entering the land of the gods

a study abroad journey

Hyderabadi Biriyani

My blog would be incomplete if I did not mention the famous biriyani of Hyderabad!

Biriyani is a rice dish traditionally made with meat (chicken, mutton, or lamb) and spices. The way I understand it, the meat is marinated in yogurt and spices overnight. Then the meat is layered with long-grain basmati rice and cooked in a sealed vessel.

It is a delicious concoction as saffron, cardamom, and coriander infuse their fragrances throughout the tender meat and rice.  The dish is served with a spicy gravy called mirchi ka salan, made of curried chili peppers, peanuts, ginger, garlic, and spices. Raita or yogurt sauce is served as well to add a nice cooling effect.

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The final perfection, eating biriyani with raw red onion and lemon juice!

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In Hyderabad there is a restaurant called “Paradise” that is known to have the best biriyani in town. Therefore, as a final hooray, I planned a dinner for all of the students of Tagore to convene at Paradise for a “final meal” before people begin heading home.

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There were almost 30 of us that packed into cabs and headed to the restaurant draped in saris and bangles!

Brooke, Anna, and I decided to split the Chicken Biriyani, and I am glad we did. We each received portions of this size:

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We spooned mirchi ka salan and raita over the steaming rice and dug in, hands first of course. Wow- that is good biriyani folks, however, I must stay that our hostel has a recipe that is just as good.

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This recipe looks pretty authentic if you want to try it out at home: http://www.sailusfood.com/2010/02/14/hyderabadi-chicken-dum-biryani/

The heart was filled with joy as I enjoyed an fantastic meal with the people that have made this semester worthwhile! Yet, I could not help but feel a touch of sadness that these meals and times of laughter are coming to a close. Regardless, our memories will live on!

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Harper and I

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Harper, Maria, Emily, Brooke

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Me and the boys: Julian & Connor

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Brooke, Maria, Rachel B

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With Brooke…what babes 🙂

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Rachel B & I

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