The credit for delectable Nizami cuisine should go to the hardworking khansamas of the royal kitchen. Nizami cuisine comes from the royal kitchens of the Nizams, who ruled Hyderabad for two decades. A Nizami daawat was, in true words, flamboyant and grandiose. From hundreds of dishes being laid to crushing pearls in the dishes, the Nizami love for food was exceptional.
What’s even more interesting is that the khansamas of the royal kitchen were banned from sharing the recipe of the mouth-watering dishes they made. Here we look at some different Nizami dishes apart from the regular Hyderabadi biryani.
P.S- While Hyderabadis might know most of the dishes, this list is for people who think Nizami cuisine is just paayas and biryanis…
1. Badaam Ki Jali
As the name suggests, badaam ki jali are basically almond cookies with food carvings on them. Marzipan being the main ingredient, badaam ki jali are made into various shapes and sizes. For special occasions, Urdu lines are carved on the sweets.
2. Patthar Ka Gosht
This vanishing delicacy is literally cooked on a stone. An unpolished granite stone is heated with charcoal and mutton and the ingredients are placed above it. The dish surprisingly doesn’t need oil or, at the most, very little oil. Patthar ka gosht is a crowd-puller at Hyderabadi weddings. Since it takes a lot of hard work and patience to cook on a stone, the dish is becoming rare and is vanishing fast from the food scene.