Hyderabad: One of the most mouth-watering variants of Biryani in India comes from Hyderabad. Hyderabadi Biryani has a distinct flavor of its own and has a different style of preparation. Diaspora from Hyderabad, Deccan, has taken this Biryani to everywhere in the world.
From Chicago’s famed Divon Street to Big Apple, Karachi, Dubai and even Kualalumpur, Hyderabadi Biryani can be found by sheer presence of its powerful aroma.
If there are Hyderabadi or Deccani people living in any part of the world, they ensure that Hyderabadi Biryani is in abundant and constant supply to satisfy their taste buds.
A Hindu report, while quoting Hyderabad cuisine expert, Nawab Mehboob Alam Khan, says preparation of Hyderabadi Biryani is very unique. “There are several variants of biryanis everywhere. The style of cooking, however, remains the same everywhere. But, only in Hyderabad, biryani is cooked in a unique style…Unlike elsewhere, we in Hyderabad do not cook meat and rice separately. We cook raw rice and raw meat together with exotic spices and that’s our speciality…‘Kutchi’ (raw) biryani style, in which raw rice and raw meat are cooked together in a ‘handi’ (earthen pot) with spices and a little bit of water”.
In the meantime, a FirstPost report says that the Hyderabadi Biryani has been pronounced as the National dish of India. “Idli and dosa, dhokla, biryani, aloo paratha and phuchka were the nominees for this prestigious title. But it was biryani that pipped them to the top spot”.
The report goes on to add, “There is some good news for vegetarians as well, as the Ministry of Consumer affairs, Food and Public Distribution has kept it quite open ended. The national dish will be available in various iterations: veg biryani, egg biryani, chicken and mutton. Keeping in mind sanskaari and shakahari values, the government just won the hearts of millions…Narendra Modi will announce the development in his scheduled Chai Pe Charcha this week. He will elaborate on the history of the biryani, and its significance. All ingredients used will have the ‘made in India’ mark”.
While many Hyderabadi Biryani fans would have gone gaga over the news, FirstPost report was an apparent April Fool’s Day 2017 prank. But to be true it must have been a very calculated prank as it comes at a time when slaughter of animal is being forcibly stopped in much of the country, especially North and Central India.