The Mughal style of cooking was a great influence on the earlier techniques and hence added to Indian cuisine many new and mouthwatering dishes that had resulted as an amalgamation of the two techniques. The Mughals brought with them their rich and aromatic dishes which have now become a part of the Indian cuisine. Besides the invasions leading to culinary influences, religion has been of major importance too. With the exception of the northern region, the influences of the Muslim cooking styles can also be found in certain parts of south India like Hyderabad and Kerala.
The invasion by Timur in the 15th century was responsible for a large part of Muslim influence on the cooking techniques of the Indian cuisine. The introduction of butter sauces, cream meats and rich delicacies containing nuts and dates is responsible for the modern dishes of korma and butter chicken over time. Besides the Indian spices the Mughals used spices they brought from their native region, thus leading to the introduction of these spices in the culinary arts of India. The non-vegetarian dishes like the kebab were also introduced by the Mughals.
One of the major dishes introduced by the Muslim rulers was the Pullao, a rice dish where rice is cooked with various vegetables, meat and occasionally fruits and dry fruits too. Within many Muslim communities, the cooking of pullao is considered an art.
The nizams of Hyderabad on the other hand developed Biryani which is their signature style of cooking. They introduced a style of marinating which involved putting chicken or some other meat in a large pot or cooking vessel filled with spices and vegetables. The pot is then put on top of hot coal. The pot was then sealed with dough to keep the flavours of the spices and vegetables intact and hence infuse the meat or chicken with the flavours. Hot coal was then also put on top of the dough. This style is known as Dumphukt and is essential to preparing the traditional Dum Biryani.
The cuisine of the Mughals is an integral part of the Indian cuisine. The cuisine is available all over the country but the centres of Delhi and Lucknow are home to his cuisine and arguably serve the most authentic Mughlai food. The influence of the Mughal cuisine is astonishing. The coming of the Persians and Zoroastrians and also the spreading of Islam by the Muslim rulers brought with them their cooking styles and delicacies which were then combined with the Indian cuisine and have now been immortalised into one of the yummiest and tastiest cuisines of India.