Briyani, one of most popular food was discovered during the period of Mughals. In India, Briyani is the most loveable food among all ages and is considered as the food of delight during festivals. There is a wide variety of Briyani is invented upon in many ways over many years. There are more than 50 different types of Briyanis are popular in India and abroad. Here we see some of the famous Biryani dishes.
Hyderabadi Briyani is one of the most famous Briyani dishes in south India, particularly in Andhra cuisine. It is extremely spicy and rich in flavors. There are options of Hyderabadi Briyani to choose from but the most common is Kachay Gosht ki Briyani where the mutton is marinated and cooked along with the rice, however, chicken is also used in some variations. Hyderabadi Briyani is cooked with basmati rice in a dough sealed handy called as dum. They are best to serve with brinjal gravy.
When you are in Tamil Nadu, it is hard to miss out the taste of Ambur Briyani. It is a traditional dish from Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Vaniyambadi Briyani as it is a part of the cuisine of the two neighboring cities of Ambur and Vaniyambadi in Vellore district. This dish is cooked with jeering samba rice with either chicken, mutton, prawn as per choice. The meat element is the dominating element over rice in quantity. The uniqueness of this recipe is that the meat is soaked in curd before adding it to the rice. This dish is best when having it with onion raita and brinjal gravy.
This is another Persian style of recipe, prepared completely different method known as dum pukht. The meat and gravy are partially cooked and then layered in the dum pukht style and served in a sealed handi, Lucknowi Briyani is light on the stomach as it is low on spices. Though it uses few spices but makes up for with its aroma and rich flavor.
As the name says, this is a popular dish among the Malabar Muslims from Kerala in South India. This Briyani originated in a small town called Thalassery in Kannur. It is cooked with tender chicken wings, steamed rice, turmeric, mild spices and is beautifully garnished with dry fruits like cashew nuts and raisins. They use an unusual type of rice grain known as Khyma, a small- grain thin rice. The Briyani is then cooked on dum after being sealed, and the top of the pot is covered with hot charcoal.
This is another different Briyani from Mumbaikars. The Bombay Biryani is derived from the Iranian style of Briyani accompanied with a side of meat gravy. Unlike other Briyanis, this recipe tastes sweeter and contains more oil and fried onions than the other varieties.
Apart, there are many varieties of Briyanis available in India like Sindhi Briyani, Dindugal Thalapakati Briyani, Kashmiri Briyani etc. For many home cooks, making this tasty recipe is quite a challenge. To make it easier, there is Briyani masala mix available in the market, which adds much flavor and spice to your cooking.