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5 Types of Biryani In India That You Dare Not Miss

Updated on November 2, 2014

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Biryani from the Kitchens of the Mughals

The present day Mughlai Biryani that is served on a platter in front of you might not have the old-world royal charm, but I can vouch that it sure does retain the same heavenly taste. The mesmerizing recipe was brought in to the country by the Persian kings. Nowadays the best sort of Mughlai Biryani is found in the streets of the national capital Delhi and its neighboring places. Biryani is generally cooked with rice mixed in spices and meat. What’s special about Mughlai Biryani is that it has potato in it! It makes the recipe yummier!

In Mughlai Biryani the rice is cooked separately and kept in a half boiled state, while the meat and the potatoes are cooked in spices in another container. After these are prepared, all of them are mixed and again cooked under pressure for a few minutes more- and there you go- Mughlai Biryani is ready to be served and enjoyed with a bowl of raita!

Biryani from the city of Nazaakat and Aada

Lucknowi Biryani is quite different from the above-mentioned Mughlai Biryani. The land of Nawabs- Lucknow is not only famous for their warm hospitality and modest attitude, but also for their yummilicious Biryani! The Biryani made in Lucknow is made with fewer spices as compared to the Mughlai Biryani. Biryani is the first word that comes to my mind once I hear the name Lucknow- as if it has a symbolic relationship with the heavenly food!

Lucknowi Biryani has another name, it is also known as ‘Pukka Biryani’. It is so named because of the method in which it is cooked. The rice and meat are cooked separately in the beginning, and then they are put in layers in a giant container. The container is then sealed with dough of flour or wheat and the Biryani is cooked in Dum Pukht style! Hence the name has been aptly given.

Hydrabadi Biriyani - A Taste That You Will Remember Forever!!

Biryani from the South

Hyderabadi Biryani is extremely famous in the south. It is first initiated by the Nizams of Hyderabad. The Nizams brought in the recipe and this type of Biryani is a wonderful merge between the Mughlai Biryani and the cuisine of the state of Andhra Pradesh. You will get the taste of Hyderabadi south Indian cuisine in the Biryani. It is very different from what you find up in the northern parts of the country.

It is considered to be a famous food and is well appreciated by all. The recipe is quite spicy and rich! Hyderabadi Biryani is prepared by mixing all the rice, spices and meat and is cooked together. Another name of Hyderbadi Biryani is “Yakhni Biryani” or “Kacchi Yakhni”.

Biryani from the City of Joy

I don’t want to sound partial, but Biryani from Kolkata is the best of the different Biryanis that I have ever tasted. And trust me I have tasted almost all the variants that are found in India! Kolkata Biryani was first created by the Nizams; they were put into banishment to Kolkata by the British after the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. In those days while they were in exile, they did not get meat, hence they started using potatoes. This tradition goes on and still now you will find potato in all Kolkata Biryani.

Lesser known Biryani

Sindhi Biryani is one of the lesser known Biryanis of the country. Sindhi Biryani- the name originates from the place Sind, which is presently situated in Pakistan. This Biryani is very different from the other variants as it is the only one which uses yogurt in it. Loads of yogurt is used to cook this recipe along with the rice, meat and spices. This makes it quite different in taste and is very delicious to have! Do try it!

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