In India we have so many cities that speaks for them self. Old cities have so much cultural heritage in store for us to explore. One such typical cultural heritage lies within the narrow gallis of the old city lanes. They say that if you want to know the real facts about the city go to the inside places, the places that is now the oldest part of the city. Bhopal, the city of lakes and Nawabs is the the richest food city after Lucknow and Hyderabad where the Mughal food impact can be easily seen in some interior parts of the place. In Bhopal, urbanization is expanding yet the old city of Bhopal still carry the authentic food story that speaks the entire story of the city and it’s food culture.
I have been married to a Bhopali for 10 years hence a Bhopali element has developed inside me as well. The old Bhopal aka as the old city still maintains the charm and the beauty which the Nawabs left years back. Though the architecture is disturbed a bit yet the food culture of the Nawabs is still alive.
Gosht ka Pulao is typically served with onion salad, thin burani raita (with thin i mean real thin) and a curry (of any chicken or mutton dish). Gosht ka pulao resembles Biryani a lot but has mild flavors and is not as rich as biryani. The flavor of black pepper is prominent with minimum garnish. This is one complete meal that is commonly made in every occasions ( may be because its cost efficient) and also at old Muslim homes. My MIL makes some amazing gosht ka pulao. Though her version turns out to be very close to Biryani, just because she likes to add lot of masalas and ghee…lol. But yes, the recipe is definitely adapted from her and often made in my house as well.