Press Esc to close
Tuesday 02 September 2014
News updated at 7:37 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27°C
Min : 20°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

Soon, Hyderabadi biryani in London?

Hyderabad, Nov 28, 2012, (IANS) :
Hyderabadi biriyani / Wikipedia image

A business delegation from Britain currently visiting India loved the Hyderabadi biryani they had here and are now keen to see some food joints from the city selling the royal rice preparation and other delicacies in London.

Like all the visitors to this historic city, the British businessmen could not resist the temptation of having the famous Hyderabadi biryani - made of finest variety of rice cooked with mutton or chicken along with generous mix of spices.

Some Indian British in the delegation also see a good business potential for biryani and haleem (mostly available during Muslim holy month of Ramadan) and other royal dishes of Nizams (the rulers of erstwhile Hyderabad State) in London. Haleem is made by cooking minced meat with pulses, wheat and barley mixture.


With four million Asians, including two million Indians, London offers huge opportunity for those who can bring the real authentic Hyderabadi cuisine, Salil Patankar, a member of the delegation, told IANS.

Salil, who is managing director of ProActive Consultancy, a business consultancy, held talks with owners of Hyderabad House, which runs a chain of restaurants here and also plans to meet owners of Pista House, which made haleem famous in India and abroad, to take forward his proposal.

He pointed out that nobody from Andhra Pradesh or Hyderabad had ever taken the initiative to take authentic Hyderabadi food to London.

While there were hundreds of restaurants in London serving Indian food including biryani, Salil said, there is no restaurant claiming to sell Hyderabadi biryani in its entirety with Hyderabadi cuisine.

"There is a huge potential if there is a niche. There are Indian restaurants in every corner but something like Hyderabadi biryani and Kolhapuri mutton is missing. The market is huge as people need variety and different options," Salil said.

"What sells is princely taste. Nizam Shahi taste will sell in London and UK. Remember UK is a kingdom and queen is still the head of the state," he said.

Hyderabadi cuisine, a delightful mix of the Persian and the Mughlai, has a rich tradition with dishes prepared in enormous detail with a unique method, using a liberal dose of spices.

According to him, Pakistanis have successfully marketed their cuisine with the brand name Lahori restaurants.

Salil said while starting operations in Britain, the food joints will have to meet high standard of health, safety and hygiene.

He believes London has the best Indian food outside India. There are thousands of restaurants within M25 (a motorway surrounding London area) radius.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
President Pranab Mukherjee grants degree to a student at the 14th convocation of the University...

President Pranab Mukherjee grants degree to a student at the 14th convocation of the University...

Fireworks on the occasion of 410th installation anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy...

Fireworks on the occasion of 410th installation anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy...

Left Front activists take part in a rally to observe anti-imperialist day in Kolkata on...

Left Front activists take part in a rally to observe anti-imperialist day in Kolkata on...

Flood water flows through Srisailam dam after its four crest gates were opened in Kurnool on...

Flood water flows through Srisailam dam after its four crest gates were opened in Kurnool on...

BJP president Amit Shah during a visit to Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram on...

BJP president Amit Shah during a visit to Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram on...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio...

Actress & BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher speaks during a seminar on...

Actress & BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher speaks during a seminar on...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a toast during a banquet...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a toast during a banquet...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi prays in a temple during a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi prays in a temple during a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a village hut during a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli on...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a village hut during a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli on...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523