Ghazi-ud-Din Haider's Banquet

Where does the name ‘COQUINA’ come from

Have you ever wondered why all the other rooms in your house are labeled with the activity that takes place in them…. except the Kitchen! The bed-room has a bed in it, the dining room is where you dine, the bathroom is where you bathe, the play room is where you play and the living room is where you live (well, you will find the Coquina team all the time in the kitchen, but yet we do not call it a living room, we wish we could).

Why is the kitchen not called the cooking room? Where did that word come from? The answer is the same as the origin of most words….from Latin.

The word ‘kitchen’ has been derived from Old English ‘Cycene’ and a later Latin Variant ‘COQUINA’, that comes from an older Latin word ‘Coquere’ meaning ”to cook”.

We chose this word as we try and demystify the mystery of taste that is unique to Lucknow and comes from a great deal of research, often finding the extinct recipes that are buried deep in the worn-out trunks of the royal houses.