Well, most of us were introduced to the Mughal Era in the seventh grade. Kids today go through such a ‘hard time’ while grasping the dates of history. Actually, Mughal history would be more exciting in school if you knew these facts –
A king with nomadic taste
Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur, The first Mughal conqueror in India had an exciting life as he traveled to many places. And, You know what he would usually like the most, the food cooked by the nomadic tribes.
A story of trust, drama, and betrayal
Babur chose to retain the Hindu cooks even after defeating the Indian Prince. However, going by the advice of the dethroned emperor’s mother, one of the cooks poisoned Babur’s food. The king, luckily, vomited out the food and thus, got saved.
What Persia had to do with all this
When Babur’s successor Humayun was ousted by Sher Shar Suri, the former went to Persia for help. There he presented the Indian cooks to Shah of Iran. Soon after, ‘khichdi’ (rice cooked with lentils) became popular in Persia too.
Akbar got Hindu influence
Sources claim that Akbar preferred a vegetarian diet, particularly on Friday. He considered the water of Ganges as the ‘water of immortality’. The servants would go by camel to fetch this water for him. Many believe it was the influence of his Hindu Rajput Wife Jodha.
Which of these facts surprised you the most, share in the comments below. And yes, don’t forget to share these facts with the kids:)