Baked With Love – a poem by Leela Soma

leela's bread

Baked with Love

An eighteenth century recipe

handed down with an intriguing tale

of passion, incarceration in a tiger’s cage.

A bloody vengeful murder of Khani Begum

the fair young lover of Aga Bakar by Jainul.

Devastated by her death the young master baker

Came up with a recipe for Bakharkhani bread,

a tribute to his love.

The flat bread with cheese,

nuts, dried fruits ghee, almost a cake still survives. 

Leela Soma, April, 2020

Note: The tragic love story of Baker Khan and Khani Begum in Mughal times, inspired the bakers’ to name his favourite bread Bakerkhani.

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