Indian cuisine is always considered incomplete without our lip-smacking legendary Biryani. It doesn’t matter whether you love rice dishes or not, biryani remains the ultimate choice when it comes to completing your meal. Biryani is a well-balanced dish having rice flavored with fragrant spices like saffron, clove, cardamon, etc. In India, from the Northern states to the Southern regions, the style and technique of cooking biryanis vary from place to place. For all the biryani lovers, here is the list of the top 10 yummiest biryani, you must try !!!
1. Hyderabadi Biryani
First on our list is the richly flavored Hyderabadi Biryani. It is one of the most savory dishes of the nation garnished with rose water, saffron, and kewda. There are layers of deep-fried onions, chilies, mint, and also chicken off course. It best goes with Raita. Although being originated in Hyderabad, this dish is widely famous in every other corner of India.
2. Kalyani Biryani
Kalyani Biryani also has its origination from Hyderabad during the reign of Kalyani Nawabs. These nawabs maintained a tradition of serving the finest biryani to all the visitors who seek entry into their territory. But after the decline in their leadership, to sustain their existence and not break the tradition, this dish was sold in local stalls in the market of Charminar by the name of Kalyani Biryani
3. Avadhi Biryani
There is a popular belief that this biryani is originated from the region of Awadh. It is cooked with a ‘dum’ style of cooking, where a deep bottomed vessel or ‘handi’ is filled with half-cooked rice and other flavored spices and gravy. It is then sealed with dough and cooked until all the flavors completely seep into the rice. Its vegetarian version is considered tastiest of all the vegetarian biryanis and served especially with Ginger Raita.
4. Lucknowi Biryani
The Lucknowi Biryani is a very well-known dish from the streets of Lucknow. In this dish, the rice is separately cooked with fresh and flavored spices, and the previously marinated chicken is added later. This technique of cooking brings a unique taste to the dish. This biryani is also called the ‘ Pukki Biryani ‘ because meat and rice are cooked separately and layered in a copper vessel in the pukki style.
5. Sindhi Biryani
As per the name, this Biryani has its origin in the Gujarat-Sindhu province. This dish has its rich texture and enhanced flavors due to yogurt, potatoes, and tomatoes. Sindhi biryani mainly focuses on potatoes and tomatoes which gives it a very colorful appearance. It is garnished with lots of dry fruits, nuts, onions, and other spices. The rich goat meat gravy adds a distinct taste to the dish.
6. Bombay Biryani
Coming to the city of dreams- Mumbai, where different cuisines and a variety of dishes are well appreciated. Mostly all the ingredients of Biryani remain the same everywhere with a few changes which become its peculiarity. This little change in the Bombay Biryani is the addition of Kewda. Almost all the other spices along with meat and potatoes are present in the dish but the addition of Kewda adds a blast of these flavors.
7. Kolkata Biryani
This is a version of Awadhi Biryani that was brought to Calcutta by the royal Awadhi family. Different from all other Biryanis, this Kolkata Biryani is slightly sweet to taste. Like many other Bengali dishes, it has a sweet tinge and that consists of mild spices. In Kolkata Biryani, potato remains the most important ingredient and it consists of rice layered with soft meat and boiled eggs.
8. Bhatakli Biryani
Bhatakli Biryani is believed to belong to the coastal areas of Karnataka. This is most commonly seen in the Navayath cuisine. The uniqueness of this dish is that the spiced rice and the cooked meat are layered just before serving the dish. Another peculiarity is that the absence of oil or ghee does not make this dish less from competing for the taste.
9. Beary Biryani
Like Bhatakli, even Beary Biryani belongs to the coastal areas of Karnataka commonly called the Dakshina Kannada. Different from other Biryanis, this dish is less spicy and lighter to taste. It is mostly a dish containing mutton, prawns, fish, beef, and chicken. It is different from Bhatakli Biryani as it is savored with ghee and spices and left overnight for the flavors to spread into the entire dish.
10. Malabar Biryani
The list of best dishes in India is always incomplete without mentioning the Malabar cuisine. The Malabar Biryani is made from small-sized Jeerakasala rice instead of the traditionally used Basmati rice. This dish is a perfect fusion of spicy, sweet, salty, sour, and tangy taste garnished with fried onions, sauteed cashew, and raisins. With such a unique combination of flavors, this dish is undoubtedly one of India’s loved dishes.