Food is love – forever and in Hyderabad food is a celebration! The royal cuisine here has created some iconic recipes that are world famous today! In Hyderabad, the aroma of food walks through the air as one moves through the streets. In this article, we will explore some parts of hyderabadi cuisine.
Let us explore the 30 Must Try Hyderabadi Dishes
1: Hyderabadi Biryani
Hyderabadi Biryani is the best authentic Biryani cooked on Dum with aromatic basmati rice tender meat, fragrant spices and saffron. It is a best one pot dish and serves as a wholesome meal at any point of the day.
2: Mirchi ka salan
Mirchi ka salan is very tasty and popular, it is served alongside biryani. Mirchi ka salan is made with fried Bhavnagri chillies cooked in a flavourful masala made with ground peanuts, sesame seeds and powdered spices and tamarind pulp.
3: Khubani ka meetha
Khubani ka meetha is a very classic Hyderabadi dessert. It is made of apricot. Garnished with custard and nuts. This sweet makes a perfect dessert to have after Biryani!
4: Irani Chai
People say that India runs on Chai! And in Hyderabad, the chai culture is at another level! The Irani Chai is a fuel to all Hyderabadis! It is a super duper tasty and stress relieving drink.
5: Osmania Biscuit
Osmania Biscuit is a famous evening nashta (snacks). This was served to be hot and literally melts inside your mouth. Its a must try
6: Mutton Pasinde
Pasinde is one of the most classic Hyderabadi dishes. Try it with some roti or paratha it’s sure to tantalise your taste buds!
Haleem is a popular Hyderabadi dish which had its origins from Arabia. It is usually made using lamb mixed with wheat lentils or cereals, cooked continuously for eight hours. The result is a rich paste that it tastes like warm mouthfuls of heaven.
8: Double ka meetha
Double ka meetha is sort of a bread pudding as it becomes double its size and that’s why its called double ka meetha It is locally called as Shahi Tukda as well. It is a very popular dessert and is extremely tasty
9. Nihari Kulcha
Nihari is soup/stew made using mutton and cooked well for hours on low flame. It is served with Kulcha that is basically naan.
10. Jauzi Halwa
Jauzi Halwa is a dessert that was the favourite dish of the Nizam. It has flavour of mace, nutmeg, cardamom, saffron, and has lots of chopped nuts.
Marag is a stew made of mutton meat and bones. It is mild, even this is cooked for long hours on low flame to cook the meat. Ingredients also include pistachios and cream.
Lukmi is starter in most of the Hyderabadi Parties, it is square in shape; has a soft-hard crust (one like samosa) and is stuffed with mutton mince. It can be served as a snack/starter.
13. Pathar ka Gosht
Pathar ka Gosht is a dish where the meat pieces are marinated for about 24 hours and cooked on a hot stone (paththar). The result is soft, tender, tasty mutton pieces.
There are two variations to this khorma: one is with chicken, the other is with mutton and potatoes. The way of preparation is almost the same. Both are great in taste; served with either naan or baghara rice.
Dupyaza is where lots of onions are added to mutton pieces and cooked to get a flavourful dish. Usually made with raw mangoes, most famous is “kairi (raw mango) ka dupyaza”.
Khubooli is a vegetarian version of biryani. Here, split chickpeas (chana dal) is used instead of the meat. It is mostly prepared at homes during the month of “Muharram”.
Shami is made using mutton mince, it is tender and flavourful. It is shallow fried. It is served with Hyderabadi Khatti Daal.
18. Khatti (Sour-flavoured) Daal
Khatti Daal is made by boiling pigeon pea (toor daal), mashed; juice of tamarind is added to make it sour. Finally, a tempering is added.
19.Talawa Gosht/ Tala hua Gosht
Talawa Gosht is basically fried mutton. First, the boneless mutton is cooked with onion and few spices; It is then fried.
20. Bagaare Baigan
Bagaare Baigan is where brinjals are first fried then cooked in spices and tamarind juice.
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Shikampur is made using mutton mince. It has a soft covering of cooked, ground meat and is stuffed with mixture having hung yoghurt, chopped onions and green chilies.
Kaddu ka Daalcha has mutton, lentils and bottle gourd (kaddu). The bottle gourd is sometimes replaced by tomatoes. It is best served with Baghara Rice.
Khichdi is rice and split red lentil (masoor daal). It can be served with khageena and til chutney. The other alternative is Khichdi, Khatta and Kheema.
Chakna is aromatic, fiery stew that has digestive parts of the goat. One can never forget its taste because of the tears that it’ll leave after we eat it. It is served with naan.
25. Hyderabadi Shadi ka Red Chicken
Red Chicken is a dish that you’ll in almost every Hyderabadi party that you attend. It is spicy and served with naan or rumali roti.
26. Dum ka Murgh
Dum ka Murgh is a delicacy where chicken is marinated in tons of spices. It is then cooked on Dum, it is soft and very tasty. It has a smoky flavour. It is best served with roti.
27. Bagara Khana
Bagara Khana is flavourful rice; It is tempered with onions and few spices. It is a good option when you are bored with the normal boiled rice.
Tahari is the alternate version of Biryani. Potatoes and Meat are added to the flavor the rice. The origin of Tahari is Awadh.
29. Dum ka Kheema
Dum ka kheema is a dish which is liked by many people from all over the globe. It is not available in gravy form but you can experience the moist meat in dum ka kheema.
30. Badam ki Jaali
Badam ki jaali is a sweet dish. And it is available in baked form. Silver varq is added to make it look good and better.
Here are our 30 Must Try Hyderabadi Recipes. Let us know your favourite Hyderabadi recipes through comment section!