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This Century In History: Food in the last year of Raj

  • ​By Madhulika Dash 

    Food they say can be a great deal breaker. History has given us many incidences where it has been one: Take the case of Akbar The Great, who introduced a different vegetarian kitchen (and eventually became a vegetarian) to gain acceptability as an Emperor; Porus forged a lifelong friendship with Sikander on a table dressed with Sikandari Raan; Shah Jahan impressed the French, Portuguese and even the British with his dining tables that were written in glorious terms. 

    In fact, even when the Raj emerged as the supreme ruler, it was the table hosted by Nawabs and Zamindars that made them fall in favour or out of it with the Colonial rulers.