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Maharaja Ranjit Singh and mutton of chef beliram


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Beli Ram was the head cook in the palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the head of the Sikh Empire in the 1900s. It was a simple dish, the cook tossed all the ingredients in one pot. But it was the Maharaja’s favourite. He devoured this dish and eventually decided to open a local shop that served it to the people of Lahore. The ingredients were simple—mutton cooked in green chillies, spices and yoghurt. The magic lay in how they came together, it excited the citizens and brought them closer to the king.”

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The non-vegetarian dishes at the festival are a rare treat. ‘Mutton Beliram’ is a dish named after Beliram, a famous chef of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. “The Maharaja was fond of the way Beliram cooked mutton and hence named the dish after him. This dish comes straight from his kitchen,” the chef narrates.

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