If you belong to the non-veg clan of the human kind, you would certainly agree to what is to follow!
Biriyani is happiness, Biryiani is life!
This certain dish has become one of the most fascinating foods in our life. A week end goes incomplete without a good feast for lunch and no feast is good without Biriyani. Such is the immense value that the dish built over the years. Briyani is found almost everywhere in the world now due to people travelling and settling down across geographical borders. But here is a thing – Name it hyderbadi Briyani, Dum Briyani or anything you like but the most popular and sort of food in Southern India is not Indian , or even Asian in that regard.
Let’s get the facts straight. There has been a lot of speculations over the origins of Biryani. The name is believed to be derived from the Farsi word ‘Birian’. Based on the name, and cooking style (Dum), one can conclude that the dish originated in Persia and/or Arabia. India was under the rule of the Mughals form the middle-east for a long time. The Persian dynasty did expand into the interiors of the Indian peninsular. During the period, Lucknow was then known as Awadh – explains much of the Awadhi Biryani and later down the periods came the era of the Nawabs – descendants of the Mughal empire but yet born in India. Make no mistake they were true Indian, but had the ancestral bloods from the Mughals. This explains the famous Calcutta biryani (Nawab Wajid Ali settlement), Hyderabadi briryani (Nizam-ul-mulk – rule of Hyderabad) and the Arcot Biryani (Nawab of Arcot settlements).
One can firm in on the fact that Briyani was indeed a dish celebrated by the nawabs and the Nizams and has be known to feature in every feast thrown to the guests treated. Later the Tahiri Biryani found it’s way into the history books by a different story altogether and Indians were pretty much the first to work out a vegetarian version of Biryani in the 18th century.
However, judging from the origins and history of the recipe, one cannot take pride in the locality of the dish. India, Pakistan , Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and Malaysia have their own recipes of the dish but the irony of the dish originating from the Middle East makes it a non Asian dish. And, that is why Ladies and Gentlemen, one does find Biryani in Orangewok’s menu card. We are truly – an Authentic Asian Restaurant!