Sofiyani Biryani, the Other Biryani from Hyderabad

When we mention Hyderabadi biryani, we usually refer to the saffron-colored spicy zafrani version which is available everywhere – star hotels, restaurants as well as Irani cafes. However, there is another version of biryani in Hyderabadi cuisine, a white aromatic rice and meat preparation called Sofiyani Biryani, which was quite popular in yesteryears and still finds favour with a select few food lovers.


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Novotel at Lucknow: A Comfortable Stay at the Heart of the City of Nawabs

I had been planning a trip to Lucknow for quite some time. The reasons for me were twofold – revisiting the tourist attractions as well as feast on the delicious Awadhi street food, while my wife also wanted to visit the Ramakrishna Mission there. Finally, in September we could plan a four-day trip there, starting with a day’s stay at the Mission, followed by a three-day booking at Novotel in Gomti Nagar.


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The NH2 Trail at Marriott: Food along the Highway from Delhi to Kolkata

I am usually quite circumspect in recommending Food Festivals. My readers who are familiar with my style know that I usually pick only a few dishes which are good in a particular festival for my recommendations, with a caveat that all that glitters is not gold. That said, the food promotion scenario in Hyderabad is changing for the better in a huge way, and recently we had quite a few outstanding fests like the Magadhi and Odiya fest at Sheraton and the Himalayan one at Marriott. The NH2 Trail at Okra, Marriott Hyderabad is one more I can safely add to this list.


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Jouzi Halwa, the Hyderabadi Dessert with Turkish Influence

The Hyderabadi cuisine has a rich collection of traditional desserts ranging from sweets made from ingredients like almonds, apricot and even bottle gourd. But, one sweet dish which had come into the city only about a century back, and gained rapid popularity, as well as the patronage of the Nizams, is a dessert called Jouzi Halwa.


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Preethi Zodiac MG218 Mixer Grinder

Kitchen Appliances play an important role in our busy family lives, especially for people with culinary interests. A good kitchen appliance can save you time every day, and help you prepare your favourite dishes in a much more efficient way. One of the major appliance for everyday use is definitely the mixer grinder.


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Subhan Bakery: Keeping the Hyderabadi Baking Traditions Alive

Hyderabad has a rich tradition of local bakeries which have been catering to the citizens since generations. The first home-based bakery had started up in the city around a century ago having bread as their only product. Over time, the bakery business flourished adding other items like biscuits, puffs, cakes, dilkush and dilpasand.  John’s Bakery, Khaja Bakery were some of the well-known places in olden times where people used to flock for cakes, bread, and biscuits.


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Sunbean Gourmet Coffee: My First Experience with the New Brand from ITC

International Coffee Day had just gone by and I was back in Hyderabad after a long vacation in Kolkata when I received this invite to attend a media briefing session of gourmet coffee from ITC Foods. The session was organized at Skypoint, the rooftop watering hole of the newly launched ITC Kohenur. On the appointed afternoon, I along with some media and blogger friends assembled at the outlet to try out the products.


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Experiencing the Heavenly Himalayan Trail at Bidri

Different restaurants in Hyderabad host many food festivals and promotions throughout the year. Most of these are based on cuisines of a particular state, region or country. However, there is often a tendency to showcase the cuisines which are comparatively well-known such as Punjabi, Bengali or Italian.


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