|September 26, 2022

Biryani: A Popular Dish. What’s So Special About It?

Biryani: A Popular Dish. What’s So Special About It?

Most popular Indian dishes - What comes to your mind after reading it? Chicken Tikka, Butter Chicken or Shahi Paneer? These are some most common guesses. 

Yes or maybe. But do you know what’s more unique and popular dish than these mentioned dishes? The straight answer to the question would be Biryani, without any extra suspense. 

What makes it so unique and flavorful? 

If you’re a Biryani lover, you can definitely feel the aroma of hot Biryani while reading this, sounds mouth-watering and extra appetizing, right?

What exactly is Biryani? Biryani is a mixed rice dish, consisting of basmati rice (aged), whole spices, Indian spice mix, meat or veggies. The Biryani can be considered as a special occasion dish to celebrate a day or so. 

Veg Biryani is a substitute of non - veg Biryani for vegetarians, however, this is not the original Biryani that came into existence, it was modified so that people who are vegetarians can enjoy the dish as well - a fact.  

The Biryani is infused with the aromas of whole spices in addition to spiced rice which makes it more savouring. I would not say that Biryani is a dish that is simple to make at home but, if you follow a simple Biryani recipe, the outcome will be worth trying. 

Do you wish to know more about Biryani and why it is special?

Alcoeats have everything to tell you about this special Biryani - Origin, varieties of Biryani, facts and some health-related aspects concerned with eating Biryani. 

The story of Biryani:

The true origin of Biryani has not yet been clarified. It is believed by many historians that Biryani originated in Persia, after being brought to India by Mughals. Biryani has evolved even more in real Mughal cuisine. 

Another theory says that Biryani was brought by Arab merchants to Malabar in southern India. 

Biryani versions differ from one region to another region. Taking into account regional influence, this original recipe of rice and cured meat has gradually been brought to different parts of the country.

The most popular story we believe is the story of Mumtaaz Begum. When Mumtaaz Begum visited the army camp, she found that the soldiers lacked food in their daily diet and instructed the cooks to prepare hearty meals and to provide the camp with nutritious meals. And this is how the modern Biryani was invented and became a hit.  

Varieties of Biryani

There are wide varieties of Biryani, having a unique identity and flavors. Some of the varieties are listed here below:

  • Mughlai Biryani
  • Awadhi Biryani
  • Kolkata Biryani
  • Memoni Biryani
  • Kampuri Biryani
  • Sindhi Biryani
  • Bombay Biryani
  • Bhatkali Biryani

Amazing facts about Biryani you didn't know

  1. How did Biryani get its name? The word “biryani” is derived from the Persian word ‘birian’ which means to fry before cooking. The Persian word ‘birinj’ means rice.
  2. Biryani and Pulao are not same. Pulao is easier to make while biryani remains a challenge. 
  3. Biryani was the top ordered dish amidst the pandemic in India. You can imagine the popularity of Biryani and the reason that makes it a special dish. 
  4. There are more than 20 types of Biryani in the world. Each of them has a unique flavor, texture, taste and aroma.  
  5. Biryani has an ultimate significance in history. This can be concluded by the interesting story of 

Eat Biryani while staying fit:

Are you health conscious and yet a foodie? 

If yes, then you must know about the calorie content of the food before you eat. 

Do you know how healthy is to eat Biryani? Though, Biryani is rich in calories still you can enjoy your favorite Biryani while staying fit. Here’s how -

Chicken Biryani:

The nutritional value of food that you eat is totally concerned with your fitness level, and that's why it is important to keep a check on calories you consume in a day. If you consume more calories than the calories you burn in a day, you will gradually gain weight. 

The effect of saturated fats and a high-calorie diet affects your liver and can lead to fatty liver disease. 

Let's talk about everyone's favorite Chicken Biryani. As per an article about Chicken Biryani that was published on the internet, in every cup of Biryani, there are - 

Fat - 10 grams

Carbs - 48 grams

Protein - 16 grams

If you don't want to gain weight, you need to know how many calories your body burns within a day and eat less than your total daily energy expenditure. 

In addition to the concept of total daily energy expenditure, you should also keep your body fit by exercising regularly and doing muscle training.

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