Hyderabadi cuisine is known to be an amalgamation of all things sweet, spicy and sinfully good in life. It's not only influenced by the traditional Mughlai spices but is richly endowed with Persian, Turkish and Arabic flavours too. From mouth-watering, deep fried kebabs to piping hot biryani and desserts cooked in desi ghee - Hyderabadi cuisine has it all. So for all those heading to the 'City of Pearls' anytime soon, here's your complete food guide.
Disclaimer: The following content may give you a major #FoodGasm. For those on a diet, don't say we didn't warn you! *wink*
Bade Miya Kababs is known to have the best seekh kebabs in Hyderabad. From sourcing fresh meat on a daily basis to marinating it with traditional spices, the brand has continued to retain its age-old zaiqa in every bite. Their most sought-after dishes are Chicken Shami Kebab, Mutton Boti Kebab and the Kebab Platter which includes a variety of delicious, char-grilled, lamb and chicken tikkas and kebabs.
Location: Behind Ramdas Statue, Upper Tank Bund, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500080
Desserts of Zaiqa-e-Hyderabad will definitely give you a foodgasm! Their most popular dessert, Qubani Ka Meetha contains dried apricots that are cooked with sugar and rose water and served with heaps of cream and almonds. Other desserts like Badam Ka Kund (almond halwa with loads of saffron) and Gajar Ka Rishta (carrot halwa) are also worth a try.
Location: 8-2-337/A, Road Number 3, SBI Executive Enclave, Venkateshwara Hills, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500034
As one of the most popular street food joints in the city, Siddique Kabab Centre is always bustling with people, especially in the evenings. Their Grilled Chicken Kebabs or Tangdi Kebabs, being the favourites among the lot, are not just flavourful but super fresh as well. They are crisp from the outside and juicy from the inside. And not just the kebabs, the delicious mint chutney which accompanies the hot and spicy kebabs is to-die-for!
Location: Plot No.157, Gachibowli - Miyapur Road, Opposite Harsha Toyota, Kothaguda Circle, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500018
If you've got a sweet tooth, you NEED to try the Hyderabadi signature dessert, Double Ka Meetha at Hotel Paradise. After enjoying a delicious meal of biryani and kebabs, this dessert will make you feel complete and content. It's a crispy, fried bread pudding that is soaked in hot milk and spiced with cardamom and saffron. A topping of almonds and pistachios add some crunch to the creamy dessert.
Location: SD Road, Sappu Bagh Apartment, Jogani, Ramgopalpet, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500003
Be prepared for a long waiting at Shahi Dastarkhwan. The restaurant is famous for Mutton Biryani and Chicken Kebabs but their most popular, melt-in-your-mouth delicacy is Patthar Ka Gosht. This is prepared by coating the meat with exotic spices and then slowly cooking it over the coal until it becomes juicy and tender. You can either have it as a snack or as a meal with roomali roti.
Location: AC Guards Road, Redhills, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500004
Contact: 040 66661474
When it comes to desserts, Hameedi Confectioners is a popular name among the locals. Its wide range of sweets, made from the freshest ingredients offers something unique for everyone. But it's their Jauzi Halwa that has been winning everybody's hearts for several years! This sweet delicacy is made of wheat, milk, jauzi (nutmeg) and sweetened with sugar, saffron and pure ghee. If you're in Hyderabad, this royal sweet from this quaint little bakery is DEFINITELY, a must-try!
Location: 5-5-513, Mozamjahi Market, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500001
As the name suggests, Angara Kababs On Charcoal offers a wide range of fiery and spicy kebabs that don't just taste delicious but look delicious as well! While their Grilled Chicken, Fish Biryani and Broast Chicken will keep you coming back, their biryanis and kebabs are also immensely popular.
Location: Kondapur, Shop No-2, 20/6, Kothaguda, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500032
This is heaven for all dessert lovers! Along with a wide assortment of traditional sweets, namkeen and dry fruits, they also offer an amazing variety of eggless confectionery, ice creams and chocolates that you can never have enough of. If you want to try some of the best Hyderabadi sweets, their Bellam Jalebi (made of jaggery), Pheni and Pistachio Baklavas are finger-licking good. Their signature savouries like Corn Samosas, Matar Kachori and Bhakarwadi are also a must try.
Location: 8-2-350/3/1, Next to Meena Bazar, Road Number 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500034
Contact: 040 66628084
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