The etymology of biryani according to Wikipedia comes from the Persian word “berya” which means fried or roasted.

The Mughals spread the biryani to the Nizam’s kitchen in Hyderabad, Lucknow and Calcutta. The traditional delicacies are predominantly meat based and fragrant, making everyone wobbly. Nizam’s kitchen boasted of a 149 varieties of biryani made of Basmati, mutton, yogurt, onions, spices, lemon, and saffron. Coriander leaves and fried onions are used as garnish.


If the world thinks India is known for its spices, it is best known for its Biryani and one of those famous Biryani would be the Hyderabadi Biryani. Biryani was brought to Hyderabad by the Nizams. Biryani would be the first word when a true hyderabadi enters the city and would be the last words when he leaves the city.  The term Biryani itself has such mind boggling effect on everyone who has relished the dish at least once. Nothing can beat the mouth-watering flavour that rushes into our mouth when we eat biryani.

Biryani joints like Bawarchi, Paradise, café bahar, and Hyderabad house, alpha are world famous and are internationally renowned. Hyderabadi Biryani is exported worldwide with people in United States being the majority buyers. The exported biryani is made sure it maintains the versatile aroma and the looks that can trigger anyone’s taste buds right on spot.

Biryani is not just conventionally cooked in India but also is largely experimented, many variations in biryani can be found, hundreds of them documented and rights on biryani patented.

5 places to eat biryani in Hyderabad!!

PARADISE: Founded in 1953, paradise was a small café then, serving just tea and snacks. Today paradise is more of a landmark destination for biryani for everyone ranging from a common man to an international celebrity. Voted best by almost everyone, Paradise has been the recipient of many awards from various publications, websites and reviewers. I personally would recommend Paradise to everyone and believe that it’s “PARADISE “.

Bawarchi: Salman Khan, John Abraham, Sanjay Dutt and many more legends have themselves fallen for the infamous and legendary barwarchi biryani. NOT costly, pocket friendly biryani will make you go gaga. It all started in 1994 when actor SUNIL SHETTY started the restaurant and barwarchi has its traffic going up each day. Owing to the 1000’s of Bawarchi in Hyderabad , the one and the only BAWARCHI at RTC CROSS ROADS say “ BEWARE OF FAKE BAWARCHI’S “ right on the entrance. With traffic going insane around barwarchi all the time, people still love the place for what is offers. A lassi at the end will make you say “wah “and it’s definitely a life time memory.

Hyderabad House: Calling themselves a house of heritage, Hyderabad house truly deserves the name for hosting a combination of class along with taste. It has 23 outlets across the country and few across the world in mecca, Sydney, medina, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi. The restaurant serves authentic hyderabadi dishes which includes SPECIAL HYDERABAD HOUSE BIRYANI.


Jewels of Nijam: To enjoy Hyderabadi Biryani in a true Shahi Dastarkhaan Mmbience Jewels of Nijam in Hotel Golkonda is the place. With the live recitals of Indian classical music , the enthralling taste of biryani will mesmerize you and take you to a different world every time you put a spoon of the spicy rice in your mouth.

Café Bahar: Owned by the Bulooki brothers, Café Bahar is also a good place to eat away. It is situated in many places across Hyderabad and taste the way everyone desires.

Pista House: Happening to be the largest seller of haleem in the world with 240 outlets, Pista House offers a tongue tickling biryani to relish upon.

Not just these places give you good biryani but these are the place which one must try at least once in a life time. Apart from these there are several restaurants, serving some delicious biryani. These include Barbeque Nation, Midnight Biryani, and Alpha Hotel.

Give it a try if you haven’t and those who eat it regularly, just be proud of being a HYDERABADI .

Sai Chaitanya Banala

Engineer by ambition , writer by passion !!

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