A visit to Hyderabad would definitely mean biryani for lunch, dinner and maybe even breakfast! I mean come on, Hyderabadi Biryani is aromatic, spicy, with succulent meat and so addictive right! And while you might plan your trip around the biryani paradises in the city, let’s enlighten you about the hidden gems of delicacies you might miss out on. From non-vegetarian dishes, evening snacks to rich desserts, Hyderabad has a lot of mouth-watering dishes to offer apart from the good ol’ biryani. So here are the top 10 delicacies that you must try in Hyderabad apart from biryani.
A wholehearted Hyderbaadi meal is never complete without the authentic Lukhmis. These are little squares of maida filled with minced meat. It’s crispy on the outside and spicy on the inside thank to the stuffed meat. Dip your Lukhmis in hot chutney and savour the lip-smacking flavour.
2. Jauzi Halwa
Known as the Nizam’s all time favourite sweet, Jauzi Hawla At Hameedi Confectionery is truly a royal delicacy. Prepared with oodles of ghee, wheat flour, saffron, and spices it will definitely make your mouth water. The roots of this dessert lies in Turkey. And you can get the best Jauzi Halwa at the 100-year old Hameedi Confectionery. So this Turkish-Hyderabadi dessert must be on your wishlist.
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3. Andhra Meals
Vegetarians! If you felt Hyderabad doesn’t have great veg options for you, then you couldn’t be more wrong. When in Hyderabad, the Andhra meal is a must-try. Served on a banana leaf, you can savour their spinach dal, rice, and a variety of traditional vegetarian gravies served piping hot at a nominal price. Head to messes like Harsha Mess and Kakatiya Mess for a wholesome Andhra Meal.
Marag is a mutton stew filled with morsels of tender meat cooked to perfection, so they nearly fall of the bone. It’s packed with flavour. And its served as an appetizer at most Hyderabadi weddings. While Hyderabad is known for its biryani and even haleem, Marag has a special place in the hearts of the locals.
5. Osmania Biscuits
Can biscuits taste sweet and salty, and yet taste good? Well, it can if you have Hyderabad’s famous Osmania Biscuits. With nearly more than 13 varieties of Osmania biscuits, these bakery goodies are highly recommended in the city. They are buttery and melts in your mouth. It will leave you with a tingly sweet-salty flavour. Devour these biscuits with a cup of Irani chai. Bon Appetite!
6. Malai Paya
Cooked with goat trotters, cream and spices, Malai Paya is a rich aromatic dish perfect for carnivores. The soup of Malai Paya warms the throat and leaves you with a hot, cosy feeling. When in Hyderabad, you must try the Malai Paya at Nayaab in Ghansi Bazaar. They were one of the first eateries to commercially sell Haleem eons ago. But their Malai Paya attracts visitors from all across the country. Pair it with a cup of their Kesar Chai and you’re good to go.
7. Irani Chai
When it comes to Irani Chai, you can only think of two best spots for it, Hyderabad and Pune. And let’s tell you, Hyderabad serves aromatic, strong Irani Chai perfect for breakfast or evening tea. One of the best places to enjoy a cup of Irani Chai is definitely Nimrah Cafe that offers you a picturesque view of the Charminar. Sip on your creamy chai as you bite into your Osmania biscuit. It’s foodgasm indeed!
8. Hyderabadi Khichdi
If you thought khichdi is bland and boring, then think again! Hyderabad offers you a khichdi that’s gooey, served piping hot and loaded with desi ghee. It’s nutritious, savoury and a popular breakfast dish in the city. So forget Biryani and try out the Hyderabadi Khichdi here.
9. Murg Do Pyaza
It’s high time we introduce you to the lip-smacking Murg Do Pyaza. The name itself will surely make you hungry. Prepared with onion, garlic, tomatoes and load of spicy, Murg Do Pyaza is for all you chicken fans. This recipe will melt in your mouth and take you on a journey of Hyderabadi flavours.
10. Malai Korma
If you’ve gone all the way to Hyderabad and didn’t taste Malai Korma then what are you up to? No guys, its not Malai Kofta, Malai Korma is in another league altogether. With a hint of cream, spices and tangy tomatoes this gravy can be prepared with veggies or with eggs or even meat. So its truly great for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Pair it with rotis or rice and you’re good to go.
Now that we’ve given you a wide array of Hyderabadi delicacies apart from Biryani, don’t forget to try these out the next time yu visit Hyderabad. You will be surely left asking for more.