The city of Hyderabad is most commonly associated with its plethora of culinary delights. Haleem, Biryani, Nihari, name it and they have it. And Hyderabadis and people all over the country relish the food of the city. So, it comes as a great honour for the city as it has been awarded with the UNESCO title of the Creative City of Gastronomy. How cool is that?
What Does This Mean For Hyderabad?
Out of 66 cities that had been listed by UNESCO, Hyderabad was awarded the title for being a culinary paradise. Mumbai also made it to the list and was awarded a title for being among the top cities when it comes to cinema. This means a lot for the city which is home to Nawabs. And it is not just the food that gets the spotlight but also the way the food is prepared. Much has been said about the Hyderabadi Biryani which is not like any other biryani. This is so because the rice and the meat are cooked together for a Hyderabadi Biryani. This cooking method is not seen anywhere else which is why it is so unique.
Glad to announce that Hyderabad is selected as @UNESCO CREATIVE CITY in Gastronomy category, on the occasion of World Cities Day today. It’s among the 2 cities from India in list of 66 cities, other being Mumbai in Film category.
— KTR (@KTRTRS) October 31, 2019
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This title will ensure that tourism flows into the city. The dossier submitted by the city to UNESCO said that the food industry in Hyderabad employs 12% of the city’s population. That is a really significant number if you have doubts. The city consumes roughly 291 tonnes of meat in a day and up to 2000 tonnes during festivals.
The city has received recognition for its food in the past as well with Pista House securing a GI (Geographical Indication) tag for its famous Haleem. Made using meat and wheat, this dish is consumed in huge quantities throughout the year, more so during the holy month of Ramzan.
The next time you are in Hyderabad, make sure that you try a little bit of everything because the food is officially famous now.