginger and spices gives the Mughlai Cauliflower, Potatoes and Green Peas Subzi an awesome flavour, while a mixture of curds and saffron gives it a royal ....
Vegetable Makhanwala in Red Gravy
Recipe# 42621
26 Jun 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Three cheers to this tangy, spicy, creamy treat that lives up to the name of 'makhanwala', which means buttery! The Vegetable Makhanwala in Red Gravy is a good addition to any menu as it is guaranteed to please young and old alike. Roasting the spices in butter gives the dish its characteristic ....
Recipe# 14531
28 Sep 18

 
 by lakshya8
Delve into the magical world of royal nawabi cuisine by preparing the rich and delicious akbari paneer. The paneer cubes are cooked with a delectable tomato, onion and spices paste and best accompanied with naan.
Recipe# 9009
30 Sep 18

 
 by seetha
Since it is cooked in milk totally, does not require mava which normally does not suit some and lasts longerand healthy. Children enjoy eating this with chappatis. Hope you will try this. Enjoy eating.
Nawabi Kesar Koftas
Recipe# 38459
28 Dec 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
The grandeur of this recipe is evident from the ingredients that go into the kofta. A range of dairy products, saffron and dry fruits give these Nawabi Kesar Koftas a melt-in-the-mouth texture and magnificent flavour. The tangy gravy, flavoured with a rich paste of spices and nuts, adds to the l ....
Karela and Capsicum Subzi
Recipe# 4311
14 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Bitter though it is, karela has a unique taste that transforms it into a delicacy if prepared in the right ways. Here, an innovative combination of bitter gourd, onions and colourful capsicums are sautéed with a traditional tempering, resulting in a flavourful and aromatic subzi that goes well w ....
Recipe# 14255
14 Jan 19

 
 by devi.m
Kheer is usually prepared with sugar in india, however this unique kheer with jaggery recipe brings out a lovely twist to the standard recipe. The milk and rice are boiled together and then sweetened with melted jaggery.
Kabuli Chana Kofta Biryani
Recipe# 1970
05 Feb 19

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by Tarla Dalal
A reminder of the opulence of the Nawabs, the Kabuli Chana Kofta Biryani is a royal treat that pampers you with every mouthful! Perfectly cooked long-grained rice is layered with a richly flavoured tomato gravy studded with scrumptious kabuli chana koftas. The gravy, made with tomato puree, masala p ....
Shahi Paneer, Shahi Paneer Sabzi
Recipe# 249
27 Feb 19

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by Tarla Dalal
The very word shahi connotes richness – and you will not be disappointed because that is just what this recipe is! Loaded with cashew nuts, poppy seeds, ghee and cream, the shahi gravy has a very luscious mouth-feel that is complemented beautifully by its intense flavour, contributed by ingredients ....
Paneer Kulcha, Paneer Kulcha Made with Dahi, Curd
Recipe# 37760
05 Mar 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Kulcha is a traditional preparation made with plain flour and curds. The curds add a yummy tanginess to the kulcha. Here the kulcha has been stuffed with a rich and spicy paneer filling. It is advisable to keep the dough aside covered with a wet muslin cloth for at least 2 hours to allow it to ....
Vegetable Biryani  ( Chawal)
Recipe# 37251
10 Apr 19

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by Tarla Dalal
A dish that is synonymous with Indian cuisine in many restaurants the world over, the Vegetable Biryani deserves to be so popular! A masaledar gravy chock-full of veggies and paneer, is sandwiched between rice that has been cooked with spices and perked up with saffron-tinged curd. This whole arrang ....
Methi Paneer,  Mughlai Methi Paneer Recipe
Recipe# 30949
10 Apr 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Every household has its own recipe of methi aloo, however here's a great mughlai recipe that uses paneer along with fenugreek leaves. Methi Paneer can be given more flavour by adding some kasuri methi. Milk and sugar are used to balance the bitterness of the methi. All in all a completely lip ....
Mughlai Dum Aloo
Recipe# 30957
20 Apr 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Every culture has its own version of the dum aloo. However, dum aloo is by far the tastiest and richest of them all! For making the Mughlai dum aloo recipe, the potatoes are deep-fried and stuffed with a rich filling of paneer, cashew nuts, raisins and green chillies. You could substitute the oil ....
Khumbh Aur Baby Corn Subzi
Recipe# 30954
02 May 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Rich and intense – these are the first words that come to your mind when you taste the Khumbh aur Baby Corn Subzi. This gravy takes you back to the Mughal era with its pungent flavour and dense mouth-feel. Of course, you can expect nothing less than luxury out of a dish that contains milk, cream, cu ....
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Mughlai
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 on 08 Jan 19 04:24 PM


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