Swooning Over Zaaiqa’s Authentic Mughlai Flavours

I have always been intrigued by articles that exclusively layout the secrets of a Royal kitchen. Covered by top-notch media, these articles threw the spotlight on the exquisite ingredients and the nutrition value these Royal meals banked upon. So when I had a chance to dine at a former royal kitchen, at a heritage hotel, I felt honoured and humbled to be presented with the opportunity. Zaaiqa, the in-house Indian restaurant of Noor-Us-Sabah Palace is deserving of every ounce of praise. While Zaaiqa, the restaurant takes its name after Urdu word, meaning a strong taste, its intense interiors are just as impactful. From the minute you step inside the restaurant until you leave, you will find yourself basking into its glorified interiors. 

Zaaiqa
Zaaiqa, the Nawabi Restaurant

Zaaiqa Bhopal

Without a doubt, Zaaiqa unearths the essence of a Royal Kitchen, well complemented, with irresistible aromatic fragrances. With a menu boasting authentic Peshawari and Mughlai cuisine, this restaurant allows you to relive the forgotten Nawabi era of Bhopal. Typically designed for a formal setting, this fine dining restaurant is where you will find both the sophisticated ambience, as well as, culinary panache. An experience that begins with observing the LIVE kitchen where Master Chefs are seen celebrating the art of cooking. Noor-Us-Sabah Palace in Bhopal is famous, to have reinstated, its regal traditions including the culinary heritage. 

Zaaiqa Nawabi Interiors
Zaaiqa Live Cooking Station

Nawabi Zaaiqa of Bhopal

Zaaiqa is a confirmation of that! Each element, whether it be the grand double door weaved in intricate designs of teak, the rose-filled earthen pots or the tall twisted Mughlai pillars are a portrayal of a royal kitchen. Steeped in unmatchable luxury, Zaaiqa welcomes you to dishes cooked right out of the antiquated royal cookbooks. Once cooked only for the royals, these dishes have now been made available for all who keep a taste for fine dining.

Royal Kitchen of Zaaiqa

Bhopali Raan Masala

Bhopali Raan Masala

The Mughlai Raan Masala is an exclusive Middle Eastern Gosht dish, cooked in a traditional rustic pot for hours. The marination-seasoning defines the ultimate taste of this perfectly-cooked tender lamb leg. Drizzled with melted butter, lemon juice, and secret masalas, Raan Masala at Zaaiqa is just as divine as it smells.

Lal Maas

Bhopali Bhuna Chap

Laal Maas may be a Royal Rajasthani speciality, however, it has been the favourite of Indian royal families since when. In Bhopal, this delicious meat curry became the favourite of Royals in the early 18th-century. To re-create a royal dining experience, Zaaiqa brings to you the spicy royal ‘Ghosht’ cooked in generous amounts of pure ghee infused with aromatic spices and green chillies. The deep red colour of the dish is what attributes towards its beautification. Ultimately, making it mega tempting.

Nalli Nihari

Nalli Nihari

I couldn’t have left Zaaiqa before tasting Bhopal’s very famous Nalli Nihari. This one, with a royal twist though! In earlier days, this speciality breakfast dish was served to the kings after they performed their morning prayers. Hence, the name, Nihari, which refers to ‘Day’ in Urdu. This slow-cooked mutton curry goes best with freshly baked Bhopali bread. It’s an absolute delight of flavours.

From serving lost traditional recipes to excellent hospitality, this restaurant is a reminder of everything kingly. Amongst all the reasons to visit this restaurant, the most important one is that you get to taste hand-written recipes that have been passed on from generations to generations.

Zaaiqa Fine Dining

Fun Fact: Royal residences always had separate kitchens in an attempt to lower the risk of fire. Hence, Zaaiqa, the restaurant too is built in a separate section.

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    Veidehi Gite is a multi-award-winning luxury travel and lifestyle blogger who documents her experiences through Krazy Butterfly, a mindful journal for curious travellers. She enjoys travelling and photographing anything new and interesting. Read her articles to get inspired, to take on that trip you have been planning for a while.

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4 thoughts on “Swooning Over Zaaiqa’s Authentic Mughlai Flavours

  1. This is indeed is a Yummylicious post Veidehi ! The place surely has some amazing food with royal ambience. Would love to visit it whenever I’m there and if it serves vegetarian food too.

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