I, being a true Hyderabadi will take all the pride to talk about one of my most favourite rice delicacies which is popularly known as Biryani. Vah! The name itself gets you bowled over and makes your mouth dribble by just the aroma of this exotic dish namely ‘Biryani’.
Biryani is now a signature dish in most restaurants, hotels, marriages, functions etc in Hyderabad. Influenced from the Mughlai cuisine, biryani has since ages made its approach originally from Persia and walked through its way to the sub-continents through different routes via traders and immigrants. Historians state that the name ‘Biryani’ is derived from the Persian word ‘Birian’ which actually means to fry or to roast. During the Mughal rule in Lucknow and Hyderabad in 18th and 19th centuries, this dish was considered as the royal dish for the Nawabs.
Both regions have their own authentic style of preparing the Biryani. Over days, the popularity of this dish spawned several variants that were invented in different regions it propagated to. Biryani is a royal dish, highly aromatic, scrumptious and appetizing to eat.
It is one of the most popular and acclaimed dishes in India as well as in the world. It is a complete meal by itself with addition of fragrantful rice, meat and a variety of spices and fresh herbs cooked together. There are different ways of cooking and different variations of preparing the biryani based on the meat used.
Predictably, most of the age-old biryani recipes are zealously guarded secret recipes and cooked only by those masters who have painstakingly learned the nuances of making this perfect aromatized biryani that had made its way into the royal cuisine and thereafter taught to their next generations.
The methods of cooking biryani are too old where they are cooked over firewood and red hot coals are heaped on top, such that there is heat from both sides. Biryani is generally made with lamb, chicken, prawns, fish or eggs. To cater to the vegetarians, there are also a variety of vegetarian biryanis.
The top 10 biryani in India are:
Chicken Biryani Restaurant Style The restaurant style Chicken Biryani is a combination of big chunks of chicken marinated in spices (ground), fresh herbs and spiced with green chillies and red chilli powder and soaked in yogurt overnight so that the pieces get marinated incredibly to infuse all its flavours into the chicken. This is then dum cooked with the aromatic basmati rice topped with brown onions and a nice shot of saffron is sprinkled over to give an amazing colour to the biryani.
Vegetable Biryani Vegetable Biryani is a rich and exotic rice dish with spicy vegetables. It is a popular Mughlai dish that has been adapted by the Indians. It’s special rice with exotic vegetables combined with dry fruits, spices, herbs and yoghurt to make it a rich dish. The aroma of saffron makes this dish very enticing and refreshing. Vegetable Biryani makes a great dish for a formal dinner and can be served as main meal.
Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani Hyderabadi biryani is one of the most popular dishes over the globe and one of the signature dishes of Hyderabad. This is an authentic meal of Hyderabad invariably includes mutton, chicken or lamb or vegetables cooked with exotic spices and fresh aromatic herbs.
Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani Hyderabad Chicken Biryani is truly a classic authentic dish and really comes out well if you have put the right amount of spices and the cooking of the rice to the right consistency. Biryani is one dish which shows off the versatility of spices that are truly exploited in Indian cooking. The three main ingredients for making the Biryani is really a good variety of Basmati rice, Javithri (mace) and mint.
Apart from these cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, fresh coriander leaves, ginger garlic paste, fried golden brown onions and saffron are added. A biryani is accompanied with dahi chutney or Raita (curd & onions), mirchi ka salan (big green chilli curry) or bagara baingan (roasted eggplant) and onion rings and lemon wedges.
Chicken Biryani Arabic – Makloubeh Rice Chicken Biryani Arabic – Makloubeh rice, which literally translates into “upside down” is a well-liked traditional Palestinian dish made with rice, spices, vegetables and chicken cooked deliciously to make a one-pot meal. There are different variants of this dish throughout Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.
The name Makloubeh or upside down actually refers to the way the dish is served. Typically the ingredients include fried eggplant, rice, chicken, chicken broth, salt, garam masala spices, chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, lemon juice and onions which are arranged in layers and cooked in a pot and then flipped upside down onto a large plate and served.
Chicken Pakhi Biryani Chicken Pukhi Biryani is deliciously made with basmati rice and is a specialty dish as one need to adjust the spices and condiments with meats or vegetable to perfection.
Prawn Shrimp Biryani Prawn Biryani is a traditional Indian dish prepared by layering spices, shrimp/ prawn and aromatic rice. Prawn Biryani is not a very richly flavored dish but has all the flavors of an authentic biryani. It’s simple dish and you will surely love the taste of this luscious Prawn shrimp biryani.
Prawn shrimp biryani is an aromatic, lip smacking rice dish preparation with prawns and spices mixed with natural herbs. Prawn shrimp biryani is a seafood entrée where one experiences the succulent flavors of shrimps wrapped up in layers of aromatic rice and perfectly blended to make the prawn/shrimps juicy with delicate spices and rice. It’s an irresistible awesome and a perfect dish for the seafood lovers!
Egg Biryani Egg biryani is perfect flavoured rice with striking aroma and full of richness. This dish is one of the best dishes to treat all those who do not eat meat but enjoy eating eggs. Egg biryani is one among the original feel and taste of the true Mughlai Khana.
Qubooli Lentil Biryani Qubooli Biryani is an awesome and exotic dish prepared delicately with fragrant basmati rice and chana dal (split Bengal gram/ chickpeas lentils) cooked with selected exceptional aromatic spices and fresh herbs. This dish is basically cooked on dum style of cooking which keeps the aroma and flavours of the dish intact. It’s truly a scrumptious, rich, magnificent and heavenly Hyderabadi meal for vegetarians.
Khan Biryani Khan biryani is yet another elaborate and exotic rice delicacy made of marinated spiced chicken and aromatic rice (basmati rice) cooked together that conjures up images of a grand feasts or royal celebration. This dish is heavenly with the subtle sublime blend of flavours, fragrances, textures and colours.
Cooking biryani does take a lot of practice and skill to make the perfect biryani. The most popular form of biryani in India obviously is the Hyderabadi Biryani. Biryani is not just limited to Hyderabad but also accessible to every Indian living in India.
They are other popular varieties of biryani that includes Kashmir Mutton Biryani, which is equally delicious and cooked mainly with mutton and loads of spice, Awadhi biryani of Lucknow, Iranian Biryani, Sindhi Mutton Biryani, Malabari Biryani and so on. If you haven’t yet actually tasted the perfect biryani, then go ahead and try these recipes. If you don’t get it right at the first time, no probs, try another then another, then you will get the exact biryani that is served in most restaurants.
This would be one of the best moments and a feeling of satisfaction and the fact that you won’t be able to stop licking your fingers! If you haven’t tried preparing biryani, then do try this delicious combination of aromatic rice and spices. This is one of the perfect concoctions designed to rekindle your taste buds and stimulate your sleeping sensations.
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