‘Unity in Diversity’; In India this diversity is prominent through not only natural landscapes but also in other aspects from religions, architectures, culture to the different cuisines of the country. Full of mouthwatering spices, hot chilies and a mouthwatering taste that leaves a pungent texture in your taste buds, Indian food is nothing but amazing!!
Hyderabad is known for its outstanding and unique cuisine and it is of no surprise that from the luxury hotels to the street stalls of the city offer an outstanding variety of local cuisine. It is a heaven for vegetarians and non vegetarians both and the renowned Hyderabadi Biriyani is something that must be savored.
Hyderabad, an enchanting city of the Nawabs packed with numerous options for not only sightseeing but for its beautiful architectural marvels that are glittering testimonies of rich cultural heritage of the city. If you are visiting Hyderabad then you cannot miss out on this food specialty.
This city of Nizams and their food are very rich and flavorful with all the tastes from the sour to spicy to sweet. The food of Hyderabad has rich in nuts, exotic dried fruits, and different spices such as saffron, it also cocked with a unique cooking techniques. All these colorful variety of spices bestow with amazing taste, enhance the flavor of the dishes and responsible for its distinct taste.
Not only the quality and taste of the cuisine is awesome but from the hospitality to serving process the guests are pampered with courtesy that they can experience the lifestyle of the Nawabs.
Let’s discuss some mouthwatering Nawabi dishes of Hyderabad.
Hyderabad is distinguished for its Biryani. No doubt biriyani is an all time favorite dish all over the country. It is said that the flavors of biriyani changes state wise. Among several other biriyani options, Hyderabadi biriyani is the oldest and tastiest of all.
There are many variations of Biryanis in Hyderabad including chicken biryani, mutton biryani, pea’s biryani, vegetable biryani, Pakki Biryani and the most amazing one is Dum ka Biryani. It means the rice and the meat together.
The layers of rice are sprinkled with saffron-infused milk, dices of butter, fresh coriander, and refreshing mint leaves and a spicy robust curry.Usually it served with Mirchi ka Saalan (dish made with big green chillies), dahi chutney (made with curd and onions) and onion salad with some lime pieces. If any restaurant does not provide you all of these at no additional cost – then it’s not serving authentic dish. If anyone item is missing it is like serving a Pizza without topping.
2-Patthar ka Gosht
A popular lamb dish is one of the options that are Hyderabad famous for. This delicious dish is prepared by cooking the lamb on an open stone i.e. why it is named as Patthar ka Gosht. It is spicy and can be both dry or with gravy. If you are here in the city of Hyderabad and you are a non-vegetarian, then you should never miss out this particular dish.
Baghara Baingan is a complimentary dish usually served with Hyderabadi biriyani. The dish is a spicy curry of the brinjal or the eggplant. This is a dish that is said to have originated hundreds of years ago.
Haleem is a quite famous and delicious Mughlai cuisine that is cooked by boiling up meat with lentils. In Hyderabad, Haleem is cooked in various styles that make it famous all over the world. This meat stew is a combination of traditional spices, wheat and dry fruits to make it thick and richer with health nutrients.
Hyderabadi Haleem is traditionally prepared at weddings, celebrations and other social occasions. Particularly this meat stew available only during Ramadan season, though it is available all year at restaurants.
5-Mirchi Ka Salan
As in the northern part of the country, biriyani is accompanied with raita, here in Hyderabad biriyani comes complemented with Mirchi ka Salan.it is a popular chili and peanut curry of Hyderabad. It can also serve with rice or chapati.
This is a spicy curry that is made of whole green chilies, peppers, peanuts and other spices. The perfect balance in the dish comes from the coconut paste that is added for a unique, refreshing flavour. It is a refreshing dish which served hot and is enjoyed with a main course dish.
Hyderabadi Marag should be the first step of starting Hyderabadi cuisine. It is a spicy mutton soup served as a starter in Hyderabad. This thin delicious soup is prepared with tender mutton and Garnished with fresh coriander leaves and mint leaves. You can enjoy single or with Naans and Paranthas.
It is one of the delicious snakes of Hyderabad. This tempting samosa is a spicy combination of samosa covering and keema stuffing. It is usually served with spicy chutney or Tomato Ketchup. I am sure it will perk up your appetite instantly.
8-Maghaz Masala or Bheja Fry
This finger licking amazing lamb dish, prepared with the brain of Lamb is a must try for everyone. This dish is a combo of perfect combination of spicy, thick curry with juicy meat. I am sure that every non-veg lover can’t forget to lick their fingers in the end.
This amazing and magical biscuits are the perfect supports of garam chai in Hyderabad. These biscuits are the perfect combination of saltiness and sweetness. These magical biscuits are usually available at every tea shop in Hyderabad.
10- Mirchi Bhajji
Mirchi Bhajji is a hot, spicy, tasty and perfect snack which can be found almost in any nook and corner of a street in Hyderabad! This dish, made with slitting the green chilies through the middle and stuffed with a boiled potato filling and a few spices, then coated with a batter made of gram flour and then deep fried. It is a treat for spicy food lovers especially during rains.
Dosa is crispy, golden brown, pristine dish made from a fermented batter. It is a type of pancake usually served with peanut-coconut chutney and sambar. It is a famous south Indian dish and easily available in each and every corner of Hyderabad.
There are a number of varieties of dosa are available in India including Paneer, Cheese, Onion, Corn, Mysore Masala, Butter Masala etc.
12- Hyderabadi Chaat
A trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without tasting the mouthwatering crispy chatt. There are a huge variety of chatt is available in Hyderabad including crispy aloo tikki chaat, vada chaat,hot pakora chaat, Samosa Ragada, Samosa Chaat, PapriChaat, Dahipuri ,crunchiest sevpuri chaat, tangiest cutlets.
Chaat-joints are available at every nook and corner of the city. It is a perfect combination of sweetness, sourness, saltiness, crispiness and spiciness. It is such a spicy, delicious and mouth watering snack of India.
13 -khatti daal hyderabadi
This piquant Hyderabadi style lentil is main course dish best enjoyed with steamed rice. As its name suggests, it is sour in taste. This sourness of this tooar dal or arhar dal, is actually different from regular Dal’s. It is a perfect combination of cumin seeds, garlic cloves and whole dry red chilies having a tadka comprising tomatoes, mustard seeds, green chilies and curry leaves make it more than special.
14- Hyderabadi Chicken 65
Chicken 65 is a very popular and appetizing dish in south India. In Hyderabadi chicken 65 it made by marinating, deep frying of the chicken, after deep frying the chicken pieces are added to a yoghurt mixture then some South Indian spices such as mustard seeds and curry leaves are spread over it.
It is really different from the regular chicken. Hyderabadi chicken 65 is served as a snack starter or as a side dish. I am sure you will love this juicy, spicy and delicious snake.
15- Burani Raita
Burani raita is such a perfect kind of thing to balance the flavors of your meal. It is such an important part of hyderabadi cuisine. It is most loved for its strong, lingering flavor of ginger infused flavor. It is usually served with any mutton delicacy and rice dishes including biryani and pulao.
16 -Khubani (or Qubani) ka Meetha
Khubani ka Meetha is the perfect dessert of Hyderabad made from dried apricots. It is particularly served at weddings and other traditional functions. This amazing apricot sweet is made up of some spices including cardamom and saffron. This desert is garnished with crunchy nuts and fresh cream.
17- Double ka meetha
Double ka meetha is also a popular desert of Hyderabadi cuisine. It is known as double ka meetha because this sweet is made up of bread or pav (known as double roti).
18 -Hyderabad’s Paan
Hyderabad has a great combination of small Paan shops as well as grand paan boutiques. There are a lots of options of paan in Hyderabad including sada or simple paan, meetha (sweet) paan, maghai paan, rampiyari paan, baba Kashmiri paan, kalkatta meetha paan, designer paan with real silver and gold waraq etc.
Come on………. What are you waiting for? Thank me later…, just go and enjoy the fabulous Hyderabadi cuisine.
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