Thursday, March 23, 2006

Hyderabadi Goodies

Almost every city has something special to eat and talk about. To name a few, Agra’s Petha. Mathura’s peda, Kanpur’s Kulfi, Mumbai’s Vada pav, Indore’s Poha, Kolkata’s Rashogulla and Delhi’s Chaat are a few of famous delicacies associated with different cities. Hyderabad, too has some specialities like Hyderabadi Biryani, Haleem, Dalcha, Double ka Meetha and Khubani ka meetha. Apart from all this, Hyderabad has a good number of Tea Cafes and Bakeries. Because of these bakeries in every nook and corner of hyderabad, one can taste a variety of biscuits, cakes, pastries, puffs, rolls, pizzas and burgers.

Snacks and Bakery items served in these Cafes are somewhat indigenous in nature. Here are a few of them for you to relish upon:

Osmania Biscuit: A typical biscuit named on the last Nizam. Served in all the cafes, bandis and tea stalls, ubiquitously.

Chand Biscuit: Another Hyderabadi biscuit. Apparently, it got the name because of its shape resembling a crescent moon.

Fan Biscuit: A longish wafery biscuit.

Dilkhush: A sweet snack item which has lot of cream and other sweet stuff tucked in a bun. I bet it must have got the name because of its ability of making hungry hearts happy. Have one or two and you are ready to walk a mile or two.

Luqmi: A namkeen (salty) snack with just a little vegetable and spicy filling in a flat square patty.

Bun-Maska: Bun with butter and sugar on it.

Surprisingly, Hyderebad doesn’t have a McDonald outlet as yet. The possible reason could be stiff competition from the local bakery businesses. A Veg burger for Rs 15/- and a Chicken burger for 22/- with some extra cheese for 5/- can surely give McDonald's a run for their money.

So, here’s a toast…err.. a ‘Burger’ to Hyderabad’s Bakery Business.

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