Zain-ul-abedin with Princess of Baharain
Mughals would not have even dreamed off that their cooks, in coming times
will be making history of their own.
The central Asian Dynasty founded by the Baber was determined unlike other
invaders to rule India making it permanent Home. Since there were no clear
cut guide lines laid by the Mughals for their legal heir to access the
throne, there were always severe fights among the heirs to claim the
throne.... perhaps on the theory of the FITTEST SURVIVE
. Thus lately
after the death of the Mughal King Aurangzeb Alamgeer, the political
disorganization enabled the British to grab the whole of India easily.
The Royal Food is the hereditary profession of Karim's ; because wherever
the Mughal's went they took over our ancestors alongwith them right from the
times of Babur.
The Mughlai food developed under the patronage of the Mughal Kings and
Queens using the Indian spices; when the Mughals made India their permanent
The end of this prestigious royal employment came to an end during the year
of mutiny 1857, when the last Mughal King Bhadur Shah Zafer was dethroned.
The Karim's ancestors to save themselves from the fury of the British, fled
from the Lal Qila and took shelter in the vicinity now called Farukhnagar,
district Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, there they lived in disguise trying the
different types of livelihood, simultaneously the father never forgot to
inherit the fine art of cooking the "Royal Food"
In 1911, when Delhi Durbar was held for the coronation of the King George
V, Haji Karimuddin moved back to Delhi with an innovative idea of opening a
Dhaba to cater the people coming from allover India to join the coronation.
Haji Karimuddin started the Dhaba selling just two items of Alu Gosht and
Daal served with Rumali Roti.
1913, Haji Karimuddin Established the Karim Hotel in Gali Kababian, Jama
Masjid, Delhi saying, "I want to earn fame and money by serving the
royal food to the common man". Allah has 99 names and Karim is one of
them. It is because of this very name, Karim is growing day by day.
the fourth generation is running the show with Karim Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
at Jama Masjid, a Restaurant called Dastar Khwan-E-Karim
Nizamuddin West New Delhi.