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12 Hyderabadi Dishes That Are An Absolute Must-Try

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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.

12 Hyderabadi Dishes That Are An Absolute Must-Try:

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1. Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabadi Biryanisource: Knorr.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!”

2. Haleem

Haleemsource: khadizaskitchen.files.wordpress.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.”

3. Dum Pukht

Dum Pukhtsource: farm4.static.flickr.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.”

4. Mirchi Ka Salan

Mirchi Ka Salansource: padmajaskitchen.wordpress.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.”


5. Gosht Pasinde

Gosht Pasindesource: wordpress.com

Pasinde is one of the many favourite dishes of Hyderabadis. This dish is made from meat, potatoes, beans and loads of pungent spices thrown in. Its creamy texture and incredible taste will leave you totally satisfied. 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.”

6. Lukhmi

Lukhmisource: blogspot.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.”

7. Paaya

Paayasource: akshayapatra.blogspot.com

Paaya is prepared with roasted spices and goat trotters which means bags and bags of rich, succulent flavours packed into this one scrumptious dish. Serve it piping hot with steamed rice and experience the flavour dancing in your mouth. 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)."

8. Keema Samosa

Keema Samosasource: kabobcurry.com

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.”


9. Boti Kabab

Boti Kababsource: utshobbd.com

Lamb boti kebab is normally made from the leg of lamb meat. The whole muscle meat is marinated in yogurt and spices. 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.”

10. 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.”

11. 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).”

12. Qubani ka Meetha

Qubani ka Meethasource: holidayiq.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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