Did You Know About the History of Biryani?
By Emaratiya On 4 Feb, 2017 At 06:50 AM | Categorized As Kitchen, Miscellaneous, woman | No Comments
Biryani Cover

Biryani Cover

Biryani is a kind of food that almost everyone loves, and that may include those who haven’t tasted it yet. It is a cuisine from South Asia which have gone famous around the world, especially in places where there are Indian residents or Indian descents.

Most people say that the taste and aroma of the dish is what make them feel craving for it. And the rest are saying that just taking a look at it, it makes them feel starving. This explains why Biryani is one of the most favorite dish of people from South Asia.

Mughal Empire

Mughal Empire

Based on the most popular story about biryani history, it is said to be first made during the Mughal Empire in the 1600’s, in which Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan’s beautiful queen who inspired the Taj Mahal) had requested the Chef to create and prepare a dish that has a combination of meat and rice to feed the soldiers. It said that her request was triggered when she came to visit the Mughal soldiers and the soldiers looked weak and undernourished. The dish was named then as biryani. Biryani derived from the Persian word Birian, which means ‘fried before cooking’ and Birinj, the Persian word for rice.

Biryani is a complex dish to prepare together with the number of spices it requires. Traditionally, rice was fried before boiling. It would be fried in ghee or clarified butter and then cooked in boiling water. The frying process gave the rice a nutty flavour but it also formed a starch layer around each grain. This meant that rice would not clump together, and it would retain its shape when mixed with the meat. It will seasoned with cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, mint leaves, etc. that makes the dish very aromatic and mouth-watering.

As the time changes, biryani had evolved to many varieties which uses different ingredients and cooking styles. Below are some famous varieties of biryani:

1.) Mughlai Biryani

Mughlai Biriyani

Mughlai Biriyani

2.) Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabadi Biriyani

Hyderabadi Biriyani

3.) Calcutta Biryani

Calcutta Biryani

Calcutta Biryani

4.) Dindigul Biryani

Dindigul Biryani

Dindigul Biryani

5.) Lucknowi Biryani

Lucknowi Biryani

Lucknowi Biryani

6.) Arcot Biryani

Arcot Biryani

Arcot Biryani

7.) Memoni Biryani

Memoni Biryani

Memoni Biryani

8.) Thalassery Biryani

Thalassery Biryani

Thalassery Biryani

9.) Kampuri Biryani

Kampuri Biryani

Kampuri Biryani

10.) Tahari Biryani

Tahari Biryani

Tahari Biryani

11.) Beary Biryani

Beary Biryani

Beary Biryani

12.) Sindhi Biryani

Sindhi Biryani

Sindhi Biryani

13.) Bhatkali Biryani

Bhatkali Biryani

Bhatkali Biryani

14.) Bombay Biryani

Bombay Biryani

Bombay Biryani

15.) Doodh Ki Biryani

Doodh Ki Biryani

Doodh Ki Biryani

Nowadays, biryani is a food which is not only patronized by Indians, but a food that fits the taste buds of people from around the world. Whatever variety of biryani it is, all we know is that it all taste really good.

After reading this article, I bet you are starving now. Go cook or order your favorite Biryani and satisfy yourself.

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