A lot of dishes and food items we have in India today have their origin in foreign lands, as a part of the foreign invasion of Indian places. The tomatoes come from Portugal, green chilli and sugar come from West Indies. Similarly, one of the most consumed dishes, biriyani, has come from Persia, with the Mughal influence spreading across India. Over the years, Indians blended their spices and rice variants giving birth to different types of biriyanis.
Let's take a look at some of the best biriyanis in India
1. Thalappakatti Biriyani
Thalappakatti biriyani was founded in 1957 in Dindigul by Mr. Nagasamy Naidu who is the owner of Anandha Vilas Biriyani Hotel in Dindigul. The biriyani gets its name as Mr. Naidu always wore a turban which is called "Thalappa" in Tamil. Later, the biriyani's fame also fetched him a nickname, 'Thalappakatti Naidu' !
2. Thalassery Biriyani
Thalassery biriyani has a strong influence of Mughlai cuisine. It uses a typically small variant a rice called Khaima or Jeerakasala. The masala used for this recipe makes it a little sweet with the addition of dry fruits.
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3. Ambur Biriyani
Ambur biriyani was a royal dish that Sir Hassan Baig, a chef for the Nawab, used to cook for the royal family regularly. Over the years, Hassan Baig's son Kushid Baig started spreading the unique taste by selling the biriyani over a bicycle. Ambur today has more number of biriyani hotels than any other city in the world. While you're travelling from Chennai to Bengaluru, you pass by Ambur and do drop in to any of these restaurants to taste one of the best biriyanis ever!
4. Awadhi Biriyani
Awadhi biriyani comes from Lucknow. This biriyani uses rice mixed with saffron in it and the lamb used for this mutton biriyani is marinated in curd along with the other spices. The rice and meat are separately cooked and mixed.
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5. Kolkata Biriyani
Kolkata biriyani tastes similar to Awadhi biriyani and is believed to have been inspired by Mumtaz Mahal, the Queen of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The biriyani is comparatively sweeter than other biriyanis.
6. Hyderabadi Biriyani
This biriyani was a part of the dishes made in Mughal courts after the area was invaded by the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. Hyderabadi cuisine is considered one of the tastiest cuisines in India due to the blend of spices in their dishes.