This southern city, once inhabited by the Nawabs, full of grand palaces is a great holiday destination. From the world-famous Charminar to the finger-licking food, Hyderabad is the place that will satisfy your taste buds as well as the history geek within you.
While being home to many street foods stalls and popular restaurants, according to us the best way to do justice to your trip is by eating like a local, so while you are busy visiting the monuments and the markets we have put together a list of the most iconic dishes you can try during your vacation. (Read about a food tour in Hyderabad)
Being the soul of Hyderabad, the Irani chai (tea) has made its way into everyone’s heart. Being a staple, this drink is sipped on throughout the day by Hyderabadis.
Irani Chai comes in a variety of flavors, the favourite being the Khade chamach ki Chai: staying true to its name, one cup of chai contains at least half a cup of sugar allowing the spoon to stand up straight in the cup. While the other sought-after is Burkhe wali chai that includes a thick layer of cream; Special chai and Kashmiri chai are also loved.
Few places where you can have Irani chai are Bombay Bakery at Abids, Madina near Charminar, Garden in Secunderabad
Double da Meetha
A perfect treat for sweet lovers, this dish is a definite part of the menu in all Hyderabadi weddings and restaurants. A delicate preparation, the dish is also called Double Roti as it includes bread slices soaked in saffron and cardamom milk which then swells up double its size after a while.
Few places where you can have Double ka Meetha are Hyderabad House at Ameerpet, Hameedi confectioners at Mozamjahi Market, Paradise at Vinayaknagar
The best way to start your meal is with Chicken 65. It is a spicy red fried chicken usually served as an appetizer which has made its way into being one of the most popular dishes at any event and even at bars.
The best places to get Chicken 65 are Bawarchi restaurant at Nallakunta and Paradise in Secunderabad
Mirchi ka Salan
Mirchi ka salan is a dish which often accompanies Biryani. This salan is made entirely of a balance of chilies and pungent flavors along with spices in such a way that your tongue doesn’t go into shock. Cooked with a coconut base you will find this dish to be yellow with the aroma of spice filling in the room.
Few places where you can try Mirchi ka Salan are Bakasura in Secunderabad, Hotel Rumaan restaurant in Toli Chowk and Bawarchi restaurant at Nallakunta
Introduced during the Nizam rule, this street specialty has been given a makeover by adding traditional spices and flavors. Made with meat, pounded wheat and lentils this thick paste is a filling meal. However, being a main dish during the festival of Eid, very few restaurants serve this throughout the year.
Few places where you can try Hyderabadi Haleem are Paradise in Secunderabad and Pista House in Charminar
A trip to Hyderabad can not be complete without having biryani. One of the best kinds available is the dum pukht biryani. This rice dish is slow-cooked for hours in ghee and infused with flavorful herbs found locally. Other than this, the chicken biryani and the Andhra biryani are also worth trying.
You must try the biryani at Shadab in the old city apart from Paradise which is a favourite among travellers.