Hyderabadi Recipes

The city of Hyderabad, famous for its minarets and pearl-bazaars, is the capital city of the state of Andhra Pradesh, a bustling 400-year-old metropolis of some 6 million. Long renowned as the seat of the fabulously wealthy Nizams (rulers) who patronized expert artisans, famous for piercing and stringing pearls, it is a historic urban center that brings to mind…

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Kitchens of Hyderabad

Hyderabad has always been irrevocably entwined with its food. In Charmaine O’Brien’s Penguin Food Guide to India, I read that Hyderabad state’s official flag had a symbolic representation of a kulcha. “It was there because, legend has it, the first Nizam consumed seven kulchas in the presence of a Muslim holy man who then prophesied that the Asaf Jahi…

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