ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Types of Biryani In India That You Dare Not Miss

Updated on November 2, 2014

Very Easy To Cook!!

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!

What is preferable kind of Biriyani

See results


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)