June 24, 2014
Pit Stop in Hyderabad – The City of Pearls
My stay in Hyderabad was short but I managed to eat 3 meals a day and sample the best local dishes the city has to offer.
As well as the usual South Indian fare of idlis and dosas, their Hyderabadi biryani is the most famous dish. As with most Indian dishes, each home will make their own version, and each believe theirs is the very best. A few years ago I was lucky enough to learn the basics from a master in a well known five star hotel. I was also taught how to prepare haleem, which is a staple dish made during the fasting month of Ramadan. I’ve had many biryanis in my time and the Nizami Hyderabadi biryanis are some of the best. Whether it’s kachchi (marinated uncooked meat layered with aromatic rice) or pakki (marinated cooked meat layered with flavoured rice), you must try the neighbourhood restaurant ‘Our Place‘ in Banjara Hills. Juicy mutton and luscious rice spiked with whole spices and aromatics, served with the famous ‘mirchi ka salan’, a green chilli and peanut curry sauce. An ancient recipe once made for emperors.
Karachi Bakery is a baking institution and has been making biscuits since 1953. You can’t leave Hyderabad without buying a box of their famous fruit biscuits. With branches throughout the city, and their newly opened outlet in Mumbai, you can eat fresh fruit shortbread to your hearts content. I even spied a low fat range which brought a smile to my face. India is suffering from an obesity epidemic with around 5% of the population being classed as morbidly obese. The growing middle class and integration of global food trends has increased the calorie intake amongst the more financially well off. You can find health food products in all supermarkets, and low fat options on most good menus which shows a growing concern. Karachi Bakery is firmly on trend and has plenty of yummy low fat baked goods to choose from for those who want to enjoy their treats without all the calories.