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Hyderabad Biryani, Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani: Any description of Hyderabad is incomplete without the mention of Hyderabad Biryani. Even the name is enough for food lover to go crazy! Undoubtedly Hyderabadi Biryani is famous is all over the world and is an important part of any trip to Hyderabad. Isn't it? So here, we bring some known and unknown things about the Biryani.

The most important of all. Where in Hyderabad can you get the best of Biryani? When at Hyderabad, do try biryani from places like Paradise in Begumpet, Hyderabad House, Bawarchi and Madina House at Charminar which is apparently the oldest hotel selling this delicious delicacy. Originally with goat biryani, beef biryani and chicken biryani are the most popular kinds. For those looking for veg biryani, Amantran near Madhapur area of Hyderabad is one of the best.

The biryani is cooked in two different forms and thats the reason why there is difference between Lucknowi Biryani and Hyderabadi Biryani. Both the kinds presents two different flavours. Lucknowi Biryani presents you with subtle flavour while Hyderabadi Biryani is mostly known for the use of its wide range of spices.

The name “Biryani” arrived from the Parsee word ‘birian’, which means ‘fried before cooking’. It is said that biryani was brought to India by Emperor Taimur Lang. Mughals were the key reason for the extension of biryani in various parts of the country. From Gangetic plains after the evolution of Awadhi Biryani, it moved to the Kolkata and the to the Deccan region.

Under the Nizams of Hyderabad, various flavours and ways were experimented for cooking Biryani. This led to new way of preparing Biryani specific to this region - Hyderabadi ‘Dum’ Biryani’. This biryani is cooked in ‘Dum’ after meat and rice are layered raw.

The Hyderabadi Biryani is now served with various side dishes such as ‘Mirchi ka Salan’, ‘Dhanshak’ and ‘Baghare Baingan’.

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