India is a diverse culinary world. Each region and city has unique cuisine with different levels of spice. When I went to Hyderabad, I was introduced to so many different dishes that were flavor explosions. I have a huge respect for the way Indian cuisines are prepared, as they require tons of complex flavors and spices and require long hours for some of the foods to perfect. Here is a list of some of my favorite food items I had in Hyderabad.
It’s like eating a giant dough puff. The interior is hollow, but the bread is massive and deep fried. Usually served with a side of curry, the bread is meant to be ripped apart and used to eat with the curry.
2) Sabudana Khichi
This was made of a grain like cous cous and an array of spices (curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin, peanuts, raisins, and coriander). It was so flavorful and delicious by itself or with a curry on the side.
3) Kabsa Laham
This was eaten at a Muslim restaurant, therefore is commonly found throughout the Middle East as well. It was slow-cooked stewed lamb with basmati rice. The spices were so complex and involved. Had to verify on Wikipedia and it looks like common spices are black pepper, cloves, cardamon, saffron, cinnamon, bay leaves, nutmeg, and black lime.
4) Apollo Fish
Spicy fish dish popularly found in Hyderabadi restaurants. The dish consists of battered fish nuggets with masala spice, garlic, pepper, chilies, coriander, ginger, pepper, curry, and lemon.
Little pockets of deep fried dough that you puncture, put masala in, add a green vinegary sauce, and sprinkle fresh onion. Tasty little snack.
6) Samosa Chaat
Basically a samosa smashed up into a plate with more curry, onions, and other spices on top. It’s a really heavy snack, perfect for sharing!
7) Chicken 65
It’s the red chicken to the right of the plate. It’s spicy and delicious!
Loved these, since they tasted like donuts. The dough is a little sour, as it’s similar to a dosa. Deliciously served with chutney on the side.
A spongy cake with sesame seeds in it. It’s a bit sour and not sweet. They put a green hot sauce on top.
It’s like a milky popsicle. This is a nice cool treat on a hot day. Super creamy!
11) Grilled Chicken from Siddiqui Kabbabs
This was really tasty. It’s slow roasted rotisserie style chicken.
Usually eaten after a meal as a digestive, made out of beetlenut leaves and other spices. The top has a thin layer of edible silver.
13) Double-ka-meeta qurbani
A desert made of apricot into a pudding, served with ice cream.
14) Indian Chinese
Imagine Chinese food with Indian spices. It was really damn good, usually went with the fried rice.
Soft spongey cakes with spices and served with chutneys. This is called a type of tiffin or a snack.
16) Indian BBQ
Slow roasted DIY BBQ, similar to Korean BBQ. However, everything is on a skewer.
A giant crepe like bread that is used to dip in chutney or curry. It’s a bit sour and is very crispy.
18) Lamb Briyani
The specialty in Hyderabad. Briyani rice with saffron and lamb.
It’s basically a giant Indian burrito, using roti as the wrap and either tiki masala or some other curry inside. You can also add cheese inside.
20) Chai Massala
Very simple, but just spiced milk tea. Very common in the afternoons.
21) Chicken Lollipops
Chicken drumsticks rubbed in very hot spices.
An apricot bread pudding with nuts