India is a land with diverse cultures and the manifestations of those cultures can be felt in various aspects of the different places. It could be found in the architecture, the lifestyle of people, their attires and more importantly, the food. food is an integral part of the culture of any place in India. It could notice that the Cuisine is known by the place it originates from point a lot of people who travel around different places on tour packages ensure that they get a glimpse of the food of that particular place.
However, there are a few places in India that have food as its primary cultural identity. The food of that place is so well known that food becomes the primary signature of that place around which a lot of other cultures have evolved. There could be many places that can be enlists under this category, Madurai and Thalassery to name a few. However, for a common Indian, that first name in this list will be the nizams city of Hyderabad.
For some strange reason, Hyderabad has evolved a food culture like no other city in India has. Let us all take a journey into the amazing synonymy that Hyderabad shares with food.
without second thoughts, the first name that comes to our mind when we mention Hyderabad and food in the same sentence, or even in different sentences, has to be the Hyderabadi Biryani. Bearing a distinct flavour and texture, this Biryani has carved a niche for itself among four lovers in general and biryani lovers in particular. The traditional Hyderabadi Biryani, which is available in a few places around Charminar and in the hard core Muslim pockets of Hyderabad like Abids, Tolichowki and Nampally, still carries the taste and feel that has been safeguarded for centuries together. The spice that strikes and the flavours that can be felt in every morsel of food make the Hyderabadi Biryani one of the greatest delicacies. The hotels like Shadab, Bahar, Bawarchi and the marginally undeservingly famous Paradise have made a fortune just by marketing the Hyderabadi biryani. Ask any Biryani enthusiast and they will also add that having chicken Hyderabadi Biryani would be a culinary sin!! the fact that the Hyderabadi Biryani is more Hyderabadi than any other Hyderabadi will ever be is a resounding testimony to the awesomeness of this dish!
The Hyderabadi Irani Chai
There is nothing more satisfying than a feeling of a warm sip of tea after the feeling Biryani. The feeling only gets better when that hot beverage is the special Hyderabadi Irani Chai. the Hyderabadi Irani Chai is one of the signature beverages of the city, and the distinct in field of drinking this is beyond capture by words. Tea from around India in different parts might be quiet famous such as Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiris. However, if there is one place that can be made a special for not growing but preparing tea in a specific style, it has to be Hyderabad.
Desserts of Hyderabad
Hyderabad has a very special connection with the Middle East. Unlike Kerala which sends quite a massive workforce, Hyderabad is more of a place that is connected by business and relationships. These relationships have brought a few unique signatures to the food of Hyderabad. Even the Hyderabadi Biryani can be considered a variant of this intervention. In all of this, a few finishing touches of a grand Hyderabad email can also be found to have Persian connections. The qubani ka meetha and the double ka meetha which are essentially apricots drowned in sugar syrup and bread soaked in caramel make great Hyderabadi desserts that should be enjoyed in a complete trip package to Hyderabad.
people who are experts in cooking will agree that some of the simplest dishes to make are some of the best tasting once. In that respect, the dish called Talawa which is made from boneless chunks of mutton being tossed in oil, salt and chilli powder with a dash of mustard and curry leaves is one of the best dishes that you can have as an experiment to either biryani or any rice dish in Hyderabad. Why these kind of preparations are quite common in most places including the Chettinad cuisine of South Tamilnadu, this one is distinctly Hyderabadi because of its taste and the way it goes well along with Biryani.
Let us not be fooled into thinking that Hyderabad is all about non vegetarian delicacies and dishes that have a Mughal origin. The pesarattu is one of the finest examples of how Hyderabad can beautifully much taste with health. The pesarattu is essentially a dosa which is made from Green Gram. It goes well with spicy coconut chutney and is considered one of the staple food for vegetarians in Hyderabad.
Every place has a dish that is unique to that place alone. However, Hyderabad has a dish that is endemic to that location. We are talking about the delicacy called Haleem. This dish is a mixture of wheat, ghee and the finest meat of goats. it is available only during the month of Ramzan and is usually served as a meal after fasting. There are certain brands like the Pista House that run the business only during the month of Ramzan and net enough profits for them to sustain for the entire year. If you are visiting Hyderabad in the month of Ramzan, Haleem has to be in the list of dishes that you will need to try out. There are also chances that you can get Haleem made out of the meat of cows and camels in certain places at Hyderabad.
What makes Hyderabad very special is availability of these kind of dishes that give this city a very unique culinary signature. Visiting this place means that you have a whole lot of things to explore in the domain of food alone. In all this, it is also to be noted that there are a lot of contemporary places like Minerva coffee house and the Amravati chain of hotels that serve authentic Andhra food. Every time you visit Hyderabad, take a moment to reflect on the identity that the food of Hyderabad has given to this amazing Cosmopolitan City. It is a thing of pride that Hyderabad has managed to retain the greatness of its food irrespective of how another side of Hyderabad has transformed itself into a super modern Information Technology hub.
Little joys of Hampi
Cure for few attractions around Hampi that might make great places for you to explore.
Just outside the urban limits of Hampi, there is a Mountain that might not get a great attention when it comes to the Mainstream brand of tourists. However, this Mountain that has staircases to make your accent easier, and to avoid being harasses by the bushes and Thorns. once you go to the Cliffs of this small hill, be prepared it be created by one of the greatest sites that you can ever get. The ruins of Hampi like right before your eyes giving you a bird’s eye view of to watch The Grandeur of the Vijayanagar Kingdom might have been.
The awesomeness of this place only becomes better when you visit it in the wee hours of the morning. The sunrise at this place is quite a sight to behold. The greenery that surrounds this Hill is one of the best sites at Hampi. You can also get a glimpse of the Tungabhadra river that flows around this town.
Tungabhadra boat ride
You might ask what is so special about a Boat Ride. It is quite a valid question until you experience riding on the boats that connect both the banks of the river Tungabhadra. Special saucer shaped boats all the coracles lie between the banks and a ride on this is a very special experience because it is unlike any other kind of water transportation in the world.
Streams and coconut farms
If you choose to get down from the matanga hill in another direction other than where you came from, there are very good chances that you will hear a stream flowing. If you follow the direction of the stream guided by your ears, you will end up in a coconut farm that gives you an absolute green treat what the best part is that the coconut farm is generally isolated and no one is there around you except for the abundance of nature. The sound of the streams, the rustle of the leaves and the chirping of birds only sounds that you can hear around when you are relaxing at this place. This is a great way to unwind after the tiring climb on to the hill.
Mango tree restaurant
No adventure or a travel to a place can be complete without the mention of food. However, in Hampi it is not in the food that makes the place special, but it is the Ambience of a restaurant in the town that makes it really special. This restaurant is nothing more than a massive mango tree that stands on the banks of the river Tungabhadra overlooking the river plane. Under the Shadows of the tree, you have chairs and tables arranged that serve scrumptious food from the heart of the state of Karnataka. There is even a swing attached to one of the branches and a ride on that swing will give you an exotic experience of looking at the river from the skies.
It is only these kind of experiences that make your tour of Hampi moralistic and Wholesome. These little and ventures might have to be memories that you can treasure forever. It is always a good idea to explode the places around and these auxiliary activities that would be reached in your memories forever.