Enchanting, fervent and historic; such is the splendour of Hyderabad, the City of Pearls. Ruled by the Mauryans, Chalukyas and Kakatiyas in the ancient era; Shahis, Mughals and Nizams in the medieval era, Hyderabad has a rich and majestic past. This makes it an excellent spot for all those who love to travel for their penchant for ancient monuments, handicrafts, art and literature and of course, food! In my view food and travel are symbiotic. For a true blue foodie, the royal Hyderabadi cuisine is something worth travelling for. It is the capital of the state of Telangana and has a 400-year old culinary history that makes it a pilgrimage spot for food tourism in India.

Let’s take you on a lip-smacking journey to the world of Hyderabadi food. Check out a list of 7 dishes that you must eat atleast once in a lifetime!

  1. Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabadi Biryani is a complete meal

How can I talk about food and Hyderabad in one sentence and not mention the popular Biryani? Traditionally, this appetising meal was made in earthen pots. Simmered with chicken or mutton, this one makes a rich meal. Biryani comes loaded with ingredients like desi ghee, exotic spices, and dry fruits. One bite of this heavenly dish and you’ll experience different flavours bursting in your mouth.

  1. Boti Kebabs

Boti Kebabs

Boti Kebab is a street snack

Flavoursome kebabs melting away in your mouth, bliss! Isn’t it? Boti Kebabs are just the right snacks for anyone who wants to relish the taste of marinated and skewered mutton. This is a popular street food in Hyderabad that is cooked with aromatic and fresh herbs.

  1. Keema Samosa

Keema Samosa

Keema Samosa is a tea time snack

Want to give a new twist to your evening tea? Try this scrumptious Keema Samosa while on a Hyderabadi vacation. Stuffed with the traditional samosa fillings in combination with mouth-watering keema is something you must grab and try at least once.

  1. Murg Do Pyaza

Murg Do Pyaza

Murgh Do Pyaza tastes best with naan

Are you a North-Indian away from home and craving the taste of that zesty Butter Chicken? Try Murg Do Pyaza in Hyderabad. I’m sure you won’t miss home as much. Cooked in thick gravy, this chicken dish is a delight for all the non-vegetarians.

  1. Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma is a perfect mid meal snack

If you’ve loved the popular Israeli pita and hummus, Chicken Shawarma will definitely make you go weak in the knees. Soft rumali roti rolls filled with yoghurt paste, chicken and sautéed vegetables makes for an appetising Hyderabadi snack that you must bite on atleast once in your life.

  1. Khatti Daal

Khatti Daal

Khatti Dal is a must try

A definite treat for all you vegan foodies out there! Khatti Daal has a yummy, sour taste that is due to the tamarind added to it. Enjoy a bowl full of rice with this daal anytime to soothe your hunger pangs.

  1. Shahi Tukda

Shahi Tukda

Shahi Tukda is for your sweet tooth

Craving for something sweet? Shahi Tukda is just as royal and sweet as it sounds. It is a rich and creamy dessert delight. Made with bread, cream and dry fruits, it is a dish that will simply make you drool. This can be consumed both hot and cold.

Ah! Mouth-watering aren’t they? Make sure that whenever you lay feet in Hyderabad, the cuisine is something that you must not skip.