Mahmudabad is one of the oldest estates in Awadh (Uttar Pradesh). One of the most famous cultural legacies of Mahmudabad is its cuisine.
Over the centuries a distinctive gastronomical tradition has developed in Mahmudabad and for more than 400 years, this culinary art has been preserved and expanded. Today, we invite you to come and dine with us.
Our unique cuisine has been featured in innumerable magazines and newspapers as well as being showcased in coffee-table books and television shows.
The Beginning of Cuisine
'Ghuth-ti,’ Suleiman Mahmudabad noted, referring to the first liquid to pass a newborn’s lips, ‘depends on the mother and the father’s humours, and the family’s characteristics.’
We are in conversation in his office, a spare high-ceilinged room except for the enormous desk scattered with books behind which are shelves of more books. Appropriately, his family’s very own apothecary where such tea was brewed, had been situated across the corridor.
‘The proper herbs were pounded, boiled, liquefied, strained and given to the child by the hakim. This was the first thing given, even before mother’s milk; it purged the child.’
‘That,’ he said, ‘is the beginning of cuisine.’