Bhopal is filled with all the sights, sounds and smells of a bustling city. Meandering alleys, old havelis, natural and artificial lakes are common sights in the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. In addition to all of this, the city also boasts of a delicious food culture. From the legendary poha-jalebi to the mouthwatering bada ka kebab, Bhopal’s culinary history is a combination of royalty and street food. The coriander leaf is an important ingredient in most Bhopali dishes. Among the royal families, hunting game was a common pastime. The game meat was often prepared into a filfora, a wild jungle dish cooked with light spices and a whole lot of coriander. Another popular dish was the rezala, cooked with chicken, meat and fish. This dish is cooked differently in the various parts of the Indian subcontinent. While the Bengal rezala is a rich and heavy preparation with cashew and cream, in Bhopal, Shah Jahan Begum’s rezala was a cooking pot brimming with coriander and meat, waiting to be devoured.
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