They are wonderful childhood memories, and as a tribute to them, the former Dubai-based investment banker has brought the food after his heart - Moplah or Kerala Muslim cuisine - to the emirate.
Moplah refers to the Muslim community, concentrated mostly in the Malabar region of Kerala.
This impacted the food in the region making Moplah cuisine an amalgamation of local and borrowed recipes.
This unpretentious eatery, run by the efficient Zainabi Noor, also specialises in Moplah
dishes such as the Fish Biryani.
rebellion especially gave Hindu organizations an opportunity to argue for consolidation.
Although the interpretation of the Saya San Rebellion seems to be a repetition of early Burmese revolts, it would be interesting to investigate whether other contexts such as the so-called Sepoy Mutiny or possibly the Moplah
Rebellion (in southern India) might have informed British readings of the Burmese movements.
The current issue, which was running behind schedule, featured a walking tour of Granada (including a description in cinematic detail of its unparalleled stucco and plaster ornamentation), a memoir of the great and bloody Moplah
rebellion of 1921 in Kerala by a Gentlewoman of Calicut, a letter about a rail journey from Istanbul to Paris by an emancipated Turkish lady, and of course, the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca by the widowed Shakila Rehman of Mymensingh who, Ammi declared in her editorial introduction, was an inspiration to us all.
South Asia's encounter with Islam dates back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad (S), beginning with the conversion of a Hindu king of Kerala and the presence of the Mappila (also called Moplah
) Muslim community in the Malabar Coast since the early 7th century CE.
Farewell to thee/ Leaving the prop of thy arms/ I am rising up into the High Heavens/ Unafraid and free at last." In Duravastha, Asan tells the story of a Nambudiri lady - Savitri - who lost her kith and kin in the Moplah
rebellion (1921) and takes shelter in the hut of a Harijan - Chathan.
Rasheed is said to be India's best-known Moplah cook.
"I knew I had some talent," says Rasheed, who visited Dubai from her hometown of Kozhikode, or Calicut, last week to share this little-known style of cooking with food lovers here during the Moplah food festival at the Taj Palace Hotel's Handi restaurant.
"The key to Moplah cuisine is in the gravy," Rasheed explains.