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And you thought you Hyderabadis eat only Mutton Biryani?  You are not to blame because Hyderabad Biryani has outshined all the other famous dishes here!  Hyderabad cuisine is highly influenced by the Muslims who stay here and who are the descendants of the Nizams.  They are known for their finger-licking meat dishes. They also make other dishes, which I would like to present to you under the title Vegetarian Dishes of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad cuisine is also called Deccan Cusine.  It has influences of Mughalai, Arabic and Turkish cuisines.  The food is very spicy attributed to the Telugu food culture.  Here are some dishes that will tantalize your taste buds.  Let me start with the desserts first –  sweet beginning:


  1. Khubani ka Meetha

Khubani Ka Meeta is a Dessert, omnipresent in all Hyderabadi marriages.  This dish has influences from Central Asian cuisine.  Its main ingredients are Apricots, almonds and Sugar.  Apricots are deseeded and boiled with sugar syrup until pulpy. They are topped with blanched almonds and thick cream/custard/ice cream. Delicious, heavenly…….just try it out!!!

khubani photoPhoto by Rishu83

Where to eat: Any of the Paradise outlets, Grand 4 seasons…… The best Khubani ka Meetha is served in weddings.  Try getting an invitation to one of them!

  1. Hyderabadi Phirni

This is one among the unique Vegetarian Dishes of Hyderabad.  Hyderabadi Phirni is made with milk, basmati rice soaked and grounded, sugar, cardamom, cashew and Khoa.  The technique is in the stirring and the proof is in the eating!  This dish is made during festivals.


Where to eat:  Ohri’s at Hitech city.

  1. Double Ka Meetha

It is also called Shahi Tukra, meaning, morsel fit for royals!  This dessert is made with bread soaked in milk, cardamom, dry fruits and saffron.   This dessert is a great hit among children.  Eat a Tukra and you will be transported to the Royal Palaces of the Nizams!!

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Where to eat: Café Bahar, MLA quarters, Basheerbagh.

  1. Mirch Ka Salan

Let’s shift gears to the Spicy Vegetarian dishes of Hyderabad. If you are a fan of Chillies, then Mirch Ka Salan is for you.  This spicy dish is made from Green chillies, tamarind and peanuts.  Ground Green chillies are boiled with tamarind, coarse peanut paste and flavoured with onions in this special side dish for Hyderabadi Biryani.

Mirch ka salan photoPhoto by stu_spivack

This spicy dish is a regular for most Hyderabadi weddings.

Where to Eat:  Bikanervala, Banjara Hills, Paradise chain of hotels

  1. MLA Pesarattu Dosa

Pesarattu is Dosa made from whole green dal, Green chillies and boiled rice.  This is a protein-rich tiffin which the  Hyderabadis have for Breakfast.  Like the Masala Dosa, which is eaten with Potato Masala, Pesarattu is eaten with Upma.  Peanut chutney or Ginger chutney is the perfect side dip for this Dosa.

pesarattu photoPhoto by ukanda

This dish got its name MLA because it was very popular and frequently eaten at MLA quarters, Hyderabad

Where to Eat: Woodlands ECIL, Coffee Times- Hotel Dasapalla, Chutneys – Kukatpally

  1. Hyderabadi Veg biryani

Like the mutton variety, the Hyderabadi Veg. Biryani is a popular item prepared for lunch and special occasions.  The ingredients include rice, vegetables and spices. This dish is Spicer than the Pulao and other varieties of Biryani made across India.

Vegetable Biryani photoPhoto by gagandeepsapra

The aroma emanating from the kitchen while this Biryani is being made is heavenly.  Spices such as Mace, Cardamom, Green chillies, Bay leaves, Mint, Saffron, Nutmeg, Coriander and Cloves are used liberally to make this Biryani royale.  The vegetables used are Potatoes, carrots, bell paper, beans, onions and peas. Cashews are used to give a rich taste to the dish.

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A Side dish of Mirch Ka Salan or tomato, onion Raitha will complete the menu.

Where to eat: Paradise chain of Hotels, Café Bahar, Bawarchi, Bikanervala, Banjarahills

  1. Khatti Dal Hyderabadi

Khatti Dal is made from cooking Pigeon pea with tomatoes, ginger garlic, Tamarind and green chillies. It is garnished with caramelized onions.  The sourness is the main feature of this dish.  Eat it with your Roti, Paratha or Naan.

Where to find: Once upon a time, Green Park.

Vegetarian Dishes of Hyderabad are also available on Street carts, which serve spicy and mouthwatering varieties of Chat at places like King Kothi, Abids, Secunderabad market area etc.    Check out these dishes on your visit to Hyderabad!

Featured Photo by stu_spivack


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