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You'll Hate Yourself For Not Trying These 18 Iconic Hyderabadi Dishes

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From biryani and kebabs to sweet dishes, the royal Hyderabadi cuisine has it all. HolidayIQ Travellers list 12 Hyderabadi dishes that are must try.

You'll Hate Yourself For Not Trying These 18 Iconic Hyderabadi Dishes:

  1. Hyderabad (Telangana)

1. Paaya

Paayasource: akshayapatra.blogspot.com

Paya is a traditional Hyderabadi dish that is served during festivals. This is a curry-like preparation made with sheep trotters, onions, tomatoes and aromatic masalas.

HolidayIQ Traveller Prayank Jain shares, “If you are fond of non-veg food, you must try keema, paaya or roasted chicken.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller GV, “For traditional Hyderabadi Breakfast including soup of lamb legs (called as 'paaya') with bread (called as Tandoori Roti)."

2. Keema Samosa

Keema Samosasource: fashiontrends.pk

HolidayIQ Traveller Hemlata Malav shares, “If you are a foodie than you should try the bakeries here and should visit Gokul chat bhandar and Paradise hotel at least once.”

3. Khatti Dal

Khatti Dalsource: notderbypie.com

The khatti dal is a popular lentil recipe made from split pigeon peas or arhar dal. The word ‘khatti‘ translates to ‘sour’ in english. So the exact translation of ‘khatti dal‘ will be ‘sour lentils’. Although the dal has sour taste but it is delicious. The dal is cooked first till the desired consistency and then tempered. the sourness comes from the tamarind. so you have a creamy, smooth, flavorful and sour dal.

HolidayIQ Traveller Subendu shares, “Excellent welcome from the hotel staff, wonderful hotel rooms with well furnished facilities inside room & hotel. If any body wants to stay either for business purpose or with family. Nearer to railway station with easy accessibility to Prime locations of Hyderabad. Hotel Vaishnaoi is the best. One important thing "The Dal Fry" of the Restaurant of the Hotel is Fabulous. I thinK I should rate this Hotel as 4 Star instead of 3 Star Hotel.”

4. Burani Raita

Burani Raitasource: ksmartstatic.sify.com

Boondi burani raita is a garlic flavored raita which goes very well with any Indian meal. You can skip boondi and make plain burani raita. This goes perfect with qabooli biryani.

HolidayIQ Traveller Robin Menon shares, “The food a mixture of the Mughlai and Andhra has many varieties. Overall, we enjoyed our trip to Hyderabad.”

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5. Kache Gosht Ki Biryani

Kache Gosht Ki Biryanisource: sanjeevkapoor.com

This dish is a legend from the kitchens of the Nizam of Hyderabad, the kachche gosht ki biryani. It is a spicy  fragrant and colourful variant of biryani imade in traditional style. Raw meat with spices is cooked for couple of minutes and then covered with rice and kept ondum until done.

6. Boti Kabab

Boti Kababsource: talepicker.com

Boti Kabab is an all time favourite of all Hyderabadis. Thoroughly marinated, mutton cubes are cooked and then grilled on a skewer.Don't just drool, the word is 'try!' HolidayIQ Traveller Biswadeep shares, “Try the boti kababs and sheekh kababs at Bade Miyan Kababs. Patthar ke gosh inside half parathas with some onions is also a must-taste.”

7. Malai Korma

Malai Kormasource: guideofindia.com

Malai Korma is a delicious mughlai vegetarian dish, koftas made with malai paneer and delicate gravy. It is a tasty vegetable dish, fit for a royal feast!

HolidayIQ Traveller Sushmanth Yamsani shares, “Every day you can enjoy in Hyderabad and different types of foods and different cultures etc. If you visit Hyderabad only you will get to know about it.”

8. Ghost Pasinde

Ghost Pasindesource: news.yahoo.com

This meat recipe from Hyderabad will instantly drool you. Mutton is marinated in ginger-garlic paste, yogurt and other spices after which it is  pressure cooked. Try the dish with  hot tandoori rotis.

HolidayIQ Traveller  Sonu Ds shreas, “Especially when it comes to food you can get all varieties in the best price. You can get north Indian and south Indian food alike. Hyderabad is a city which mix up both north and south Indian culture.”

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9. Qabooli Biryani

Qabooli Biryanisource: paperblog.com

Qabooli Biryani is distinct from other biryani because of addition of  chana dal. This scrumptious flavourful dish is made up with dahi,basmati rice,pudina,delicious spices & of course chana dal all cooked in dum method .

10. Dum Phukt

Dum Phuktsource: bytplus.com

‘Dum’ means to ‘breathe in’ and ‘Pukht’ to 'cook'. Dum Pukht cooking uses a round, heavy – bottomed pot, a handi, in which food is tightly sealed and cooked over a slow fire. There are two main aspects to this style of cooking; bhunao and dum, or ‘roasting’ and ‘maturing’ of a prepared dish. In this style of cuisine, Herbs and spices play an extremely critical role. The process of slow roasting gently persuades each to release maximum flavour. HolidayIQ Traveller Diksha from Mumbai says, “The Awadhi cuisine of 'Dum Pukht' is a must try.”

11. Haleem

Haleemsource: chaibisket.com

Haleem is a stew composed of meat, lentils and pounded wheat made into a thick paste. Pista House Haleem is a must-try when in Hyderabad. HolidayIQ Traveller GV says, “For traditional Hyderabadi Biryani, visit Shadab Hotel beside the High Court. The mutton biryani is a must have.” HolidayIQ Traveller Somya says, “Visit Cafe 555 only for their haleem.”

12. Mirchi Ka Salan

Mirchi Ka Salansource: holidayiq.com

This  traditional Hyderabadi salan is made in a shallow wide flat bottomed handi. The salan is a sealed in this handi and kept on low fire to cook with all the flavours trapped inside to give that authentic rich taste.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sushmanth Yamsani shares, “Every day you can enjoy in Hyderabad and different types of foods and different cultures etc. If you visit Hyderabad only you will get to know about it.”

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13. Hyderabadi Marag

Hyderabadi Maragsource: wikipedia.org

This Hyderabadi dish is a spicy mutton soup served as a starter in Hyderabad. It is prepared from tender mutton with bone. This soup has become one of the starters at Hyderabadi weddings.

HolidayIQ Traveller Prasad Polamara says, “One hasn't truly been in Hyderabad until he has tried Hyderabadi food.”

14. Dum Biryani

Dum Biryanisource: hungryaar.com

Hyderabadi biryani is the first thing that comes to mind whenever anyone mentions Hyderabad. It is prepared in the form of kachay gosht ki biryani and dum ki biryani. The best places to try the dish are Hyderabad House and Paradise biryani.

HolidayIQ Traveller Prasad Polamara says, “One hasn't truly been in Hyderabad until he has tried Hyderabadi biryani.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Madhavi, “The Hyderabadi dum biryani and haleem are a must-have. Try biryani at the famous Paradise Biryani outlets. Paradise is a heritage restaurant located close to the airport and serves up the best biryani in the world!”

15. Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurmasource: ytimg.com

Sheer khurma or sheer khorma is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims of Hyderabad.

16. Lukmi

Lukmisource: theidealmuslimah.com

Lukhmi is a typical mince savoury or starter of the cuisine of Hyderabad. It is a local variation of samosa. HolidayIQ Traveller GV shares, “You could also try another breakfast dish called as Lukhmi which is made of refined wheat flour with potato or minced meat, and looks like a flat samosa.”

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17. Shahi Tukda

Shahi Tukdasource: kamalascorner.com

Shahi tukda is a rich dessert and it lives up to its name. Pieces of bread that have been deep fried till golden brown and crisp are topped with the very popular rabdi and garnished with loads of dry fruits and some chaandi ka varq. HolidayIQ Traveller Urvashi shares, “Shikampur cutlets are another great bite to have. In dessert, try khubani ka meetha and double ka meetha (shahi tukda).”

18. Qubani Ka Meetha

Qubani Ka Meethasource: timescity.com

Qubani ka meetha is an Indian dessert made from dried apricots originating from Hyderabad. It is a common feature at Hyderabadi weddings. HolidayIQ Traveller Gowri Guttikonda says, “If you visit Charminar, then do not miss to visit Pista House.”

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