Explore the 9 Hyderabad Dishes that you definitely need to try before you die. The regal charm of Hyderabad lies in its ability to seamlessly merge its hi-tech hub with its ancient heritage. By-lanes of Secunderabad, Charminar and Nampally are awash with pungent aromas that fuse typical Andhra cuisine with rich Nizam culinary offerings which includes Hyderabadi Breakfast, Hyderebadi Daily Dishes, Hyderabadi Nawabi Dishes. If you are on a food trail in the city, there’s cuppa Irani Chai and a buttery-soft Osmania biscuit waiting for you.

Here are 9 Hyderabad dishes that you definitely need to try before you die:

1) Hyderabadi Biryani @ Alhamdulillah

 Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabadi Biryani is a form of biryani, from Hyderabad, India. It is prepared in the form of kachay gosht ki biryani and dum ki biryani. The ingredients are basmati rice, goat or chicken meat, yogurt, onions, spices, lemon, saffron, coriander leaves and fried onions are used as a garnish. The preferred meat is a goat, but chicken or other meats are used in some variations.

  • Address: Door No.11-2-284, Beside Bismillah Hotel, Nampally Market Road, Mallepally, Aghapura, Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500001
  • Phone: +9193467 26931
  • Hours: 6AM–3AM

2) Hyderabadi Haleem @ Pista House

Hyderabadi Haleem

Haleem originated as an Arabic dish with meat and pounded wheat as the chief ingredients. It was introduced to Hyderabad by the Arab diaspora during the rule of the sixth Nizam, Mahbub Ali Khan, and later became an integral part of Hyderabadi cuisine. Traditionally, Hyderabadi Haleem is cooked on a low flame of firewood for up to 12 hours in a bhatti. One or two people are required to stir it continuously with wooden paddles throughout its preparation. The ingredients include meat, pounded wheat, ghee, milk, lentils, ginger and garlic paste, turmeric, spices such as cumin seeds,caraway seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, saffron, jaggery, natural gum, and dry fruits such as pistachio, cashew, fig and almond. It is served hot topped with a ghee-basedgravy, pieces of lime, chopped coriander, sliced boiled egg and fried onions as garnish.

  • Address: Shop No. 20-4-140, Charminar, Shalibanda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002.
  • Phone: +9193965 00786
  • Hours: 11AM–11:30PM

3) Nihari @ Shadab


Nihari is a stew consisting of slow-cooked meat mainly beef or lamb along with bone marrow. Nihari is cooked overnight in various vessels, sometimes even buried underground while it cooks overnight, which results in extremely tender morsels of meat, including the flavourful bone marrow.

  • Address: 21-1-140-144, Near High Court Road, Opp Madina Circle, Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500012.
  • Phone: 040 2456 1648
  • Hours: 5AM–2AM

4) Talawa Gosht @ Alhamdulillah

Talawa Gosht

The dish is a fried dish and ‘tala hua gosht’ or talawa gosht term is a Hindi version of mutton fry recipe. Talawa Gosht is most commonly dish made in Hyderabadi households. This dish is made by taking boneless mutton pieces and the mutton should be very fresh and cannot be made with bones attached to the mutton. Therefore, Talawa Gosht requires solid meat pieces cut into small cubes and no fatty white substance attached to it. The recipe is made by marinating pieces with dry spices and then shallow frying until crispy in oil.

  • Address: Door No.11-2-284, Beside Bismillah Hotel, Nampally Market Road, Mallepally, Aghapura, Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500001
  • Phone: +9193467 26931
  • Hours: 6AM–3AM

5) Lukhmi @ Alpha


Lukhmi is a typical mince savory or starter of the cuisine of Hyderabad. It is a local variation of samosa. The snack’s authentic preparation includes stuffing with mutton-mince kheema (ground meat). It is a non-vegetarian derivative of the samosa although, unlike the latter, the Lukhmi is shaped into a flat square patty.

  • Address: Opposite To Railway Station, Station Road, Secunderabad, 500003
  • Phone: 040 6649 5583
  • Hours: 4.45AM–11.45PM

9 Hyderabad Dishes That You Must Try Before You Die

6) Kebabs @ 4 Seasons


Kebabs are various Middle Eastern dishes originally based on grilled meat, and now with many variants. Kebab is a common dish, consisting of a skewer with small pieces of meat or seafood, together with vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Kebabs are customarily prepared in homes and restaurants and are usually cooked on a grill or barbecue.

  • Address: 9-4-77/3/D/4/5/6, Yousuf Tekri, Opp R.T.A. Office, Tolichowki, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008
  • Phone: 040 2356 3320
  • Hours: 12PM–12AM

7) Hyderabadi Khichdi @ Rumaan


Khichdi is a South Asian preparation made from rice and lentils (dal). Khichdi was the inspiration for the Anglo-Indian dish kedgeree and is also commonly considered to be the inspiration for the popular Egyptian dish, kushari. The dish is called “Khichdi, Kheema, Khatta” or another switch around versions of the previous, named after the three parts of the meal, Khichdi, Ground beef, and a sour sauce, made of tamarind and sesame. The Dish is commonly eaten with an omelet as well.

  • Address: Toli Chowki Cros Roads, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008
  • Phone: +9198858 40256
  • Hours: 5AM–12AM

8) Irani Chai @ Cafe Niloufer

Irani chai

Although the preparation of Irani tea is a secret affair and a tough nut to crack, we managed to get the exact ingredients.

  • Address: Red Hills Rd, Red Hills, Lakdikapul, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004
  • Phone: +9184668 68670
  • Hours: 5AM–11PM

9) Qubani Ka Meetha @ Bawarchi

Qubani Ka Meetha

Qubani ka Meetha is an Indian dessert made from dried apricots originating from Hyderabad. It is a common feature at Hyderabadi weddings. Dried apricots from Afghanistan are especially prized for their flavor. Qubani ka meetha is a very popular dessert of Hyderabadi cuisine. Preparation of the dish involves boiling apricots with syrup until they assume the consistency of a thick soup or compote. The dessert is topped with blanched almonds or apricot kernels, and is traditionally garnished with malai (extra thick cream), but also with custard or ice cream.

  • Address: RTC Cross Road, Chikkadpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500020
  • Phone: 040 2763 4490
  • Hours: 11.30AM–12AM