What Makes Hyderabadi Biryani World Famous?
Hyderabad has it’s another unique identity besides the Charminar – and that is the Hyderabadi Biryani. Hyderabadi Biryani is a traditional festive meal and a staple diet for die-hard Hyderabadis.
Biryani is one of those recipes from the royal kitchen during the Mughal rule. At one time, only the kings could afford to have a delicious dish such as the biryani. This popular dish has been experimented time and again to arrive at its present state of perfection. In reality, the Hyderabadi biryani has influenced taste buds of Hyderabadis so much that often other dishes lose their importance. Also, if you’re trying to find special restaurants for biryani, it’s not so easy to choose one from the wide variety of places as almost all of them make delicious biryani. Flavors and taste of Biryani in different restaurants may differ, but they all use common base of exotic spices.
Besides Hyderabadi Biryani, Hyderabadi cuisine can never be complete without including other dishes that complement the biryani – delectable Kebabs, Lukhmi and Khormas. Also, Haleem which is prepared in month of Ramzan is a popular dish from Hyderabad. The Hyderabadi Haleem has origin in Persia and it is a porridge made from wheat cooked with meat, lentils and spices for for 7 to 8 hours.
Different Styles of Hyderabadi Biryani
Biryani and Hyderabad are Synonymous with each other and making this dish has now become an art. It is a quite long process to make Hyderabadi Biryani, but it’s always worth waiting for such a delicious dish.
Hyderabadi Biryani is prepared from long-grained, aromatic basmati rice which is cooked with chicken, mutton or other meats, exotic spices and other seasonings. The Biryani gains a rich and spicy flavor when it is blended with generous amount of clarified butter or ghee.
There are two main methods of making Hyderabadi Biryani. The first one is called Katchi Biryani. It is made up using method of the Katchi Yakhni , i.e. raw gravy. Then the raw meat, marinated in yogurt, is added to rice and cooked using the “dum”- a traditional sealed vessel for baking in Hyderabad. You may need a lot of expertise to cook the biryani, as you need to cook with meticulous timing and heat control, that will avoid under-cooking or over-cooking of meat.
For the Pakki Biryani, first, the meat is prepared with all the spices together. Then it is mixed with half-cooked rice along with condiments such as mace, kewra, saffron, cardamom & ittar and simmered in a sealed vessel. These condiments give that pleasant aroma to your Biryani. The Pakki Biryani is served together with other dishes like Dhansak, Bagara Baingan or Mirchi ka Salan.
Hyderabad is a melting pot for both the old and the new. It’s a city that has a rich history, nevertheless it has accepted the modernization easily. Hyderabadi cuisine is integrated in the lives of Hyderabadi people. This food has rich tradition and history that dates back to centuries ago.
Use of special ingredients for specific regions makes the Hyderabadi cuisine more special. Spices, rich blend of herbs and condiments are used to prepare special fragrant masalas. They give a delicious and mouth-watering taste as well as an intense flavor to dishes.
There is a great influence of traditional Andhra, Teleangana and Mughal cuisine on the Hyderabadi cuisine. Hyderabadi Biryani, Sheer Kurma, Khubani Ka Meetha, Hyderabadi Haleem and Double Ka Meetha are some of the most of popular dishes in Hyderabad
The city of Hyderabad is well known for food as well as good mannerisms, so you may find every restaurant serving delicious Hyderabadi food with a big-heart. Many of these dishes have once enriched the dining tables of the kings. So, we would like to invite you to forget about your calories and experience the royal treat. The Hyderabadi cuisine is special and distinguishable not just because of its taste but also because of the way in which it is served, with hospitality and warmth.
And, now ‘Biryani King‘ in Navi Mumbai brings you the same delicious and fragrant Hyderabadi dum biryani at your door steps, anywhere in Navi Mumbai.