‘Naan Qalia’ – Culture of Aurangabad
Aurangabad, March 6, 2018: Naan qalia is the signature dish that originates in Aurangabad. It is made up of mutton and variety of spices. Naan is a bread made in a Tandoor (hot furnace), while qalia is a mixture of mutton and various spices.
When Mohammad Bin Tughlaq, shifted his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad, the huge army of Tughlaq was exhausted. It was a difficult task to provide food to such a hufe army. The cooks dug a huge furnace and rolled out thousands of Naan. The qalia was prepared by cooking mutton and adding number of spices in the huge vessel. Dating back to the era of Emperor Aurangzeb, this dish is a complete meal as it was used to feed the royal army. The dish that is one of the compulsory items of a wedding feast in the city is found only in selected hotels on a regular basis.
The Hotel Moonlight at Kranti Chowk has been selling more than 10 kgs of Naan qalia on a daily basis since 1981. “We serve naan qalia from 10 in the morning till midnight. This dish is eaten both as breakfast and othertwise as it is highly nutritious.” Said Sheikh Ismail who has been making this dish for the past 22 years there. “This is our signature dish and we have kept the recipe as it is since 1981. We sell more than 200 plates everyday” said Asif Khan, the owner of Hotel Moonlight.
There are other hotels serving naan qalia like Sagar Hotel and Rama International hotel. Some places in Aurangabad namely Roshan Gate, Budhhi Lane, Shahganj. Though decades have passed since the birth of this delicacy, it still remains a popularity for the people of the city and a signature dish for Aurangabad.