RCI-Authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine Round-Up

The air again has a crispness to it and cold and the colors vibrant on the leaves of most of the trees. Fall is officially here and I am enjoying every bit of it.

Due to lack of time and hectic schedules, I was unable to present you with the round up of RCI event. I apologize for that. I feel very happy and lucky to have been given the chance by Lakshmi to host the RCI event on Authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine.

If you are ever invited by a traditional Hyderabadi household for a lunch or dinner or breakfast for a change, you should always expect a feast fit for a king awaiting you with a spread both delectable for the eyes and extremely delicious for the taste with such hospitability and love, you will remember for years together.

Dear friends, I am very delighted to present you the round up for RCI:Authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine. Enjoy the feast!

Entrees from Food-Bloggers:

Starters and Chutneys:

Geeta of ‘Payt Pooja’ sends her Shami Kofta
Anjum of ‘Cheers to Easy Cooking’ sends her Haleem
Manasi of ‘Kiss the Cook’ sends her Lukhmi
PJ of ‘Seduce Your Tastebuds’ send her Kothimira Perugu Pachadi (Cilantro Curd Chutney)
Manasi of ‘Kiss the Cook’ sends her Sheekh Kabab.
Uma of ‘Essence of Andhra’ sends her Gongura Pachadi (Red Sorrel Leaves Chutney)
Maninas of ‘Food Matters’ sends her Mint and Coriander Chutney
Manasi of ‘Kiss the Cook’ sends her Shikampuri Kabab

One-Dish Meals:

Yasmeen of ‘Health Nut’ sends her Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani
Anjum of ‘Cheers to Easy Cooking’ sends her Kacche Gosht Ki Biryani
Zainab of ‘Arabic Bites’ sends her Chicken Biryani
Usha of ‘My Spicy Kitchen’ sends her Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani
Lubna of ‘A Hyderabadi Foodie’s Cookbook’ send her Kofta Pulao
Maimoona of ‘Mammu’s Kitchen’ send her Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani
Ayesha of Ayesha’s Hyderabadi Recipes send her Vegetable Fried Rice
Lubna of ‘Yummy Food’ sends her Hyderabadi Haleem
Geetha of ‘The Fragrant Kitchen’ sends her Vegetable Dum Biryani
Pavani of ‘FoodLovers’ sends her Hyderabadi Dum Biryani


Maryam sends her Murgh/Chicken Korma
Mansi Desai of ‘Fun and Food’ sends her Hyderabadi Baghare Baingan
Aparna of ‘Sumi’s Weblog’ sends her Mirchi Ka Salan
Rashmi of ‘DelhiBelle’ sends her Baghare Baingan and Khatti Arbi
Syeda of ‘Indian Spices’ sends her Tamate Ka Masale Ka Salan
Sujatha of ‘Spicy Khazana’ sends her Hyderabadi Dalcha
Pallavi of ‘All Thingz Yummy’ sends her Hyderabadi Kheema
Nags of ‘Edible Garden’ sends her Mirchi Ka Salan
Priya Suresh of ‘Easy N Tasty Recipes’ sends her Hyderabadi Chicken 65
Maninas of ‘Food Matters’ sends her Murgh/Gosht Tamatar (Lamb/Chicken with tomatoes)
Hima of ‘SnackORama’ sends her Baghare Baingan
Meera of ‘Enjoy Indian Food’ sends her Gongura Dal
Jayashree of ‘Experiments in Kailas Kitchen’ sends her Mirchi Ka Salan


Divz of ‘Welcome to the Yum World’ sends her Shahi Tukda
Kate of ‘Applemint’ send her Shahi Tukda

Entrees from Non-food Bloggers:

Sana sends her recipe for ‘Hyderabadi Marag’, a Lebanese mutton soup, which has now become a very important starter item in the menu at many modern Hyderabadi weddings.
Let us go through her recipe in her words:

Marag is actually an Arab dish which got assimilated into the Hyderabadi cuisine during the period of Arab rule in India . The Hyderabadis then made a few changes to it according to their own taste and hence came forth the “Hyderabadi Marag”.It is actually a very simple soup and gets prepared very easily. I usually set aside the meat which had bones and marrow attached to it, called ‘Adley ka Gosht’ to prepare this dish cause it really gets a good taste from such a meat.

Hyderabadi Marag:


Meat with bones: 1 lb
Onion: 1 large finely chopped
Cashew nut: 2 tbs blanched
Spices: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Bay leaves, Cloves, Whole Black Peppercorns (according to spiciness one prefers
Salt: according to taste
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
Crushed Small Green chilies: according to taste
Milk/Light cream: 1/2 cup
Oil for cooking
Ginger-Garlic paste: 1tbs
Juice of 1 lime
Cilantro for garnish

Take a little oil in the cooker add the crushed green chilies and the ginger-garlic paste and sauté’ it for a few seconds then add the spices, turmeric, salt and the meat and sauté it again for a few minutes till the meat is well covered with all the spices and browned on all sides. Add a little water to it and let it pressure cook till the meat is well done. In the mean time take the finely chopped onion in a pan at medium heat and add a little oil to it and let it get a little soft. Turn off the heat and let it cool down for sometime. Then take the blanched cashew nuts and onion in a grinder and grind it to a very fine paste. Take a vessel, pour a little oil in it and warm it, then add the onion-cashew nut paste to it and sauté till the raw smell of the onions is gone. Now add the meat along with its stock and let it cook for sometime till the oil starts coming on top. Now add the milk to it and again let it boil for a few more minutes till it is all well mixed . Take it off the heat add the lime juice and coriander and serve it hot with Naan or home made Parathas.


I hope you all have enjoyed going through all these recipes. If at all I have missed any of the entrees sent by any of you, please let me know about it. Also visit my Recipe Index for a variety of other Hyderabadi dishes from my blog. Cheers and Have a good weekend!


27 thoughts on “RCI-Authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine Round-Up

  1. as salamaliukum mona…

    peleh toh bahhot bahoot mubarak…
    I recently shifted to toronto and i am new here…currently me and my husband we r in apt at Donmills(bulid no.80).As u r in toronto it will b pleasure to meet u…and if u know anyone near by my apartment please let me know it.. I am from hyderabad feeling homesick so thought of making new friends…Inshallah aapseh bhi mulakat karengeh… rite know u might be bussy with ur baby…but reply me as when u get time…
    take care
    dua may rakhna..

    Safiya, welcome to Toronto. Its a beautiful place. Inshallah you will love it. My lil one is keeping me extremely busy. Inshallah I will try.

  2. mona main hyderabadi hi houn main aap se sirf itna janna chahati houn ke aap hyderabad mien hi rehthi hai ya kahein aour

    Nafees, main bhi Hyderabad se hi hoon, par mein ab rehti hoon Toronto mein.

  3. I’ve heard of this particular Hyderabadi dish called “Haleem” prepared only during the month of Ramadan which takes 24 hours to prepare. Can u put some light

    Sajna, there is no need to cook Haleem whole night. With modern day utilities that help lessen time while cooking, we can improvise and prepare the same dish in a much simpler, tastier and healthier way. ~Mona

  4. absulately divine recipe. normally my mom used to make like this but she used put paste of atta to thicken the gravy. wow. great. thanks.

  5. Oh My God! I ate Marag over 20 years as a child in Secunderabad! My dad’s friend brought it to our house.I distinctly remember what a wonderful time we had with our cousins and that uncle’s kids. I always associate happy times with Marag! Thanks Mona for bring back those lovely memories! I am definitely going to make this dish!!

    Keep up the good work!

  6. great round up Mona, loved to see all the nice hyderabadi reipes, and mona thanx a lot for the kachi aqni chicken biryani, I made it sometime back,it was an instant hit. thanx

  7. Hey Mona…that was a nice roundup, but I was waiting for recipes like Pasinde or perhaps Mahi Kalia…and I was surprised to find only Shahi Tukde in desserts 🙁
    Nevertheless a good effort!

  8. Asalam-wa-lekum.,i had been waiting to c everyone posts…its a great event..has the entries closed??..can i send more..i guess i am asking u too much!!

    Anjum, yes, the entries have been officially closed. But inshallah I plan to hold an another such event in the coming days. ~Mona

  9. mmmm..i can smell the aromas of Hyderabadi food. I miss the good old hyderabad..the funny accent ,the lovely people…at least i can relish its food everyday. Shukriya Mona for a the simply Hyderabadi round-up.

  10. nice round up mona. thanks for the feast.
    one thing i was hoping to see in the recipes was ‘chakna’. i don’t know if anybody knows about it. my grandma used to make it long time ago. those days i never bothred abt cooking. now i don’t know how tomake it. it was one of bakhrid specials. anybody ?

    Amina, Inshallah I will try to publish the recipe of Chankna someday. Do remind me if I tend to forget about it. ~Mona

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