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Top 10 Hyderabadi Recipes
Last Updated : Apr 11,2017
Dine Like a King with Hyderabadi Delicacies
Hyderabadi cuisine is known for its opulence. Even every day food is rich in flavour, with special masala pastes, while delicacies are even richer with abundant use of dry fruits and dairy products. It is very common to find ingredients like cashew paste and fresh cream being used in gravies. Likewise, dry fruits and nuts are also used extensively, not only in desserts and sweets but also in savoury dishes like koftas, pulaos, subzis and snacks. This is due to the long period of Mughal rule in that region and the indestructible mark they have left on the culture and cuisine of the city.
While Hyderabadi cuisine is very vast, with a great variety of dishes in all categories, some items like Biryani have become synonymous with the cuisine of that region. Biryani is a very richly flavoured rice preparation in which the rice is cooked with flavour-packed gravies, whole spices, veggies and other ingredients. The sequence in which the ingredients are added to the Biryani and the way the rice is cooked are all significant steps that make a Biryani perfect! Nowadays, it is easy to make Biryani using a pressure cooker or microwave oven, but the traditional method of cooking them in earthenware or closed handis gave them a special flavour and irresistible aroma. Likewise, kulchas and brinjal based dishes are also very famous in Hyderabad.
Enjoy a sample of Hyderabad’s famous delicacies ranging from special breads like the Hyderabadi Paneer Potato Kulcha and the Bidari Parantha, to snacks like Lukhmi, vegetable and dal preparations like the Hyderabadi Baghara Baingan and Hyderabadi Khatti Dal, and special sweets like the Gil-e- Firdaus and the Khubani ka Meetha. We have also included some special dishes like Hyderabadi Veg Haleem, which are traditionally non-vegetarian, but we have adapted and given a thoroughly vegetarian version.
This is a special selection of dishes that will be loved by all, and you will surely enjoy this culinary journey into the heartlands of Hyderabad.
Top 10 Hyderabadi Recipes
An extraordinary kulcha with a spicy and satisfying taste, which makes it fit to be served just like that without any elaborate side-dishes.
With a rich stuffing of paneer and potatoes, flavoured with myriad ingredients like green chillies, ginger, onions and herbs like coriander and mint, this Hyderabadi Paneer Potato Kulcha has a holistic taste and texture.
You can enjoy it for breakfast
or as a snack
, carry it in your lunch box, or even serve it at a party. Simple accompaniments like raita
are enough to make it a complete meal.
Try other kulcha recipes like Paneer Kulcha
and Pudina Kulcha
Hyderabadi Haleem is a one-dish meal
, which has gained international acclaim.
In Hyderabad, the dish is an indispensable part of celebrity events like weddings, and is consumed especially during Iftaar, the evening meal following the day-long fast observed by Muslims during the month of Ramadan
This is so because Haleem is a high-calorie dish that gives instant energy. Here is a vegetarian version of the energy and flavour packed Hyderabadi
Packed with broken wheat, a range of lentils, vegetables and spices, the Hyderabadi Veg Haleem is self-contained in flavour and texture and ideal to serve as a one-dish meal.
A garnish of deep-fried onions and mixed nuts adds to the crunchiness and flavour of this dish, also giving it a masaledar aroma instantly.
Try your hand at making other Hyderabadi delicacies like the Char Dal ka Dalcha
and the Bakar Khani Naan
Loads of tomatoes and tamarind give this Hyderabadi Khatti Dal a tongue-tickling tanginess, while a splash of spice powders and other pungent ingredients like ginger, garlic and green chillies add to its finger-licking taste!
This everyday dal
is made very frequently in Hyderabadi homes, and is one of the undisputed favourites in that region. It is enjoyed hot and fresh with plain rice or rotis.
You can also try other Hyderabadi
dishes like Bakar Khani Naan
A flavour-packed treat for your palate, the Hyderabadi Baghara Baingan is loaded with the dynamic flavours of several seeds and spices.
Slit brinjals are cooked with an aromatic and spicy tempering of seeds, curry leaves and green chillies, and a rich paste that contains a large gamut of flavourful ingredients ranging from onions and ginger to spice powders ad peanuts.
Indeed, every mouthful of this dish is brimming with flavour, and it is bound to turn even plain rice
into a memorable meal!
Try other baingan based dishes like Baingan Methi ki Subzi
and Baingan Musasalam
Khubani ka Meetha is the perfect dessert to serve after a sumptuous meal of Hyderabadi Biryani. It is a classic Hyderabadi dessert made with apricot and custard.
A puree of delightfully sweet apricots with a hint of tang and sourness, is laced with Indian spices like cardamom and saffron, and served on a bed of lusciously creamy vanilla custard.
A garnish of crunchy nuts adds to the richness of this fabulous dessert. Khubani ka Meetha is a must-have item on most Hyderabadi wedding menus, but you don’t have to attend one to taste this amazing dish – just try it at home on a Sunday and surprise your family with it after lunch.
You can try other apricot delights like Apricot Mousse
and Apricot Stew with Vanilla Custard
Lukhmi is a crisp and flaky version of samosa that is part of the local cuisine of Hyderabad.
style Lukhmi is usually non-vegetarian, here we have made a version with a spicy vegetarian filling comprising potatoes and paneer perked up with spice powders, pastes and herbs.
You can have this delicacy with tea, or serve it with breakfast. You can also try other savoury snacks like the Aloo Methi Tikki
and the Banana Bhajiya
Gil-e-Firdaus is an elaborate but memorable sweet dish, which is made commonly in Hyderabad during festivals and weddings.
Sago and coarsely-crushed rice are cooked in milk and perked up with a range of ingredients like bottle gourd, nuts, condensed milk and cashew paste to get a lusciously creamy dessert with a unique mouth-feel.
Saffron, cardamom and rose water give the Gil-e-Firdaus a rich flavour, which will linger on your palate for long after your cup is empty.
Do not grate the bottle gourd in advance as it will turn black; prepare it just before you are ready to cook the dish.
You can also try other Hyderabadi
sweets like the Khubani ka Meetha
The Bidari Paratha is a unique treat that will make you feel special the moment you bite into one!
It has a very interesting, flaky texture achieved by a dough that combines the perfect proportions of refined flour, wheat flour and semolina. There is a special way of rolling this parantha, which you can master by following the recipe instructions and practicing a little bit.
A lot of ghee is used while rolling the parantha, and this is very important to get the flaky texture. Make your Sunday lunch very special, by serving Bidari Parantha with tongue-tickling gravies and curries.
Try other Hyderabadi recipes like Bakar Khani Naan
One of the most popular delicacies in the Telangana region, Tamatar ka Kut is a rich and spicy curry of tomatoes, flavoured with a powder of roasted sesame, groundnut and coconut. The ‘kut’ in the recipe name refers to this dry-roasted and powdered spice mix.
This eggless version of Tamatar ka Kut has a rich, creamy and nutty flavour, punctuated by the tangy notes of tomatoes. The use of ingredients like onion seeds and garlic in the tempering also contributes to the flavour and aroma of this delicacy.
Serve it hot with rice
. You can also try other Hyderabadi
specialties like Mirchi ka Salan
and Khubani ka Meetha
Burhani Raita is a nice and masaledar Hyderabadi
raita, which combines the pungency of garlic with the aroma of coriander and the flavour of popular spice powders.
The Burhani Raita is super easy to make – you just need to whisk the curds and mix in the remaining ingredients – but it tastes special. It tastes best when served chill.
Try other raitas like the Mooli and Fruit Raita
and the Onion Raita
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