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EVOLUTION OF DUM PUKHT CUISINE

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Dum biryaniEVOLUTION OF DUM PUKHT CUISINE  

 

A 200 YEAR OLD CULINARY MYSTIQUE

  

"A Famine two hundred years ago, the cooking of food in common woks for the poor, a passing Nawab.........and the birth of a new Cuisine." 

HISTORY OF THE NAME AND CUISINE  

"DUM" means to "breathe in" and "PUKHT" means "to cook".  The cuisine, the origin of which dates back to the 1780's was popular at the time of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah, the erstwhile ruler of the State of Awadh.  This cuisine actually came up by sheer luck when the State of Avadh was hit by a famine and unemployment was high. Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah decreed the never ending construction of a giant edifice, the Bara Imambara, creating unceasing employment. By royal decree too, arrangements were made to provide food.  Enormous containers were filled with rice, meat, vegetables and spices, and sealed. Hot charcoal was placed on top and fires lit beneath, while slow cooking ensured food was available day or night.  The result was extraordinary, for when the containers were unsealed; the splendid aromas attracted even the royal attention. The "dummed" cuisine was now perfected for the royal table. Exotic dishes were evolved, in which flavours and fragrances intermingled, with exquisite results.  Dum Pukht cooking developed in four different centres:                   LUCKNOW                   HYDERABAD                   KASHMIR                   LAHORE The Best cooking wood for Dum Pukht was considered the Chinar, the famous Kashmiri tree.The dishes prepared in this style of cooking has evolved in to one of the finest fine dinning cuisines from South Asia and is represented by it’s own taste and flavour in these four places.

 

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