With hectic schedules, an endless list of chores at home and deadlines to be met at work, the concept of Takeaways is warmly welcomed by those who could do with some spare time. There are several reasons why Takeaways have become so popular in a rather short time which clearly explains why the popularity of establishments that offer this option is only growing by leaps and bounds.
For those who have an occasional bout of laziness and just can’t seem to get themselves into the kitchen after a hard day’s work or are simple bored and could really do with a break from their own food or even dining at a restaurant, Takeaway comes to the rescue. Takeaways are not limited to catering to those who need just a quick snack or fast food or a healthy meal. There are several gourmet options that are also available on the menu for those who would like to eat something that is truly incredible, but within the comfort and privacy of their own home or any other place of their choice. Sometimes, people may want to have a get together with their family and friends in a more personal and relaxed space and Takeaways make all this possible.
Local Takeaways are an ideal option for those who are living in the vicinity and would like to get something to eat for later when they are on the move. There are a number of different combos that high quality and well established food courts and restaurants offer in terms of portion sizes, the kind of food, and other specifications. There are executive lunches for working professionals where the meal portions are designed to avoid a feeling of uncomfortable fullness or drowsiness that often accompanies oily and unhealthy food. So, when in doubt, Takeaway is the route!
Mr Mohammad Jawad Mohammadzadeh, Vice-President of Islamic Republic of Iran sharing a joke with Mr Ali Hemmati of Paradise at the NTR Gardens outlet of Paradise Food Court recently
Origins of Hyderabadi Biryani
The mere mention of the word biryani conjures up images of large pots steaming with rice and meat and the fragrant smells of Saffron and Basmati rice. Moreover, we all know that the best biryanis come from Hyderabad. Hyderabadi cuisine is known worldwide for its uniqueness. Unlike other regions in South India, Hyderabad was a stronghold of the Nizams and its cuisine has been heavily influenced by the Persians and the Mughals. The cuisine is also meat-based and the utmost attention is given to finding the right kinds of rice, spices, meat, herbs, etc. Hyderabadi biryani has a distinct taste and is laden with saffron and ghee. This type of biryani is spicier than the other versions found throughout India.
Inimitable Hyderabadi Biryani
Hyderabadi biryani is the perfect combination of Andhra and Mughlai cooking techniques. As we all know, this type of biryani originated in the kitchens of the Nizams. How many of us have been lured into a restaurant by the fragrant aromas of a steaming plate of biryani? Almost every Indian can answer that question with a “Me!” The cooking of this type of biryani is considered an art form and many families still use traditional pots made of copper and brass to cook their biryanis. Pressure cookers are a complete no-no. A good Hyderabadi biryani must be slowly cooked over hours resulting in layers of tastes and textures. It is always cooked with Basmati rice, saffron, lamb meat and spices but some versions are made with chicken.
The distinct aroma of a plateful of Hyderabadi biryani is a result of the ittar, mace, kewra water, rose water, ghee, saffron and numerous exotic spices that are often used during the cooking process. This biryani recipe also uses loads of onions, yoghurt, lemon and coriander to marinate, cook and garnish the dish. To balance the strong flavors of the biryani, it is often eaten with Raita (Yoghurt-based side dish) or Bagare Baingan (Roasted Eggplant). You may have eaten countless plates of biryani and Raita in your lifetime but do you know that there are two types of Hyderabadi biryani? Probably not! Kachi gosht ki biryani is the one that is slow-coked over coals in a pot sealed with dough. Here, the meat is cooked with the rice. Pakki biryani takes less time to prepare as the meat is cooked before it is added to the rice.
Hometown of Hyderabadi Biryani
Is goes without saying that Hyderabad is the place where you must go to taste authentic Hyderabadi Biryani. In Hyderabad, Paradise Food Court is a biryani institution. It is celebrated for its Hyderabadi biryani and dishes and has been serving biryani since the 1950s. Paradise Food Court attracts celebrities and average citizens alike. To gorge on the best biryanis, Faludas, Kebabs and Tandooris make sure you visit this restaurant the next time you are in Hyderabad.
Established in 1953 as a small cafe that served tea and snacks, Paradise Restaurant has undergone an amazing transformation into one of the most popular, well known, and famous restaurant chains in Hyderabad. Synonymous with the words ‘India’s best Hyderbadi Biryani’ and ‘good food,’ Paradise Restaurant has carved a niche for itself in this intensively competitive and highly dynamic industry where only the taste of food and value for money that an establishment offers matters.
Having started out at its famous location in Secunderabad for which it received accolades as the largest sit-down restaurant in the country, Paradise Restaurant successfully replicated the same experience for all their die-hard fans in their other branches located at Masab Tank (A takeaway at Masab Tank Cross Roads) and Hi tech City (In the Food Plaza inside Shilpakalavedika compound) with the Food Court at NTR Gardens being the latest addition.
With its strategic location near Prasad’s IMAX, Paradise Food Court at NTR Gardens is enjoying unprecedented success within the first month of its opening.
Just like its counterpart in Secunderabad, Paradise Food Court at NTR Gardens serves an array of lip smacking Hyderabadi, Indian, and Chinese continental delicacies. The best part about this location is that diners flock to it throughout the day; office goers and the multiplex crowd grab a bite at the newest venue during the day while friends and family enjoy a leisurely dinner while relaxing in its luxuriant yet cosy and friendly ambience. With Paradise Food Court at NTR Gardens, Hyderabad had added another must-visit place where tourists across the globe can indulge their taste buds.