Top 10 most popular Biryani not to be missed

Biryani is a dish that doesn’t need any introduction. here we are taking you to Top 10 most popular types of Biryani, this rice dish has got numerous variation, and is one of the most consumed dishes in India, Pakistan, and UAE.

There are close to 30 Variations of Biryani in India. Can you believe it 30 varieties???
This is a wholesome dish is a complete meal in itself, its good when accompanied with Raita.

1. Hyderabadi Biryani :

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Whenever there is a discussion of biryani, the Hyderabadi variant will appear in the mind. This spicy variant is accompanied by Raita and Mirchi ka Salan (curried chili). 

Hyderabadi biryani is curated by experts using the Dum method of cooking.

With most restaurants now opening up in all parts of India, this biryani is now readily available. 

2. Lucknowi Biryani:

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Also known as Awadhi Biryani, this biriyani is very popular in Northern India. Its history of origin is from nawabs, it is an integral part of meals in major royal families due to its rich flavors.

Comparing to Hyderabadi Biryani, this one is less spicy.

Made with marinated meat and mild ingredients like kewra water, attar, and yogurt along with cashews and dry fruits.

The preparation is similar to Hyderabadi biryani but in the end, this amazing dish gets garnish with Saffron milk which gives a unique color vibrant flavor to this Dish. 

3. Calcutta Biryani:

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Biryani came to Kolkata ( earlier Calcutta ) in 1856, but the people were not rich enough to afford biryani with meat.

Then a new version of Biryani invented with potatoes and Boiled eggs, which later became the signature dish of Calcutta and same spread slowly in entire India. 

4. Donne Biryani:

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Dynamic Bengaluru entered in the Biryani universe with its very different and unique biriyani called Donne Biryani. It means a Biryani that comes in Donna (a small biodegradable bowl banana leaf). 

This Bengaluru’s Biryani is made with Jeera Samba rice and chicken which is marinated in coriander and mint paste which gives green color to biryani and the type of rice is used (samba rice) has a quality that it soaks all the flavors and makes the biryani taste wonderful  

The serving includes finely chop onions, boiled egg, raita, and chicken gravy. 

5. Tehri: 

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Some people say “there is nothing like Veg Biryani, it’s Veg Pulao”.
To answer this and to bring a sigh of relief to Vegetarians like me, Tehri came as a saviour. 

This was the Hindu version of biryani for Nawabs, this dish consists of Rice with potatoes. It became very popular when there was inflation in Meat prices. And the potato was a cheap alternative to it.

This dish is popular street food in Kashmir. 

Best Restaurants to Try Tehri in Kashmir – Streets near Dal Lake

6. Malabar Biryani:

Fish Biriyani Credits – Indian Recipes

Also known as Thalassery Biryani. The origin of this Biryani is from Kerala’s Kozhikode.

It’s a dum based cooking biriyani like the Hyderabadi Biryani but they brought a lot of other varieties like prawn and fish apart from the popular chicken and mutton style of biryani. 

In its preparation, a lot of fried onions (known as Birista) are used which gives brownish color to it, and then biryani is garnished with sautéed dry fruits. this Biryani is made with Khaima Rice – short rice compared to traditional Basmati rice.

Another different fact about this biryani is – no use of red chilli in it and so it has aroma and flavour but its not spicy variant.

7. Ambur Biryani:

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We travelled to almost all flavourful places of INDIA so how can we miss the Heavenly food state – Tamil Nadu.

They have a biryani which is popularly known as Ambur Biryani because it’s started from Ambur town(located on Chennai – Bengaluru Highway) and was introduced by nawabs of Arcot.

In this biryani, the flavor of Meat dominates the spices, which are mainly dried chili paste and whole spices cooked in dum style.

Ambur biriyani goes well with sour eggplant curry and cucumber raita.

8. Delhi/Mughlai Biryani:

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This biryani came to Delhi with the Mughals rulers. Initially, it was popular in areas near Jama Masjid but very soon became popular in other parts of Delhi.

In the Central Delhi area near Nizamuddin Dargah, this biryani gained a lot of popularity and nearby countries of the Middle East and Malaysia also started to adopt this style of biryani.

Mughlai biryani involves addition of a lot of vegetables along with meat and dry fruits.

9. Assamese Kampuri Biryani:

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This type of biryani was introduced in the Muslim population towns of Assam but with its delicious flavour, it reached in the kitchen of entire Assam. This dish is colourful and delicious.

10. Nasi Kebuli:

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Popular with the Arab community, this Indonesian version of Biryani is inspired by its neighbouring countries and has the fusion of many elements from different cuisines.

It is served with a spicy and sour pineapple preparation known as Asian nanas and is popular in cities of JakartaSurabayaSurakarta, and Gresik.

Biryani is a dish which has so many variations and its popular in so many places we have handpicked some of the popular ones in case we have missed some kindly bear with us we ll be covering them in later posts 🙂


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