Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen for authentic Bohra Muslim Indian cuisine in Kathmandu
Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen seeks to introduce the unique flavors of distinctive Bohra Muslim food in Kathmandu, Nepal. Bohra Muslims originally migrated from Yemen to Gujarat and are firm believers in the maxim: “The family that eats together, stays together.”
Although food is integral to human survival, for Bohras it boils down to much more. After faith and culture, it is food that binds us together, brings us together. If there’s a community in Mumbai which truly lives by the maxim of ‘Live to eat’ rather than ‘Eat to live’, it is the Dawoodi Bohras. The Bohras believe that any occasion is an occasion to break bread together and this in essence is both their joie de vivre and the raison d’ etre of their existence.
At Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen, our cuisine is cooked the traditional dum-pukht way with charcoals over a slow-fire technique associated to royal kitchens of Awadh. Our fare prepared from recipes passed down the family tree, offer you a chance to taste the great Bohra Muslim culinary delights, prepared by traditional Ustads from Kings Kitchen, Mumbai. Hope you enjoy the fare.
Dining Options – Restaurant / Takeaway / House Party
For quick bites that are light and easy, you can enjoy our frugal Mini Munch and Mini Meals throughout the day, or satisfy your soul with a sumptuous, authentic Mughlai dinner at our restaurant conveniently located next to Pulchowk Fire Brigade on Jhamsikhel Road, Lalitpur, Nepal.
We also have Takeaway Lunch Boxes for office goers who want to enjoy a tasty, quality meal cooked under hygienic conditions that’s light and easy on the stomach and on the wallet too! The Takeaway Lunch Boxes are available with home/office delivery service between 12 noon to 4 pm.
If you are entertaining guests at home, our kitchen provides banquet meals for 10 people to 100s. For the first time in Nepal, you can order mouth watering Biryanis and other Mughlai delicacies by the Kilo. Enjoy great food in comfort of your own home and entertain guests conveniently and cost-economically.
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Bohra Muslims and their distinctive cuisine and eating practices.
A Bohra meal begins by passing the salt. And it is only after each partaker seated around a big platter has tasted it that the first course is served. The entire Bohra family dines out of one platter called the thaal. It can typically accommodate eight people. It is elevated with a tarakti (stand) placed on a square piece of cloth called a safra, laid out on the floor. The thaal should not be left unattended, so it is not placed until at least one person is seated for a meal. During a community meal, food is not served until all eight diners are present, because the portions served are just right for eight.
Each dish is placed in the centre of the thaal and every member pulls his or her share. Bohras have a no-wastage policy. Not a single grain of rice is left on the plate when it is taken away. Outside the home, women and men sit at different thaals and eat using the right hand. Usage of the left hand is taboo in the thaal, even if is to pick up a spoon to scoop out ice cream. All heads should be covered during a meal and Bohra women do so with their pardis (veils) that are part of their traditional brightly coloured and beautifully embroidered or appliquéd ridas, which are worn in place of the abaya. Bohra men are easy to identify in their white topis (head caps) with golden embroidery. Once everyone is seated, one serving member walks with water in a chelamchi lota (a kind of basin and jug) for everyone to wash their hands.
Let the feast begin!
Interestingly, the first, though not the only, course is dessert. Bohras consider it auspicious to begin their meal with a sweet dish. In the Bohra language, all desserts are called mithaas and the savoury dishes kharaas. Bohras love ice cream, so it is served first, unless it’s celebration time, when the sodannu (cooked rice with ghee and sugar) takes the first place. A meat starter follows and gives way to another dessert.
At a Bohra wedding, several courses of kharaas and mithaas are served alternately, but on an ordinary day at home, one round of starters and two desserts is the norm Bohra families follow before the main course, or jaman, appears. Jaman can include a meat dish, which is eaten with chapattis or parathas, and a rice dish that could be anything from a biriyani to kaari chaawal (curry with rice) to dal chaawal palidu (lentil rice with curry). Besides the usual accompaniment of a raita, soup could also be served with the rice. And when it’s time for the jaman to end, it is also time to bring in another round of dessert. But that’s not all. Dry fruits and paan (betel leaves) are a must before the family members taste the salt again to cleanse their tongues. Bohras believe that salt cures us of 72 diseases.
For Bohras, consuming meat is not only a matter of taste but also an act of piousness. Goat, lamb and chicken are relished, while beef is avoided. Certain types of fish are also eaten, but they have to be caught alive and can be killed only after the saying of “Bismillah” to make it halal. No celebration in a Bohra home is complete without dal chaawal palidu and sodannu. The first day of Muharram is celebrated with a thaal full of 28 to 52 dishes. This is to ensure abundance in the ensuing year. Lachka – crushed and boiled wheat and roasted semolina with oodles of butter, jaggery and dry fruits – is an integral part of this meal. Khichda, a richly flavoured combination of lentils and mutton, garnished with green garlic, is a must on the 10th day of Muharram. Gol sherbet, a lemonade in which jaggery replaces sugar, is garnished with tukmuria seeds and especially relished during Ramadan.
In Kathmandu, if you want to enjoy Bohra Muslim cuisine, drop in to Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen. We serve halal food cooked in traditional dum pukht style, exactly as done back home.
Tasneem’s Kings Kitchen, Jhamsikhel Road, next to Pulchowk Damkal, Lalitpur, Nepal. For reservations and Takeaway call 9801121212