Hyderabadi Cuisine

Hyderabadi Cuisine is being celebrated all over India and the world.  People who visit hyderabad have a sure inclusion of tasting hyderabadi cuisine during their stay. People carry fond memories of hyderabadi cuisine and packages to their near and dear ones. We have tried to represent you the Hyderabadi cuisine in best and easy way so that you can get to know the rich hyderabadi cuisine easily. We have highlighted the best hyderabadi cuisine dishes with photograph and small description and below down the page  you can find complete list of Hyderabadi Cuisine dishes A to Z, so that if you are planning a party of celebration you can easily pick the hyderabadi cuisine items from the list below and order it from the caterers or traditional bawarchies for your celebration.

Shortlist Best of Hyderabadi Cuisine –

Hyderabadi Dum Biryani (Chicken / Mutton)

Is certainly Hyderabad’s Pride. Brought in by the Nizam’s of Hyderabad is a very tasty mouthwatering Non Vegetarian dish, could be based on different options of non veg,  Mutton, Chicken etc.,. Even you can get the Veg Option, try veg option unless and until you are strictly a Vegetarian. Based on a long rice called Basmati it is a special blending of Rice, Spices and the NON Veg option. Initially riced half boiled with spice and essence and the Non veg option marinated for a good duration and added to Half boiled rice and then steaming up which mean Hyderabadi DUM Biryani. You will find restaurants serving it in every noon and corner of Hyderabad. The best authentic option would be Bawarchi at RTC X Roads, Shadab Charminar and Shah Ghouse Charminar. Rest all may be big names by advertisement or so but not up to to the authentic Mark.

Mirchi Ka Salan


Mirchi Ka Salan (Chilly Curry) is a popular chili and peanut curry of Hyderabad. It is a must along with Hyderabadi biryani. When you cook the biryani it is custom that you dont miss this along with it. The dish main ingredients are green chillies (a Bit fat ones which usually are not that Hot), peanuts, till seeds, dry coconut, cumin seeds, ginger and garlic paste, turmeric powder, bay leaf and thick tamarind juice. Mirchi ka Salan is a traditional Hyderabadi dish prepared in every Muslim wedding and special occasions.

Hyderabadi Haleem (Mutton / Chicken)

Hyderabadi haleem is a must in Hyderabadi muslim weddings. Particularly savoured during the fasting month of Ramazan during break of the fast. It is rich in proteins and light on the palate after the whole process of fasting. It is a stew made from meat, lentils and pounded wheat. Which is pounded the whole day to make a paste of it.  Local spices have given the hyderabadi haleem its unique taste giving it a geographical Identification status by Indian GIS registry as Hyderabadi Haleem. In hyderabad you will find Hyderabadi Haleem allthrough the year, particularly during month of Ramzan you will find it served all over Hyderabad at every nook and corner. Pista house is the licensed user of this denomination you will find haleem being served here allthrough the year.

Bagara Baigan (Egg Plant)

Bagara baigan is a very popular dish among Hyderabadi Households, it is made of brinjals cut in four or more portions but not separated, cooked with roasted  peanut gravy. Served particularly with white rice. Bagara Baigan

 Double Ka Meetha


Double Ka Meetha is a very famous Hyderabadi dessert popularly served since ages. Made of soaked Bread in milk, sugar, spices, cardamom and saffron. It is very similar to shahi tukda another famous Hyderabad Dish.

Qubani Ka Meetha

Khobani is Urdu for apricot, it is mainly made of soaked thick apricot after boiling. While serving it is garnished with almonds and thick cream.



Daalcha also known as Kaddu ka Dalcha is an Hyderabadi, Indian stew made from mutton, chana dal and Tamarind. It is a dish of Hyderabadi cuisine. The other variety, Kaddu ka Dalcha, is also a popular.



Maragh has become a starter in Hyderabadi Weddings. It is a thin soup made from mutton with bones, onions, cashew nuts, curd, coconut powder, boiled milk, cream, ginger-garlic paste, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper powder, green chillies, etc. Normally served with Naan roti.

Naan Roti


Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread found in the cuisines of West, Central and South Asia made of maida. Though from majorly central asia and northern parts of India. It has become part and parcel of Hyderabadi cuisine. It is served mostly with Margh, Nihari Paya and other chicken items.

Nihari Paaya

The word nihar orginated form arabic / urdu word Nahar which mean daybreak.  Very thin stew consisting of slow cooked lamb legs garnished to taste and served with naan or parathas. Hyderabadi Nahari is completely different from what is served in Delhi or other areas of India and Pakistan.

Sheer Khurma


This special dish is served in the morning before going to Eid Prayers during the festivals of Eid Ul Fitr and Eid Ul Zuha. It is a very special festive breakfast dish on Eids.  It is  a pudding made of ingredients butter roasted vermicelli, whole milk, sugar, dates. Depending on the region, cardamom,pistachios, almonds, saffron and raisins are also added.

Andhra Meals


Last but not the least Andhra Meals, which is a everyday meal of all hyderabadi’s, it is sumptous assortment of various curries and appetizers along with rice. Everyone devours it be it vegetarian or non vegetarian. It is cooked in every household all through the city and served in various upscale restaurants as well as budget restaurants which are called Mess locally.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Menus

Hyderabadi Cuisine Mixed – You can select your menu from these items – Dum Ka Chicken / Chicken Masala, Chicken 65, Chicken Drumsticks (For Main Table), Lemon Chicken, Tomato Chicken, Kashmiri Pulao, Rumaali Roti, Bagara Baigan, Till Ka Khatta, Mutton Biryani (No.1 Basmati Rice), Mirchi Ka Salan, Dahi Ki Chatni (Raita), Green Salad, Qubani Ka Meetha, Kaddu ki Kheer / Shahi Tukda, Chicken Spring Rolls, Veg. Spring Rolls, Chicken Haleem, Mutton Haleem, Margh, Kichdi Khatta, Jeera Rice, Special Chicken, Gravy), Chicken Fry (Sukka) / Chicken Achari, Chicken Tangdi Kabab (For Main Table), Rumaali Roti, Zafrani Mutton Biryani (No.1 Basmati), Mirchi Ka Salan, Dahi Ki Chatni (Raita), Green Salad, Kaddu Ka Kheer, Dry Fruits with Ice Cream, Dil E firdous, Kesar Kheer, Qubani Ka Meetha, Kashmiri Rabdi, Irani Chai (Tea).

Hyderabadi Cuisine Mutton Dishes to help you prepare your menu Mutton Pasinda, Mutton Tikka Masala, Mutton Kadai, Mutton Fry (Sukkha), Dum Mutton, Pathar ka Gosht, Kali Mirchi ka Gosht, Mutton Masala, Mutton Kofta Masala, Mutton Hyderabadi , Khorma, Nahari, Maghaz Masala ( Brain Dish), Gosht Pasinde, Kofta.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Chicken Items You can Select From – Chicken Drumsticks, Chicken Tikka Masala , Chicken Kadai, Butter Chicken, Chicken Afghani, Murgh Masala, Murgh Shahi, Murgh Badami, Murgh Musallam, Chicken Masala, Chicken Khorma, Chicken Achari, Chicken Majestic, Shahi Chicken (with cashew), Dum Chicken (Red & Green) ,Ginger Chicken, Chicken Fry (Sukka), Chicken broast, Chicken Roast, Murgh Musallam, Murgh do Pyaza.

Hyderabadi Biryani Items to help you prepare your menu – Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani, Jinga (Prawn) Biryani, Kaju Biryani / Pulao, Egg Biryani, Mix Vegetables Biryani, Mutter (Green Peas) Biryani / Pulao, Qabooli Biryani, Tahari, Yakhni.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Naans and Rotis – Plain Naan, Butter Naan, Tandoori Roti,  Rumaali Roti, Paratha, Chapati, Kulcha.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Desserts – Dry Fruits with ice cream, Fruit Salad, Qubaani, Kesar Kheer, Kaddu Kheer, Dil-e-Firdous, Double ka Meetha, Shahi Tukda, Rabdi, Gajar ka Halwa, Egg Pudding, Rasmalai, Gulab Jamun, Sheer Khurma, Firni, Faluda, Lassi, Rooh Afza Lassi.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Mutton kebabs – Shami Kebab, Sheekh Kabab, Reshmi Kheema, Mutton Sheekh Kabab, Mutton Stick Kabab, Mutton Boti Kabab, Mutton Tikka Kabab, Mutton Chops, Boti Kebabs, Patthar Ka Gosht, Tunday Kebab, Husseini Kebab.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Chicken Kebabs – Chicken Sheekh Kabab, Chicken Boti Kabab, Chicken Tangdi Kabab, Chicken Stick Kabab, Chicken Tikka Kabab, Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Lollipops.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Soups & Raitas – Mutton Marag, Chicken Marag, Nahari Paya, Burhani Raita,

HYderabadi Cuisine Rolls and Lukmis – Mutton Spring Rolls, Chicken Spring Rolls, Veg Spring Rolls, Mutton Luqhmi, Chicken Luqhmi, Veg Luqhmi, Mutton Shikampur, Nargisi Kofta.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Curries – Tomato / Mirch ka Saalan, Bagare Baigan, Tomato Chutney, Dalcha (Kaddu), TILL Ka Khatta, Dahi ki Chutney (Raita), Dalcha, Khatti Dal, Dahi Vada. Dum Ka Aaloo, Miloni Tarkari, Vegetable Khorma, Navratan Chutney, Palak Paneer, Malai Khorma, Khushka.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Seafood – Prawn Masala (jhinga ke khorma), Dum ke Prawn (Jhinga), Dum ki Machli, Fish Masala, Fish Khorma.

Hyderabad Cuisine Other Snacks – Vegetable Cutlet, Vegetable Samosa, Chana Masala.

Hyderabadi Cuisine Hot Beverages – Irani chai (Tea), Sulemani (Black Tea), Khawa, Coffee.