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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Blogger Manzoor Khan said...

Nice post!

On Lukhmi, well this typical Hyderabadi starter and snack's original and authentic preparation was stuffed with mutton-mince (kheema). But over a period of time - and also for value proposition - the mutton-mince has been replaced by vegitable stuffing. However, the "Kheemey ki Lukhmi" is still served as a starter in the authentic Hyderabadi course of meal, in weddings, parties, etc.

Fortunately, you can still get these lukhmis in Hyderabad House, which has the sole distinction of being the only place that serves the authentic "Kheemey ki Lukhmi".

I love having them, as often as possible.

March 27, 2006 9:31 PM  
Blogger Qais said...

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March 27, 2006 10:03 PM  
Blogger Qais said...

Thanks for the insightful comment. I did come to know of "Kheemey ki Luqmi" from a colleague. But you have explained in a better way for the blog visitors.

Thanks for the contribution. I had the 'Veg' Luqmi at Arbaab Cafe, Toli Chowki but i will take out time to visit Hyderabad House especially for this "Kheemey ki Luqmi".

March 27, 2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Shama & Diya said...

I tried the local bakery burgers..and honestly, weren't as great. However, I do like their biscuits.

What are those called - round and a dot of jelly in the middle? - Osmania?

May 19, 2006 8:03 PM  
Blogger srinivasbala said...

Hi Qais !

Kudos for all the posts about hyd, i have been to couple of places in old city today where i used to visit during childhood days. Keep writing now and then, the city of nawabs need
some good guyz like you.

I am also working on couple of blogs for the hyderabadi's.


October 17, 2006 1:48 PM  
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check it out, and would love to know any comments.

October 23, 2006 3:58 AM  
Blogger Isaac Einstein said...

Hello, I came to know that ICE (Indian Consumer Exhibition) is being organized in Hyd this month on Nov. Can I know when exactly its commencing. I'm currently in Chennai and planning to make a trip.

November 01, 2006 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Hyderabadi said...

Its good to see HYDERABAD on web.
I am also trying to show HYDERABAD in URDU language, in its own urdu-script (unicode-urdu).
Its here:
Mera sheh'r logaan se mamoor kar!

March 14, 2007 10:44 PM  
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Anonymous Mona said...

Well, As Far as i remember Hyderabad has a McDonald Outlet, a very recently opened outlet somewhere near Somajiguda i guess..

February 01, 2008 9:15 AM  
Blogger Qais said...

Hi Mona,
Thanks for caring to leave a comment. Yeah, I agree that Hyderabad has McDonald's outlet(s) now. The first one was opened in Prasad's IMAX complex but this post is older than that.... When I wrote this post, there wasn't any MC Donald or Burger King presence in Hyderabad as compared to all such big cities in India.

February 03, 2008 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi All,

If you have tasted and like the Burgers of Burger king(Pune, Maharshtra), Could anyone please tell me where can i get the same taste in hyderabad.
Local bakeries in hyderabad make the burgers very very juicy. I like dried or crispy burgers.

December 05, 2008 6:11 AM  

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