10 Exclusive Food Items That Define Hyderabad’s Culture


Hyderabad has got a lot to define its culture. And the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is the food that Hyderabad has got to offer. While you find varied cuisines all across the city, but that comes later. There are some dishes which are a part of the city’s culture.

Inshort, those who claim to be a Hydrawadi, you should have definitely tasted these. It is not just the biryani Hyderabad is known for. There are a lot more food items that are a part of the Hyderabadi culture and here we have them for you.

Irani Chai1 Exclusive Food Items

Hyderabad is not only famous for its pearls and yummy biryani but even for Irani Chai. In fact, your trip to Hyderabad is undoubtedly incomplete if you don’t sip this hot beverage.

Double-ka-meeta2 Exclusive Food Items

Hyderabadi recipes have their roots in Mughlai cuisine and one such dish from that list is double-ka-meeta. It is prepared using crisp bread pieces soaked in saffron and cardamom flavoured milk rabri. It is very easy to prepare with simple ingredients like bread, milk, cream and sugar. The use of saffron and cardamom adds a nice flavour, aroma and colour to its overall appeal.

Dum Ki Biryani3 Exclusive Food Items


Everything is said about this one. Dum Ki Biryani, be it chicken or mutton, it has become a synonym to Hyderabad. Anyone who steps into Hyderabad definitely have this one desire to taste the Hyderabadi Dum ki biryani.

Kalyani Biryani4 Exclusive Food Items

Yes, beef biryani! Mehdipatnam and Tolchowki are the areas you should check out for a Kalyani Biryani. Pretty cheap and pretty yummy if you love beef especially.

Paya5 Exclusive Food Items

Paya is authentic to the city’s list of delicacies. The taste of sucking those bones with the soup watering your mouth is a pleasure you have experience.

Hyderabadi Marag6 Exclusive Food Items

Marag is actually a famous ARAB dish which became very popular in Hyderabad during the Mughal rule. It is one of the must have starter at Hyderabadi weddings. People love Hyderabadi Marag for its tender meat and exceptional flavour.

Boti Kebab7 Exclusive Food Items

Made from intestines, Boti is a famous dish apart from the mutton curry that is made. It falls in the snacks category and is sometimes made into a curry too.

Lukhmi8 Exclusive Food Items

Lukhmi is a typical mince savoury or starter of the cuisine of Hyderabad. It is a local variation of samosa. It is a non-vegetarian derivative of the samosa although, unlike the latter, the lukhmi is shaped into a flat square patty and includes stuffing mutton-mince kheema.

Haleem9 Exclusive Food Items

It is originally an Arabic dish and was introduced to the Hyderabad State by the Chaush people during the rule of the Nizams. Local traditional spices helped in evolving a unique ‘Hyderabadi haleem’ that became popular among the native Hyderabadi Muslims by the 19th-century.

Qubani ka meetha10 Exclusive Food Items

Qubani ka meetha is a very popular sweet dish in Hyderabad. Qubani is the Urdu term for Apricots. So in English, Qubani ka Meetha translates to apricot sweet or sweet dish made from apricots.