From Bagara Baingan To Ashrafi, 8 Local Dishes You Can Relish In Hyderabad

by Shreya Rathod
From Bagara Baingan To Ashrafi, 8 Local Dishes You Can Relish In Hyderabad

The foundation of Hyderabadi cuisine, or Deccani cuisine, was laid by the Bahmani Sultanate, and the Qutb Shahi dynasty. It resulted in an aromatic and tempting amalgamation of Mughlai, Turkic, Arabic and South Asian flavours. Hyderabadi cuisine features a large repertory of rice, wheat, and meat dishes and the adept use of numerous spices and herbs. And you can explore the flavours of Hyderabad by relishing these local dishes.

8 Local Dishes You Can Relish In Hyderabad

1. Jouzi Halwa

Hyderabad is well-known for its traditional desserts in addition to its Hyderabadi dum biryani. Additionally, if you’re in Hyderabad and looking for anything other than biryani, you should definitely try the Turkish dessert Jouzi Halwa from Hameedi Confectioners. A platter of the thick and sweet Jouzi Halwa may not look like much, but it takes a lot of work to complete it. Jouzi is a more complex, bright crimson-coloured, sweeter, and heavier variation of palkova. Cashew nuts and silver foil are used as garnish.

2. Hyderabadi Dum Ka Roat

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Cookies have been a part of Indian culture for a very long time; one example is dum ka roat. A cookie the size of your hand that is made with almond flour, semolina, all-purpose flour, and Desi ghee requires a lot of love. Every famous bakery in Hyderabad offers dum ka roat, a seasonal treat that has become an iconic bake.

3. Bagara Khana

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Bagara khana is a unique spiced rice dish that was created in Hyderabad. Bagar, which means tempering, is a simple form of biryani made without any veggies or masala spices. Bagara rice is also a popular treat at festivals and weddings in Hyderabad and the Telangana Region. The combination of Bagara Khana with Dalcha or Khorma is becoming increasingly popular in Hyderabad.

4. Marag

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A creamy and fragrant soup cooked with tender mutton, spices, and herbs is the Hyderabadi traditional mutton marag. It is a popular dish from Hyderabadi cuisine that is frequently served as an initial course or appetiser. The mutton gets its distinct flavour and texture from slow cooking it with onions, yoghurt, and a mixture of spices. The perfect pairing for this soup is crusty bread or naan.

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5. Khatti Dal

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India is home to a vast array of dals as well as much more varied and rich dal-based cuisine. One such Hyderabadi delicacy that you have to try is Khatti Dal. However, Hyderabadi food is also among those that value in-season, locally grown products. And this is the unique quality of Hyderabadi Khatti Dal. The combination of tamarind, ginger, garlic, hing, and tuvar dal in this dal is delicious and has a tangy and savoury flavour.

6. Badam Ka Kund


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Badam Ka Kund is a popular dessert that requires four hours of preparation and a further four hours of cooking. It is a must-try sweet delicacy from Hyderabad that is produced by simmering almond flour in milk with sugar, ghee, rose water, and kesar.

7. Bagara Baingan

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The popular Bagara Baingan from Hyderabad is a unique meal that may be used in lunch preparations. Its rich gravy, into which the stuffed eggplant is simmered, enhances the flavour when served with rice, chapatis, or biryani. The gravy’s distinct flavour comes from a blend of spices that are freely utilised and subdued by the perfume of curry leaves. Many people dislike eggplant, but this recipe can change people’s minds.

8. Ashrafi


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A dessert dish called Ashrafi is exclusive to a few of the most remarkable locations. Made from a sugar and almond mixture, saffron-coloured, and stamped with a Nizami coin impression. The almond meal is boiled slowly until it produces a smooth paste, which is then rolled out, pressed, and moulded on powdered sugar to give it its distinctive texture.

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Comment below and tell us if you have tried any of these local dishes in Hyderabad.

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