Biryani is a beloved dish all across the Indian subcontinent, and rightly so. Its rich mixture of rice, meat, marinade, and spices never fails to provide a flavourful taste profile that exceeds expectations of all those who eat the meal. Because of the popularity and tastiness of biryani, different cultures and regions often contest this meal’s origin. Who wouldn’t want to claim biryani as their own?

Who Invented Biryani?A debate in October of 2020 went viral on Twitter under the hashtag: #BoycottBiryani Online discourse ranged from those who believed biryani came to India from the Moghuls, to those who believed it was first consumed in the Deccan region as far back as the 15th century, and others who believed it was originally part of the Persian empire.

Historians generally believe that biryani originated in Persia as a more general rice and meat dish, before making its way to India where it was shaped more by Muslimfoods, particularly in the South Indian city, Hyderabd. Pratibha Karan, author of the book Biryani finds that the dish also perhaps has South Indian origins, because armies would prepare a one-pot dish called “pulao” out of convenience and ease, which would turn into biryani eventually through different cooking methods. However, as the dish moved across the subcontinent, it faced influences from other Indian cultures and regions as well, thereby resulting in the countless variations of biryani available today.

All in all, it is safe to say that biryani that, in its own way, biryani has come from all over the subcontinent because of the endless variations available. And it is these different regions that made it into the diverse yet wholesome dish it is today

What does biryani taste like?

A classic biryani dish has an impressive flavor profile to say the least. The meal is doused in several spices, including but not limited to saffron, cumin, turmeric, pepper, cloves,coriander, and cardamom. The rich tastes are tempered by Indian cooking staples: ginger, garlic, tomatoes, green chillies, and onions.

So just one bite of biryani will fill your taste buds with a burst of all of the best spices, mixed well into the soft and supple long grain basmati rice.However,other variations of biryani may use different types of rice such as seeraga samba or jeerakasala.

Despite the abundance of spices, what arguably gives the biryani its unique quality compared to other Indian dishes is the thick marinade. This marinade is made out of a spiced yogurt, because yogurt is a commonly used acid to tenderize meat in South Asian meals.There fore the aromatic, hot spices are cooled down by a fulfilling yogurt marinade that makes the meal to die for.