Monday, December 20, 2004

Gastronomic Delights

Since the day I arrived in Hyderabad, I have been hogging the famous Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani regularly. It definitely deserves a post on my blog. So here it is...

In the olden days when the armies marched long stretches, they were to be fed in the most befittingly nutritious manner. Hence they carried with them herds of sheep, goats and rations of rice and wheat. The meat was then cooked with rice or wheat, what was cooked with rice came to be known as Biryani and with wheat as Haleem. The Nizam and other members of the royal family with unwavered dedication from the royal cooks perfected this most ordinary cooking by using expensive, special and aromatic ingredients to produce food of the highest quality of taste and nutrition. The extent of care taken is evident from the fact that even the metal that is used in cooking is predominantly copper, which helps in slow cooking, while retaining the flavours of the meat and spices.

Where in Hyderabad:
There are quite a few places famous for Chicken Biryani in Hyderabad. Paradise on M.G. Road, Secunderabad, serves arguably the best Chicken Biryani in Hyderabad. There is a place called "Bavarchi" on RTC cross roads which is also famous for its biryani. A chain of restaurants called "Hyderabad House" is also decent. But I personally prefer "Paradise" and "Bawarchi". If you happen to land in Hyderabad and want to savour the biryani, you know where to go....