During his reign, the emperor had very strict food norms in his palace.
A lot of precise preparations had to be done in the kitchen of the royal palace to make sure that the meal cooked there was 'fit for a king!'
We compiled a list of some of the most outrageous things that Akbar made sure were done so that his food tastes good!
Each grain of rice that was used to make biryani was coated with silver oil that aided digestion and acted as an aphrodisiac.
The chickens in the palace were hand fed with pellets that were flavoured with saffron and rosewater. They were also massaged daily with musk oil and sandalwood!
Ice was brought daily from the Himalayas by an elaborate system of couriers in order to serve cold drinks and desserts!
Akbar was a vegetarian thrice a week and drank only Gangajal.
Akbar's kitchen garden was nourished with rosewater so that the vegetables would smell fragrant when cooked.
Akbar had banned the eating of beef or any other item that was offensive to his Hindu and Jain subjects.
The daily meals were served by eunuchs. Each meal was taste tested several times in order to check if the meal had been poisoned by the carrier or the server.
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