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Most Of Hyderabadi ‘Royal Cuisines’ Are Getting Extinct In Parties
Hyderabadi royal cuisine is dying’, laments food connoisseur Mehboob Alam Khan in n exclusive chat with #KhabarLive. Donning the chef’s cap, #KhabarLive caught Mehboob Alam Khan – who everybody in his five-star kitchen referred to as Nawab saab or more affectionately, Baba – meticulously going about his work. Hyderabad is well-known for its divinely delicious cuisine. The cuisine of Hyderabad reflects sheer royalty as these were once served to the ‘Nizams’ of Hyderabad. The culinary dishes in Hyderabad have a 415-year history and as centuries have passed, the cuisine of Hyderabad only got more delicious. The dishes here have been inspired by Turkish, Arabic, ‘Mughlai’ and ‘Tandoori’ styles of cooking. These dishes, with a blend of ‘Telugu’ spices and ‘Marathwada’ techniques have led to the cuisine of Hyderabad that we have today. The most excellent Hyderabad cuisines are found in Hyderabad itself, the Marathwada region and ‘Telangana’ region. The various dishes here are made for special occasions like weddings, festivals, banquets and for tourists. The key ingredients in most of the dishes in Hyderabad are peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds, tamarind and these are usually cooked in earthen pots, copper or brass utensils. popular delicacies found here include the ‘Hyderabadi Biryani‘, ‘Kheer’, ‘Paaya Nahari’, ‘Pattar Ka Gosht’, ‘Khubani-ka-Meetha’, ‘Baghare Baingan’, ‘Haleem’ and much more. Liberally peppered between cookery tips were several tidbits of Hyderabadi food history collected over decades. “What we think of as rare cuisine, used to be the everyday food of Hyderabadis. But today, it is unfortunate that the biryani seems to be the sole representative of Hyderabadi cuisine.” Used to be that items like Bina Masale Ka Murgh (chicken is done with only curd, turmeric and saffron), Asaf Jahi kebabs and Arvi or colocasia curry were part of everyday life. “I am sure many people don’t even know that Hyderabadi food was divided into several categories like banquet food, for weddings and parties, festival foods and travel foods,” he says.