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11 Best Foods of Hyderabad You Must Try

Hyderabad — the city of Nizams, is not only famous for its breathtaking Char Minar and IT parks but also for lip-smacking foods.

Hyderabad is nothing short of a foodie's paradise. The place has some of the best cuisines you won’t find anywhere else.

Here, in this blog, we have created a list of the 11 best foods you can try in Hyderabad. Let’s take a look:

  1. Hyderabadi Biryani 

Hyderabadi Biryani

Our list starts with the cuisine that one cannot simply ignore when in Hyderabad. Yes, we are talking about the world-famous Hyderabadi Biryani.

What makes this biryani an haute cuisine is its unique method of preparation. Hyderabadi biryani is prepared with raw meat and layers of basmati rice. It’s layered in three stages using ghee, traditional spices, and mint leaves. 

Upon cooking, it comes out as the most flavoursome biryani. Don't forget to mention that it includes a considerable number of spices. Even a single bite of Hyderabadi Biryani will transfer you to the world of flavours!

Besides, you can enjoy this biryani any time of the day. That’s how popular this dish is over here. 

  1. Qubani ka Meetha 

Qubani ka Meetha

Anybody with a sweet tooth? Give this Hyderabadi sweet dish a try!

This dessert is made of dried apricots with subtle flavors and is sweetened satisfactorily. It’s seasoned with almonds, pistachios, and cashews. Foodies often enjoy it with vanilla ice cream and get lost in yummyliciousness. Qubani or Khubani ka meetha is a staple at all the festivities and weddings in Hyderabad.

So, don’t forget to indulge in Qubani ka meetha on your trip to Hyderabad. 

  1. Keema Samosa 

Keema Samosa

Usually, we have seen or eaten samosas with aloo or potato stuffing. But with keema stuffing, it sounds unreal, right? Well, Hyderabad is famous for its keema samosa as well. This tremendous Indian snack has got a unique look and taste over here; you can say that. 

The minced mutton samosa is readily available in Hyderabad as a snack. So, you can enjoy it in any season and for any reason.

  1. Dum Pukht 

Dum Pukht

Dum Pukht is yet another food of Hyderabad famous for its unbeatable taste. It is prepared using the "slow-oven cooking" method. This method allows the meat or vegetables to cook in their own juices, eliminating the need to flavour them with additional spices. It is believed that Dum Pukht cooking originated in Persia, and it was a foremost technique in Mughal cooking.

The cooking method includes a heavy-bottomed pot sealed with dough to prevent the slightest fragrance from escaping. So when you're in Hyderabad, give dum pukht biryani, ghost, and aloo a try.

  1. Boti Kebab

Boti Kebab

It’s a traditional barbeque meat dish quite popular in Hyderabad. The recipe finds its origin in the Middle East. The succulent kebabs with mint chutney is to die for. If you're a non-vegetarian, sink your teeth in this famous boti kebab. 

It is one of the famous street foods in Hyderabad. 

  1. Mirchi Bajji

Mirchi Bajji

Mirchi Bajji is the specialty of Hyderabad. This tea-time snack uses chilli, chickpea powder, onion, lemon, and ajwain. The stuffing of chickpea, onion, lemon, and ajwain is filled in the chilly, dipped in chickpea batter, and then deep fried.

It tastes spicy but leaves flavours in your mouth, treating your taste buds.

Well, to take a bite of Mirchi Bhajji, you'll have to wait till evening. Street vendors sell it by the evening, and most office-goers don't head home until having a plateful of this tea-time snack.

  1. Double ka Meetha 

Double ka Meetha

It is yet another iconic food of Hyderabad. This delicious dessert is a staple in every Muslim wedding in Hyderabad. This dessert is made of milk-soaked bread slices. This isn't ordinary milk, but it is infused with saffron and cardamom. People also call it “Double Roti” or “Double ka Meetha as its size doubles after baking.”

  1. Haleem 


The flavorsome mutton stew is prepared with broken wheat, lentils, and spices. It takes longer to cook as haleem is prepared on a slow flame. You can enjoy it on any given day while in Hyderabad.

  1. Hyderabadi Marag

Hyderabadi Marag

Hyderabadi Marag is a special soup dish made of tender mutton. The aroma coming out of this soup is sure to fire up your hunger pangs and soothe your soul. A gentle dash of spices gives it a rich flavour that is perfect for chilly winters. 

If you don’t like mutton, some restaurants also serve Hyderabadi Marag with chicken. 

  1. Mirchi ka Salan 

Mirchi ka Salan

The name chilli may send your taste buds a hot sensation, but this curry is a must-try. Made of chillies and spices, this traditional Mirchi ka Salan is a balanced dish you can enjoy with rice or roti. Or, you can combine it with popular Hyderabadi biryani, curd, and raita.

  1. Patthar ka Gosht 

Patthar ka Gosht

It sounds bizarre as we all have tasted lamb dishes prepared in utensils atop the stove. But this lamb dish is prepared on stone or Patthar hence the name “Patthar ka gosht.” It is a popular Hyderabadi dish having a smoky flavour. Foodies all over India come here to relish this special dish.


Hyderabad is a foodie's paradise. The city is dotted with various eateries serving delicious foods famous all around. So if you visit Hyderabad, don't forget to sink your teeth in the dishes mentioned above. We are sure your taste buds would thank you for treating them with the flavours, spices, and richness of Hyderabadi cuisine.

Yes, the list is not exhaustive, and we might have missed some important cuisines. You can share your favourite Hyderabadi cuisine with us. 

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