Aug 14, 2006

Hyderabadi Dum Biryani & Khubani Ka meetha

This is my contribution for Indira’s Independence Day Food Parade .I choose 2 dishes from my hometown Hyderabad. Hyderabad the capital of a south Indian state Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its rich history and culture with monuments, mosques, temples, presently for IT industry& off course the Hyderabadi cuisine. When Indira announced about the Independence Day Food Parade ,I was not sure where to start because there is so much to talk about Hyderabadi cusine.It’s a paradise for food lovers. Hyderabadi cuisine is a blend of heavy mughal influences, traditional Andhra and Telangana cuisine. some of the famous dishes include Hyderabadi Biryani,double ka meetha,khubani ka meetha mirchi ka salan, sheer korma as well as hyderabadi-haleem a combination wheat,meat,mixture of some spices, traditionally eaten by the Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. No meal in Hyderabad is complete without Paan (betel leaf wrapped around a mixture of betel nut, aniseed, cloves, cardamom, and gulkand). There are Paan shops, almost one every few meters. Umm! staying here in the US I really miss all of this a lot. Here in the US every special dinner parties in my house has dum biryani & dessert khubani ka meetha, for which I’ll be sharing the recipe. There is more than one method of preparing a biryani, hyderabadi biryani is most known. Its preparation is a long, time consuming one, though the end result can make the time spent well worth the taste. Khubani is a sweet dish made out of apricots.khubani is an Urdu word for apricots. Khubani ka meetha is a famous dessert of Hyderabad. It is a popular & common dessert in Hyderabad wedding dinners.

Hyderabadi Dum Biryani:
Ingredients: Chicken/mutton-1lb Basmati rice-1ld (washed & soaked in water) Onions-2medium thinly sliced Cardamoms-5small Cinnamon-2sticks Cloves-6 StarAnise-2
Bay leaf-2-3no
Thick curd-1cup
Chilli powder-2tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4tsp
Ginger garlic paste-2tsp
A bunch cilantro mint leaves chopped
Lemon juice-3tbsp
Saffron strands dissolved in warm milk

Method: Dry roast 3cardamoms, 1cinnamon stick, 3cloves, 1staranise, mace, pepper, fennel & bay leaf &powder them. Marinate the meat with curd, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, Ground masala powder, lemon juice, half of the chopped mint&cilabtro & salt. Fry the sliced onions, till brown & crisp, crush & add half of it to the meat mixture & let marinate for 2-3 hrs.

In boiling water add the remaining spices &cook the rice until 3/4done.drain & set aside. Heat ghee in a thick-bottomed dish &add the meat mixture fry for a minute. Then add rice over it drizzle little ghee saffron milk. Remaining onions cilantro mint leaves. Cover the dish with foil& cover with heavy lid & cook on dum for 30-40mts on medium heat.
Serve with raita & Mirchi Ka Salan

Khubani ka meetha:
Dried apricots-1cup (1packet in local grocery stores)
Sugar-1/4cup approximately
Water-to soak apricots
Method: Wash & soak the apricots in water for 5-6hrs or overnight. De-seed the apricots & crush them with fingers or hand blender in the water. Put it in a pan & add sugar according to taste, as apricots are already sweet. Cook over medium heat till the apricots r fully cooked .the color changes from light brown to bark brown. (When u break the seeds u get a small nut that can be chopped & garnished over the dessert before serving.)

Serve cold or hot with ice cream or custard.


Puspha said...

Looks super delicious.

Menu Today said...

Nice Entry for Independence day Parade. Thanx for sharing.

Krithika said...

Nice recipe for Kubani ka meetha. Thanks for sharing

Nabeela said...

I loved your biryani recipe...that's the only way I like it. Head over to my blog for the same recipe...I just have a few variations, but i can already tell your biryani recipe and mine will taste the same :)
And you khubani ka mitha is absolutely gorgeous!

sudha said...

Nothing beats hyderabadi biryani. Iam craving now.. Should prepare. Also khubani ka meetha looks yummy. Thankyou for sharing.

Aparna T said...

You have a nice blog going Radhika.

Happy Independence Day.

Indira said...

Thanks Radhika for participating in IDFP with this traditional recipe from Hyderabad.

I lived in Hyderabad for about 3 years and developed quite an attachment to capitol city of ours. It was a completely different world foodwise for me and quite a learning experience.

mandira said...

your dum biriyani and apricot chutney look delcious. I have heard so much about hyderabadi biryani... now I have a recipe to try. Thanks for sharing.

Radhika said...

thank u everybody for ur encouragement.

Geetha said...

Thanks for the fabulous Hyderabadi Biryani...yummy!! Everyone loved it..

It would be nice to see a picture of all ingredients placed together so that the proportions stick to the mind.. a la chana masala...

Radhika said...

hey geetha
i'll surely post the picture of the ingredients placed together.

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Anonymous said...

I stayed Hyderabad for 3 & half months and I am very fund of eating Biryani. I never thought that i'll eat Biryani outside after coming back to my home country Nepal coz I wanted actual Hyderabadi taste which i wont get here. But after following your receipe I am shocked I felt Hyderabad by smell by taste. Absolutely Gorgeous !!! my family also loved it and i cooked for the guests tooo, they all loved it.


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Anonymous said...

Hi, HOw much rice is used in this biryani recipe?? 1 lb of rice for 1 lb of chicken??

Radhika said...

i normally add 2cups rice for 1lb chicken.

Anonymous said...

Hi Radhika,
I was so delighted to find a recipe for Khubani Ka meetha, it's my absolute favorite and I miss it so much here in US. I tried making it here, but the dried apricots we get in walmart or sam's do not have any seeds, i wonder if you are talking about the same stuff I used, could you tell me specifically which type of apricots you used. Thanks in advance,

sr said...

i was reading ur recipe for khubani ka meetha.. i have one question.. what kind of apricots did u use? i have found orange looking dried apricots in packets at grocery stores.. im not sure if those are the ones to use.. pls do let me know. thanks.

Radhika said...

hi sr,
i used the dry apricots which is brown clr, but u can also prepare them with the orange one's.

J.R. said...

Hello there,
I am from Singapore and i was exited with your recipe. the only one thing i couldnt figure out is what is DUM on which this pot of briyani shuld continued to be cooked. It will be nice if you could post me a picture of this DUM. thanks my email address is

Christopher James Intagliata said...

This recipe is incredible. Thanks! I was worried at first that the meat wouldn't turn tender after the short initial cooking, but cooking so long on the low flame "Dum" style made the meat so tender it melted in my mouth.

Tonight I'm trying the apricot dessert too.

sridevi said...

please place the pictures of the ingredients being used for both the dishes....if [possible....ur interest towards sharing is very appreciable...

Hyderabadiz said...

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Md Sayeed said...

Hi there, Thanks for posting it. I'm hyderabadi. I love hyderabadi food. currently working in Malaysia. Here we get biryani but.. hmmm as usual not even closer.

Anyway are you from Hyderabad.. if no.. how come you know about all cool hyderabadi's local food.

Radhika said...

hi sayeed
I'm a hyderabadi tooo..I love hyderabadi food & miss it a lot here.

Anonymous said...

are u from Hyd n did u do ur Btech in CBIT

Vidya said...

Hi, Biryani looks yummy.... and your blog too :) I was searching for dum biryani recipe and found your entry.

Ishrath said...

You said it right!!! Nothing can compare to Khobani ka meetha after a hearty biryani meal. Check out my mom's recipie for his yummy dessert :-)

Cezina said...

Hey Radhika I tried your recipe for eid here in the United Arab Emirates. It was absolutely superb! You must write a recipe book and release it because you are really good and your method is good easy and practical!!!!!!!!!All the best
Cezina Dsouza.

workhard said...

That looks really really yummmy.. I love hyderabadi kachi biryani..

Work from home India

Animisha said...

hi radhi
I love qhubaani ka meetha with vanila icecream.
I love to have it when it snows and its late night

Venkat said...

Hi Radhi,

I have spent almost 10 years of my adult life in Hyderabad. Now I live in Bangalore and I miss Hyderabadi biryani a lot along with irani chai, lassi and more than others haris. Thank you for the post.

jhon smith said...

thank you
jhon smith

hyma said...

Nice recipe. I want to know about the measuring you used here??Is it American measuring cup??

Viagra Online said...

I've been in the Independence Day Food Parade it's amazing to see how many people use to go and how many food is prepared it's the best place to go if you're hungry.

vardhini said...

I'm Vardhini. i love ur recipes. Radha why wont it come so gud when i cook. Are they any secret items ppl add in hotels. it taste so very well. plz let me know. we want more innovative items. and thank for sharing. take care.

Good Pediatrician in Chennai said...

I love biryani! Thank you for this great step-by-step of how to make it for a crowd. I think this will be the star of my next dinner party.

Anonymous said...

hello radha garu...
this is delicious.
I live in sydney and i dried apricots in orange colour. can i use them. plz do reply for my question.

Radhika said...

Hi no you don't have to dry them just soak them for sometime and follow the recipe.

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Akhilesh said...

Amazing recipe!

Anonymous said...

can we store the leftover khuabni ka meetha in freezer?

Radhika said...

Yes you can store it in the freezer.