Behind every great dish there lies a story which makes it even more interesting. Many a times, when we eat that first morsel of that dish, we wonder – Who was the person who first thought of such an amazing thing and what must have been the idea behind it!
While there are usually many theories around the origin of any particular dish, these stories are quite interesting to listen and often become a part of the folklore. One of the most popular rice delicacies in the world – ‘The Biryani’, has its own versions of the story of its origin.
Many believe that the dish originated in the 15th century during Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s rule. Once when his queen Mumtaz Mahal visited the military barracks, she found that the soldiers are under nourished and required a meal that gives them all possible nutrients. That’s when she told her royal chef to cook a rice dish which would encompass all quality nutrients & therein lay the origin of world’s first Biryani – a dish that went on to mesmerize millions of people over the centuries!
Another story that explains Biryani’s widespread is that of a traveler from Hyderabad, who on his maiden journey to the land of deserts – Dubai, stumbled upon a tribe based in Al Bastakiya district. When he reached there he gave some spices that he got from Iran to the tribe’s head chef in exchange of a night’s stay in the small district. That night the tribesmen learnt that their small village would be attacked by a group of bandits. Since it was impossible to move all goods and food to a safe place in such a short time, the village head decided to hide everyone in a small cave nearby along with few goods that could help the villagers sustain their lives for few more days. That’s when one of the cooks came up with an innovative solution to solve the tribe’s food problem.
He took a huge clay pot and created three layers consisting of rice, meat and some gravy on the top. He then poured some water into the mixture and hid the pot beneath the hot sand. After the attack, he removed it and presented a cooked dish to the fellow villagers. The immense heat of the desert sun cooked an entire pot of rice along with some spices and meat. The enticing aroma of the Iranian spices & rice enchanted the villagers. This is how the Biryani cooked in the Arabian Desert grabbed the traveler’s attention. He spread the recipe while coming back to his home town in Hyderabad.
There are many stories which praise the delicious taste of The Biryani and its origin and thus create an interesting aura around this legendary dish. Over the years, the Biryani has travelled far and wide and has won appreciation all around the world.
At Paradise, we serve the authentic Hyderbadi Biryani which has its own fabled tales. So remember, when you relish your favorite Biryani, you are also relishing those innumerable stories behind its origin that probably created the world’s first Biryani!