The Genesis of ‘Biriyani’


The Genesis of ‘Biriyani’

The stories of biriyani are as varied as the taste and flavor of the dish across the country. No other Indian food has as many stories to tell as a biriyani does. Biriyani is derived from the Farsi or Persian word meaning “Fried before cooking”. There are many interesting stories on how it could’ve reached India. Some say that it could’ve traveled through Afganistan to North India or it could have been bought by Arab traders via the Arabian Sea to Calicut. Many believe that Timur, a Muslim ruler bought the dish from Persia. Once the biriyani recipe entered India, it got diversified like the country itself. From North India, it was brought to Hyderabad by Aurangazeb when he invaded the south. From then on, Biriyani remained as the royal dish of the Nawabs and Nizams – becoming a dish involved in any and all celebrations. (In fact, Lucknow’s Awadhi biriyani is claimed as the first of the lot).

On how it was brought to regions of South India, legend has it that the southern Malabar coast of India was frequently visited by Arab traders who influenced the cooking styles and made biryani popular. There are records of a rice dish known as Oon Soru in Tamil Literature as early as the year 2 AD. Oon Soru was said to be made of rice, ghee, meat, coriander, pepper, turmeric, and bay leaf. This dish was used to feed military warriors.

Every state has got their own way of biriyani in India would be Mughal biriyani, Lucknowi biriyani, Hyderabadi biriyani, Kolkota biriyani, Sindhi biriyani, Kacchi biriyani, Bombay biriyani, Srilankan biriyani, Tahiri and Malabar biriyani. Every biriyani has its own type of variation and has got its own added ingredients which make it unique from others.

To top it all off, there is our own unique way of making such a storied dish. There is not much left to say of our biriyani that hasn’t already been said. Our story is also one that is synonymous with our brand now. The dish itself has a legend of its own – but our’s just takes it a step further as our story, as we like to say, is just beginning…

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