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The Best Of Hyderabad Food In 24 Hours

by FoodDrifter

The city of the Nizams, the place that houses the elegant Charminar and the ‘Land of the Biryani’. The mammoth food options we get around in Hyderabad is well known. The best way to explore the Hyderabad Food in the city is to go local. Eat the dishes the locals eat, explore the hidden gems like never before and go street smart in terms of food.

We decided to put together a list of the most iconic dishes, for a one day city tour of Hyderabad. Right from the breakfast to ending with a late-night post-dinner, the list is quite extensive. If ever to cover Hyderabad in one day, these are the routes that you should take to go along on a spectacular food journey. We list out the 15 must do things in Hyderabad to be covered in a day.

1. The Butter Dosa And Tawa Idli Bandis: Yes thelas elsewhere are known as Bandis With an insane amount of Butter, Cheese and Paneer going into making each Dosa, know that you’ve started on a gastronomic journey. Ohh, and did we forget to mention that the filling too is Ghee Upma. Stop counting the calories and feel that smooth, crisp Dosa melt in your mouth, that extremely butter pan-fried idlis infuse happiness with each bite. Find your way to Govind, Laxman, Pragati & Ram ki Bandi for the best dosa’s & Tawa Idli’s. To see the first hand action in making the Butter Dosas and Tawa Idlis, watch the video.

Govind's

2. Paya, Nihari, Kheema: These breakfast dishes would be a sin if not indulged in the right way. Most of the iconic hotels like Shadab, Alpha start to serve breakfast options since early morning. A plate of Bheja Fry, Palak Gurda, Nihari and Paya can be quite fulfilling.

Breakfast At Shadab

3. Irani Chai With Osmania & Tie Biscuits: To soak in the beauty of the Charminar early dawn with a cup of Irani Chai, overlooking all its splendidness is a must-do on the list. Many Irani Chai shops are located all over the city, but best had at the historic Nimrah Café right opposite the Charminar. Best enjoyed with Osmania and Tie Biscuits, dipped in and slurped.

Irani Chai at Nimrah

4. Andhra Thali: An afternoon can’t be the same without tasting the specialty Thali. Spicy, Tangy and Sweetness, all on one plate. The rest is up to you, if you wanting to slurp the rasam away to glory. The most authentic ones being the local messes like Kakatiya, Sri Kanya or Harsha Mess.

Andhra Thali

5. Hyderabadi Biryani: No day in Hyderabad is complete without Biryani. The quintessential Hyderabadi dish has had many a conversations and love affairs happen over a plate of Biryani. Bawarchi, Shadab, Café Bahar, Mohini, Sohail are to name a few the best places to entertain the taste buds to some authentic Biryani.

Hyderabadi Biriyani

6. Dum ka Chai: With the sun almost setting, little is known about the Dum ka Chai than its famous counterpart Irani Chai. The Black Tea is put under heavy heat – dum before mixing with milk and being served. Head over to Café Iqbal in Goshamahal for a cup of Dum ka Chai.

Dum ka Chai

7. Pathar ka Gosht: its hard thinking that meat can be made over a hot stone like the ancient times. But this city sticks to the tradition of Mutton prepared over a slab of hot stone and the outcome is pure juicy sin. Head over to Dine Hill and Bade Miyan in Tankbund for savoring this dish.

Pattar ka Gosht

8. Munshi Naan with Marag: A walk around Purani Haveli and you’ll a line of shops making Munshi Naan, made right in an underground hearth. Best had with a gravy like Marag or fresh kebabs, this Naan can be found in mostly 4 different shapes with the Char Koni being the most famous of them. A masterpiece which hasn’t left the borders outside of the Old City. For more about Munshi Naan you can watch the video

Munshi Naan

 

9. Bagara Rice with Dalcha and Khatti Dal: a part of almost every Hyderabadi household, these dishes are extremely hard to come by in hotels and restaurants. Nonetheless some of the oldest eateries still do have it on the menu like the Café Iqbal, Shadab, Sohail etc.

Bagara Khaana

10. Qubani Ka Meetha and Kaddu Ka Kheer: No meal is complete without Desserts. Hyderabad doesn’t lack behind when it comes to dessert discoveries. The Qubani ka Meetha (Apricot soaked in Sugar Syrup and Nuts) and Kaddu ka Kheer (Bottle-Gourd Kheer) are some of the must haves.

Qubani ka Meetha

11. Double ka Meetha: To think the important status that this sweet enjoys after a meal is mind-boggling. A bread based sweet, a counterpart to the Shahi Tukda, it’s impossible to miss if going the traditional Hyderabadi way.

Double ka Meetha

12. Badam ki Jali: Lost in history and not quite well-known, the Badam ki Jalli is near impossible to find. Even the most local people will be unable to guide as to where this is found. In a quaint little neighborhood of Aziz Bagh, the Badam ki Jalli is made by a few families only on special order. Pic Courtesy: Badam ki Jali FB Page

Badam ki Jalli

13. Jauzi ka Halwa: Right on the main junction of Nampally, you’ll find a small shop outlet in the name of Hameedi. Made with Jauzi (Nutmeg) and heavily laden with Ghee, the last Nizam had loved it so much that he sent a letter to name the shop after the nickname of one of his sons.

Special Jauzi ka Halwa

14. Famous And Bilal Ice Creams: Seasonal Fruits and along with it comes the seasonal Ice Creams. The oldest of the city’s dairies produce them freshly made from natural fruits and do make it a point to ask, what’s new on the menu miyan?

Bilal Ice Cream

15. Mandi At Barkas: Barkas is an area completely cut-off from the main city. Known for it’s Persian and Yemenis population, they’ve combined both the food cultures together. A late night long drive and then settle over a huge plate of Laham or Faham Mandi at Mataam-Al-Arabi, Yum Yum Tree and the likes and you’ll be licking your fingers dry. Post 12 AM is the best time to head out to these place, once the late night hunger kicks in.

Mandi At Barkas

The lineup covers the most iconic of dishes as seen through a local point of view. Hyderabad as a city has a lot more to offer when explored. But a walk down the lanes brimming with kebabs and Biryani and you sure are going to be beginning a journey, with lots of memories and more food journey to come back.

If ever in the city during the holy month of Ramzan, when the entire city of Hyderabad is all decked up with festivities and a lot more, having to taste the Haleem should figure high on the list. The Iranians might have invented it, but Hyderabad is where it’s soul lies. Some of the city’s outlets too serve Haleem throughout the year, but most of the city folks swear by having it only during this month.

Haleem At Cafe 555

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16 comments

ganezt October 21, 2014 - 8:18 am

Good homework ! I loved the ways its presented ! But be careful, try all the food only at authentic places, dont venture ! And get into trouble.

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fooddrifter October 21, 2014 - 8:50 am

Heyo Ganezt, The most authentic of places has been mentioned beside the dishes and where to find them. Now way we straying away from the authenticity. That is where we stand rock solid.

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madonionslicer October 21, 2014 - 11:45 am

Love that you’ve hit up the most authentic places the city has to offer. Excellent post!

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fooddrifter October 21, 2014 - 5:35 pm

@madonionslicer That was basically the intention. Eat Local, Be Local.

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zain khan October 22, 2014 - 12:28 am

when ever you invite any hyderabadi marriage don’t miss. there you will have authenticate food. the other eateries named in blogs are cosy and not maintain pure hyderabadi zaika.

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fooddrifter October 24, 2014 - 10:39 pm

The food in a Hyderabadi household is top of the world. An experience to be truly engorged in.But until we all can be invited one after another, this is one to stick to…sigh…

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Guest October 22, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Where is “Haleem”…:)…MUST-HAVE during the Ramzan season, specially at Paradise, Bagara Restaurant, and Pista House at Charminar…!!

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fooddrifter October 22, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Hey Naveen, Haleem sure has been added in the list. Do check. Coz not available throughout the year, unless in a few places other than during Ramzan, so not part of the main list. Else what is Hyderabad without the Haleem 😀

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onions October 27, 2014 - 11:53 pm

Love the article! Esp. the authentic Barkas dishes. Never heard of them. One small grammatical edit though. In the Biryani section, you used two negations: You wrote: “No day in Hyderabad is incomplete without Biryani.” – Can be “No day in Hyd. is complete without Biryani” or “Any day in Hyd. is incomplete without Biryani”. Thanks for the wonderful article!

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FoodDrifter October 30, 2014 - 1:48 am

Thanks for bringing that to the attention. Glad you loved it. Will correct it. Cheers

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fooddrifter October 30, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Onions, Loving the name. Great to know you loved the article. Thanks so much for getting the grammatical error to our notice. Have corrected it accordingly. 😀

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Upasna Verma January 6, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Love this … I wish I’d come across this blog post before my first visit to Hyderabad in November last year. I was there for a wedding so didn’t get to try much of this delicious food, but I did try the Mutton Biryani at Paradise (I didn’t think it was outstanding, though).

Really great blog you have here.

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fooddrifter January 7, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Paradise is one up and down place for Biryani. One day it might be the best you ever had and the other the worst ever. There is always multiple visits for the future. We do FoodWalks too which can be seen from our FB page. So when sometime in Hyderabad you know where to look. haha. Happy Binging

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