Biriyani is many flavors together in your mouth. Perfectly married spices with rice and veggies or eggs, chicken or mutton are certain to add spark to your hunger pangs and cravings!! Introduced to India in the Mughal era Biryani was of Persian origin and has become a fusion dish blending the past and the present while acquiring flavors of India that add to its piquancy. These 5 Legendary Indian Biriyani’s are waiting to be tried by Biryani lovers!
The Awadhi Biriyani
Awadh or the present-day Lucknow was home to Mughal rulers for over 300 years. The biryani is believed to have its origins in Awadh (Lucknow) for the first time. The rice for the Biryani is cooked separately along with cinnamon, star anise, and saffron. The well-marinated half-cooked meat is added later to the “handi” which is sealed then with dough. Cooked traditionally in the “Dum” style this sumptuous dish waits till the flavors blend in perfectly!
The Kolkata Biryani
The Kolkata Biriyani has similarities to its Awadhi version and was introduced by the Nawabs! The recipe is highly moderated to suit the taste-buds of Bengalis and includes boiled eggs and potatoes apart from the meat! The dish is sweet overall with the spices adding a mild flavor. The Kolkata biriyani is very appetizing and a must-try!
The Hyderabadi Biriyani
Most popular amongst biryani lovers, one spoonful of it will burst its aromatic & savory flavors into your mouth! The rice is layered with fried onions, chilies, mint leaves, coriander leaves and very spicy chicken which makes this pleasantly sharp! Then kewra water, rose water, and saffron is sprinkled to make it even more special! Sealing finally with dough this Biryani is cooked in “dum” style! Well, surely makes you lust for this amazingly delicious biriyani!
The Sindhi Biriyani
This originated in the Gujrat-Sindh province (now in Pakistan), this is a treat from the north-western parts of India! The biriyani is loaded with chopped chilies, coriander leaves, mint leaves, and roasted spices! Also added are yogurt, potatoes, tomatoes for more flavors. Beautified with dry fruits, nuts and onion ring this Biryani is rich in texture and provocatively appetizing!
The Malabar Biryani
The Malabar Coast of India is famous for its coastal food and its biryani! The flavors flow from Arab to mingle with Mughlai ones giving birth to this Biriyani! The rice used in this dish is not Basmati but a flavored Jeerakasala rice which is famous in Kerala! Malabar Biryani is perfectly Malayali as it gets cooked with choice of meat, turmeric, and mild spices, along with the amalgamation of spicy, tangy, sweetened and salty tastes! Garnished with onions and sauteed dry fruits, this delectable Biryani should lure you all the way to this part of India!
Hungry? Tempted? Go follow your hunger pangs and instincts!! Get going on a trail of pacifying your Biryani lust! You know which ones to try now!