< BACK Lucknowi or Hyderabadi - Who is the King of all Biryanis?
“Good evening, and welcome to tonight's match-up, which promises to be a classic. The viewers...erm.. tasters are in for a treat!”
“In the red corner, from Lucknow, the grand old city of the Nawabs, lightly stepping into the ring with its smooth aromatic flavours, the undisputed champion of the hearts, and stomachs of the people of North India…. Lucknowi Biryani! And in the blue corner, from the citadel of the Nizams, storming into the ring with rich, robust flavours, the darling of Andhra Pradesh, and the rest of South India… Hyderabadi Biryani!”
“This friendly food rivalry between the North and South over which biryani is better, has been burning through the ages, and we’re here to see if we can settle the debate once and for all.”
"LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!”
“The bell sounds… and we’re off! The biryanis are sizing each other up."
"Lucknowi Biryani is a purist, sticking to its Persian roots, and its Pukki Biryani school of prep. The meat and rice are first cooked separately and then layered and baked."
"Hyderabadi Biryani on the other hand, is a little unorthodox. From the Kutchi Biryani heritage, the meat and rice are marinated separately, raw, and then sealed in a vessel, with the rice above the meat mixture, and cooked over low heat.”
“Even with varied techniques, they both have their strengths, and at the end of Round 1, it’s neck and neck!”
“Round 2, and both biryanis have unleashed their spice artillery. Lucknowi Biryani, with its sweet aroma mixture of Rose, Kewra, and lightly spiced meats, seems to be getting the upper hand, but Hyderabadi Biryani fights back with its strong South Indian palate of spices, almost knocking Lucknowi Biryani over!"
“Round 3. Hyderabadi Biryani goes first, showing off its spiced yoghurt flavoured aromatic rice. The Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice has absorbed, and complemented the spices and yoghurt beautifully. Hyderabadi Biryani has the upper hand… for now!"
"But what’s this? Lucknowi Biryani hits back, with its delicious meat broth flavoured rice. Oh wait, Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice is its secret weapon too! These loooong grains, the longest Basmati grains in the world, have taken on the meat and spice mix perfectly, lifting the dish to the next level.”
“And that’s the end of the fight, ladies and gentlemen! The judges lick their fingers, wipe off their mouths, and tally their scores. This is going to be one tough decision! So tough in fact, that the judges have put down their spoons, and decided to call it a TIE!”
"Whichever side you’re on in The Great Biryani Debate, one thing all of us would agree on is that when a biryani is prepared with love and care, using Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice, the results are magical!"
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