Archive for April, 2009

Hyderabad Dum Biryani

Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is a popular non-vegetarian variety of Biryani. It is a traditional celebration meal made using mutton(goat) or chicken and rice and is the staple of a die-hard Hyderabadi. The Hyderabadi Biryani is so named as it is seen mainly in the city of Hyderabad, India. The blending of Mughlai and Andhra cuisines in the kitchen of the Nizam (ruler of the historic Hyberabad state), resulted in a dish called the Hyderabad Biryani.

The Dum Biryani is prepared with the Katchi Yakhni method (with raw gravy). The raw meat is marinated in curd, Indian herbs, spices and cooked only by the dum, or the baking process, which is done with rice. This is a challenging process as it requires meticulously measured time and heat to avoid overcooking or undercooking the meat.

Pahela Baishakh

Pahela Baishakh or the 1st of Baishakh is the beginning of the Bengali calendar. Unsurprisingly Bengali New Year’s festivities are closely linked with rural life. First started by Emperor Akbar on 10 March 1585 it became effective from 16 March 1586, the day of his ascension to the throne. The basis of the Bengali year is the Hijri lunar year (Muslim era counted from the year of Prophet Muhammad (SM)’s migration to Medina in 622 AD). The Bengali year, accepted at the grass root level irrespective of religious differences, was inaugurated due to practical necessities. A strong reason for the creation of the Bengali calendar was agriculture since the beginning of the Bengali year was a time fixed for tax collection from the farmers.

Traditionally, on Pahela Baishakh homes are thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned; people bathe early in the morning and dress in fine, colourful clothing. They spend much of the day visiting relatives, friends, and neighbors. Special foods like Biryani Khichuri, Fruits & etc are prepared to entertain guests. This is one rural festival that has become enormously popular in the cities, especially in Dhaka and Chittagong where fairs, rallies and cultural events are a common sight on the 1st of Boishakh.

Source: New Nation