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Food Of The Mughals
(Sessions will be held in English)
With Salma Yusuf Husain

Food Of The Mughals - I with Salma Husain was conducted in October 2020. It was a resounding success, paving the way for a number of History On A Plate Lecture-Series’ that followed. There has been demand to bring back 'Food Of The Mughals' since, and it gives us immense joy to finally be able to do so - and in the process, support a very special cause too.

Food Of The Mughals - II

In our midst there are amazing scholars and experts who have spent their whole lives passionately putting together a meticulously researched body of work that is breath-taking such as with Salma Husain and the Food Of The Mughals.

I​’ve spent many an afternoon at Salm Apa’s house, listening to her read out bits and bobs off brittle sheets of paper with beautiful Urdu calligraphy, sometimes even Farsi, pausing to translate intermittently – her face shining with happiness. It is this magic that we try to recreate in Food of The Mughals. There shall be readings and conversations. A presentation, only if one is called for. Stories. Knowledge-sharing. Recipe Cards. Excerpts from texts. Come armed with an open mind.

The sessions shall be divided over four Sundays, and we shall, in turn, touch upon each Mughal emperor and their time – Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb, as well as the pre-Mughal Sultanate period, and Bahadur Shah Zafar and the post-Mughal period leeching into the Nawabi Riyasats - in a bid to understand the culinary culture of the great Mughals.


Sundays - 5th February, 12th February, 19th February, and 26th February, 2023    


4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


The video-recordings of these sessions shall be made available till 20th March, 2023. However, we encourage you to attend the sessions LIVE and participate in the conversations, to make the most of this Lecture-Series.

The classrooms will be hosted on Google Meets.

A Whatsapp group shall be created to coordinate access to sessions / troubleshoot / and for sharing,  and discussions.

About #HistoryOnAPlate Lecture Series:

The #HistoryOnA Plate Lecture-Series is a platform to support quality research on Indian Food, and bring it to an audience via weekend lectures - sometimes a single lecture, other times a lecture-series -  with researchers, writers, scholars, chefs, and those besotted by the incredible behemoth that is the culinary culture of India.

We change a basic fee (the price of a cup of coffee and a sandwich at your favourite coffee shop, per session) for these lectures to enable us to support our resource persons in their work.


The rest of the proceeds from each lecture support the work of our non-profit, Kalap Trust, in the Tons Valley of Uttarakhand.


Cause being supported with this workshop:


The proceeds from organizing this event will be used to support a necessary Women’s Day 2023 event being planned by Kalap Trust.

This Women’s Day 2023, on March 9th, Kalap Trust is organizing a programme on ‘Menstrual Hygiene’ for women farmers who work as cooperative producers with Tons Valley Shop. The Trust plans to conduct a 1-hr online session with an expert in ‘Menstrual Hygiene’ for 100 women and distribute Eco-Femme reusable sanitary pad making kits to these women. The women will also be trained to sew their own sanitary pads during the session. The aim of this initiative is to make a core group of women self-sustainable in menstrual hygiene so that the Trust can then further plan installation of a cloth sanitary pad making machine in the valley which local women can use to make pads for themselves.

Kalap Trust (, is a non-profit organization working on rural healthcare, education and livelihood generation in the remote upper Tons Valley of Uttarakhand, India. Kalap Trust is founded and run by Anand Sankar, (husband of Shubhra aka Historywali)


Registrations closed. .

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