Saliha Mahmood Ahmed is a doctor in London, who turned her passion for cooking into a winning appearance on the British TV show Masterchef. Then, she turned her other passion, for culinary history, into Khazana, a cookbook of dishes inspired by the long-defunct Mughal empire. Yes, the empire that conquered Central Asia through north India, and built the Taj Mahal. But, what do we know about their food? The multitalented and ever-curious Saliha joined Francis Lam to tell us all about it. You can find her recipe for Smoked Chicken and Basil Kebobs with Beetroot Basil Salad and Beetroot Buttermilk Raita, which uses that charcoal smoking technique she talked about in their interview.
The recipe for Smoked Chicken and Basil Kebobs with Beetroot Basil Salad and Beetroot Buttermilk Raita comes from Saliha Mahmood Ahmed's Khazana. Photo: David Loftus
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Francis Lam is the host of The Splendid Table. He is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and has written for numerous publications. Lam lives with his family in New York City.