Lucknow Vs. Kolkata Vs. Hyderabad: Which city serves the best Biryani recipe?

If you are a Biryani lover then you must be aware of the Biryani battle among Kolkata, Lucknow and Hyderabad. So, here’s to decide which city serves the best recipe of Biryani. Check them out below.
Lucknow Vs. Kolkata Vs. Hyderabad: Which city serves the best Biryani recipe?Lucknow Vs. Kolkata Vs. Hyderabad: Which city serves the best Biryani recipe?
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You must have been well acquainted with the never-ending battle among Kolkata Biryani, Lucknow Biryani and Hyderabadi Biryani. There has always been a fight among Biryani lovers to prove which city possesses the best recipe of Biryani. But above all, all these three have their different delicacy, aroma and taste. Their story of origination even dates back to history. Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, each of them is best in their own style. 

Hyderabad is popularly known to prepare Nizami Biryani, Lucknow for Nawabi Biryani, and Kolkata for Awadhi Biryani. So, if you also want to know about which one is best, then you have to read on below to get your answer. 

1. Nizami Biryani of Hyderabad

This is the most popular and widely-consumed Biryani which was influenced by the Middle-Eastern flavours. It’s a strong blend of flavours and spices with meat, birista, mint, saffron etc. 

2. Nawabi Biryani of Lucknow

Mughal Emperor Babar introduced this preparation of Biryani during 15th century from Persia. This Biryani with a delightful aroma is prepared with meat marinated with curd and herbs. The meat and the rice of this dish are prepared separately and then mixed together to create a distinct flavour.

3. Awadhi Biryani of Kolkata

This is known to be a lighter version of Awadhi Biryani with a mild flavour. It has yellow-coloured aromatic rice with soft meat pieces in it. This dish, prepared with mild spices, is served with a potato and a boiled egg. This Biryani was originated in the year 1856 when Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was exiled to Kolkata. The nawab brought his chefs with him in the city. But the chefs had to cut down on the meat portion due to the lack of enough funds and added potato on it. 

The result

Each of the Biryani is best on its own way and of course according to the taste of the foodies. If you like spicy Biryani then go for Hyderabadi; if you like to experience Nawabi food then try the Lucknowi style; and if you want to taste mild flavoured Biryani, then Kolkata is the best option. The choice is yours!

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Hyderabad Biryani the king of Biryanis. Every Indian knows and loves Hyderabad style Biryani which is the best and world class taste. .

I like hyderabad biryani somuch yummy tasty

Keep guessing!

It appears non of the above people who have commented have tasted the Biryani served by kejriwal.

It appears non of the above people who have commented have tasted the Biryani served by kejriwal.

amazing

The people who are saying there is tamarind in Hyderabadi biryani have been duped. They might have eaten that stupid ulvacharu biryani, which is originally from Andhra, and thought it is Hyderabadi biryani. I can only laugh at those idiots.

According to me the best is the Lucknowi biryani as there is so much of science and technique that goes to the preparation of this dish. Also so many spices are used but it has a balance of all spices used to make the dish delicate, no one spice overpowers the other. That is the beauty of Lucknowi cuisine.

The second best biryani has to be the Hyderabad biryani for the sole reason that it has so much robustness in the dish. The spices are all out there to taste. It may differ from the subtleness of Lucknowi cuisine but it makes up in its flavors.

The Kolkata biryani,though nice to taste, is a poor cousin of the two. And cannot stand in front of them and feels short of being a great biryani.

According to me the best is the Lucknowi biryani as there is so much of science and technique that goes to the preparation of this dish. Also so many spices are used but it has a balance of all spices used to make the dish delicate, no one spice overpowers the other. That is the beauty of Lucknowi cuisine.

The second best biryani has to be the Hyderabad biryani for the sole reason that it has so much robustness in the dish. The spices are all out there to taste. It may differ from the subtleness of Lucknowi cuisine but it makes up in its flavors.

The Kolkata biryani,though nice to taste, is a poor cousin of the two. And cannot stand in front of them and feels short of being a great biryani.

Will pay a lakh if come to Hyderabad and show me in any big or road side restaurant using Tamrid or lime while preparing Biryani kuch maloom nahi bhokte rehte

Have not tasted biryani at Lucknow. Have had biryani at Hyderabad at Cafe Bahar and Paradise. Cafe Bahar tasted better, but Paradise is also a brand and not without reason. Kolkata biryani differs in taste among the major outlets such as Shiraz and Arsalan, each place has its own uniqueness. Such comparison for the tag of best biryani recipe city can never be conclusive since individual choices are so different. Let's all biryani lovers pray for our country now and pass this time safely. God willing we will have many more opportunities to taste our favourite biryanis.

Very bad article... didnt do justice to all 3 biriyanis...

Tasted all three varieties of Biryanis. All are unique and subtle. Those who prefer mild spice with a fusion of fragrances of Keora and saffron may prefer Luckhnawi or Awadhi Biryani and those with a similar preference along with a weakness on soft and delectable potato may prefer Kolkata Biryani and those who prefer ballet of spices, will definitely find Hyderabadi to be suitable for their palate.

Kolkata Biryani is a watered down version of Biryani.It lacks the richness and flavour which is found in Pakistan, Iran , Lucknow or Hyderabad.

If you want biryani with authentic recipe it's from Lucknow (real biryani) lot of spices still it is balanced taste. Hyderabadi biryani is rich in spices and kinda spicy, I will like to says it's not for everyone.. Kolkata biryani is kinda compromised biryani, at last would like to say that flavor perception is created by the brain, which can be different in different people and different region.

Hyderabadi biryani is best one and famous in world...
Bengali mix rice with chicken not biryani...

Never mind Bengaluru Donne Biriyani is the best

I am a Bengali, undoubtedly, I love Kolkata Biryani of Arselan and Amenia followed by creamy firni.

Keep fighting guys I m loving the comments its best timepass in this lockdown period going on

Whatever version of Biryani, it leaves calories and gastric troubles as a reminder of the good food

Once after tasting the asli Hyderabadi Dum Biryani in the Old City of Hyderabad.. you won't be expecting for any other biryanis.. trust me Hyderabadi is best ever an ever..

Happy to see the debate on which is the best Biryani... Keep it going!

Kolkata Biryani is the worst...really hate the smell of Rose Water in it.

Every one is trying to diss and at the same time comapare their biryani to Hyderabad. That tells something.

Did you just call Hyderabadi biryani only spicy.Don't even get me started.FYI Hyderabad just became India's only culinary heritage city.

Malabar Chicken biryani is the best!!!perfect blend of richness n spicy aromatic chicken

Best of best is hyderabadi, kolkata biryani is not biryani it's one level up to palaou. Second to hyderabadi is lucknowi

American biryani is the best

Kolkata biryani is The masterpiece of biryanis. It consists of basmati rice long grain and potato in one side and other side there is a mutton or chicken so it keeps balance between protein and carbohydrate.

Hyderabad biriyani is a patented product . Just eat in paradise ( in Hyderabad).
No other biriyani can match the taste

Thanks to lockdown people have so much time to fight over Biriyani.
It's only one week dear.
By the third week all will go to mental asylum and instead of Biriyani they will relish bland hospital food.

East or west, Kanpur biryani is the best. Well hyderabad biryani is full of spices, madrasi biryani is full of dry fruits and mint. Each biryani is of special quality but I bet if you taste kanpur biryani, then I am sure you will have to add to your top five list of best biryani or i can say no.1.

Lucknowi biryani and hyderabadi biryani are the ones that comes under the subtitle of biryani
Because of the ingredients they use and style of preparing at the same time kolkata biryani is mixed style of preparing from previous persian dishes
So in comparision between lucknowi and hyderabadi they both are unique and have to taste them for their flavours in different perspective. And fortge sake of people hyderabadi biryani uses bit of fermented curd for tge sourness so tamarind guys

Hyderabad is known for its unique types of tastes that includes many types of biryani.. though kolkatta and lucknow birthday is good for their people..
It is hyderabadis who are obsessed by hyderabadi biryani..
Nothing beat the hyderabadi biryani

Poor guys ain't compare with other. Every biryani is authentic and every individual has got his/her own taste buds and receptors. Not everyone can like same biryani. However, hyderabadi biryani is the most loved biryani in India. Its proven

Regional support!!! f**k the biriyani I bet some ppl here didn’t even taste Biryani excluding the one from their region

I'm amused to see people out there thinking that biryani as a good food item. Actually, it is some junk food.

The best Biryani is Hyderabad in all aspects not Lucknow or kolkotta

Kolkata Dam Biryani is the best biryani.

I have tasted biryani at Hyderabad, Lucknow and Kolkata. The Hyderabad biryani is the best. Their flavour, taste and preparation can't match with any other place. Infact, the so called biryani at Lucknow and Kolkata is just like a mutton or chicken pulav.

Calcutta biryani or Bongoli boryoni?
Offcourse Bill Clinton, Obama, and other top people preferred to eat Bongoli boryani. Even if you go international level you will find Bongoli boryani.Global village exhibition Dubai , the stalls of Bongoli boroyani not Hyderabadi Biryani. Lol

What kind of stupid comment is that. If you cannot put across your opinion without insulting another person, please go back to school and learn. There is nothing funny or dignified or LOL about your comment. I am a Maharashtrian but had to respond to your disgusting comment.

Champaran meat is best.

The thought of potato in Britain simply disgusts me

I am a hotelier I have traveled all over India and I have studied both in Kolkata and Hyderabad. The best biryani I enjoyed was in Bangalore unfortunately nobody is talking about it. Please try biryani at Taj hotel in Shivajinagar.It is awesome saffron flavoured biryani with 600 grammes meat and 400 grammes rice per kilo.

Hyd biryani s best...Kolkata biryani is nt like biryani yet all...my kolkata frnds love my handmade hyderabadi biryani....

Pulao all the way

Lucknow is famous for its Pulao not Biryani it is much refined form of Biryani witch is full of aroma and taste and is the best ever meat and rice combination.
Noting much to tell just taste it once and you will be its fan.

I pity all those who are fighting here. Being from central part of India and of all the biryanis I ever ate till date, Hyderabadi Biryani stands out for its authentic taste. No offence to Kolkata or Lucknowi biryani as they are special in their own way and a twist to the authentic recipe. All around the globe majority of ppl connect to Hyderabad first when asked about biryani and hence the geo-tagging. Hope this helps everyone here.

I have eaten Hyderabadi biryani, kerala biryani, Bangalore biryani, chennai biryani, lucknawi biryani, kashmiri biryani, delhi biryani,moradabadi biryani but no one..i repeat no one can beat kolkata biryani in taste...

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