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Why biryanis are still a culinary favorite.

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

A world-renowned Indian dish, biryani takes time and practice to make but is worth every bit of the effort. Long-grained rice (like basmati) flavored with fragrant spices such as saffron and layered with lamb, chicken, fish, or vegetables and a thick gravy. This is definitely a special occasion dish.

Hyderabadi Biryani One of the most aromatic biryani, the Hyderabadi biryani is a favourite of many food lovers throughout India and the world even.

So what makes biryani so awesome? Well, these might be the reasons;

A) Unique & Globally Appealing Flavour

Hyderabadi biryani has a signature taste that you can’t find elsewhere.

It’s not only influenced by the strong south Indian aromas but is also enriched by many foreign flavours as brought by noble brides from Egypt, Morocco, turkey, etc., who married Hyderabad Naas in earlier days…

B) Unique Cooking Style

According to the Hyderabad style of making biryani, the mutton/chicken/vegetables are first marinated in Yogurt, herbs & spices & are then cooked with rice over a low flame.

This unique process ensures that the rice absorbs all the juiciness & spices and brings you that classic “melt in your mouth” gourmet experience.

C) Aromatic Basmati Rice

No matter the variant, the super fragrant saffron flavoured rice is the star of every Hyderabad biryani.

Laced generously with cardamom, cloves & other spices, the rice gets steamed in the mutton/chicken juices, giving it that rich, distinct aroma.

Some even add rosewater & dry fruits to the mix, further elevating its mouth-wateriness.

D) Choices, Choices, and More Choices

Seeing that you can tweak the recipe, the sheer variety of Hyderabad biryani available can be simply astounding.

Then there is sofiyani, a light, milder tasting biryani that’s known for its bright white color & status as a closely guarded recipe known by a very select few.

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