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Mughlai specialties coming to KCC

August 21st, 2014

In anticipation of the opening of the newly renovated Mughal Suite at Shangri La, the estate of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, University of Hawaii’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College and Shangri La will present a series of fall public programs highlighting Mughlai cuisine.

Courtesy University of Hawaii PressChef Kusuma Cooray will be cooking up Mughlai cuisine next month at Kapiolani Community College.


Chef Kusuma Cooray will be cooking up Mughlai cuisine next month at Kapiolani Community College.

Ka 'Ikena Laua'e, the fine dining restaurant on the KCC campus, will present a special lunch menu featuring Mughlai cuisine created and prepared by KCC Professor of Culinary Studies and former Doris Duke corporate chef Kusuma Cooray and KCC culinary students.

Mughlai cuisine is a style of cooking developed by the imperial kitchens of the Muslim Mughal Empire. It represents the cooking styles of North India, Pakistan and Hyderabad.

Reservations are being taken for the lunch being offered Sept. 16 through 19, with seatings at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon each day. At $22.95 per person, the lunch will feature:

» Appetizer: Mughlai Murgh (braised chicken with raisins and almonds), curried dal, pineapple chutney, raita and pratha

» Entrée: Shahjahani Biriyani (rice and lamb with saffron, aromatic spices and yogurt), Rogan Josh (curried lamb), vegetables, tomato chutney and pappadams

» Dessert: A Mughlai fantasy and choice of coffee or tea

» Drink: Assorted fruit juices and lassi

Ka 'Ikena Laua'e is in the Ohelo Building, 2nd floor, at KCC. Call 734-9499 for reservations.

Other upcoming events at KCC include:

» Aug. 25 to Dec. 19: South Asian Cuisine exhibition, display featuring South Asian recipes prepared for Doris Duke by chef Kusuma Cooray will be on view at the Kapiolani Community College Library, along with materials from the Shangri La Historical Archives; admission is free

» Oct. 6: Mughal cuisine lecture and Taj chefs demonstration, co-sponsored by Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and featuring executive chef Hemant Oberoi and two master chefs from Mumbai’s Taj Hotel; includes a Mughal cuisine cooking demonstration and tasting in the Culinary Institute of the Pacific auditorium, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ohia Building 118; seating is limited and admission is free

THE LATE Doris Duke collected Islamic art over 60 years, forming a collection of about 2,500 objects, many of which are embedded into the structure of Shangri La, including Iranian ceramic tile panels, carved and painted ceilings from Morocco, jalis (perforated screen) doors and windows, and textiles and carpets.

It was her wish that Shangri La be maintained as a center for Islamic arts and culture, kept open for public visits and educational programs.


Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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