My first ever trip to Hyderabad had me bowled over. From crumbling
ruins, to sprawling malls, the city had everything. From being part of a firmly South Indian state ,it still
retained it’s North Indian roots.Biryani
may be synonymous to Hyderabad, but there is a Hyderabad beyond biryani as well. ]
Bits and parts of the city stands out, and
the Golconda fort is one such place. A sprawling fort cum palace which now lies
in ruins speaks of better times, when the Kohinoor diamond had been unearth
from its mines.
|golconda fort by night|
|the view from the Golconda fort , from old to the new.|
From the fort you can see the Old Hyderabad giving way to
the new Hyderabad with its very own version of the Silicon Valley.It amazes me
that people working 9 to 5 jobs, in a five working days a week can build such a
great industry. The IT people as we call it, make up a significant part of the
happy and happening crowd of Hyderabad.
|TGIF a hangout for '5 working days a week' people as well as those who enjoy a good time. this place had great happy hours offers.|
|bidcuits sold on the streets of old hyderabad|
|road side cart, old hyderabad|
A major happening place is Banjara hills in Hyderabad, which
is also home to some of the iconinc food places of Hyderabad.
One such place is Chutneys.
|Chutneys, at Banjara hills|
As the name suggests they specialize in South Indian cuisine and it’s a pure veg restaurant. We happened to go there on sankranti and were greeted with a cheerful decoration of kites, infact we went home with kitesas return gifts from the place as well.The place seems perpetually packed and we waited in there waiting room where the walls adorn the many awards that the restaurant has won, as if telling us, this place is worth the wait.
|the granular guntur idlis|
|an award winning eatery|
We ordered the famous Guntur idlis, which were a lot like the plain idlis with podi and oil smeared on it. I some how had expected more, something like the Guntur chicken, with a really spicy Andhra flavor. The Idlis were nice and soft. They are very unlike Madurai Idlis. Madurai Idlis are homogenous sponge like idlis, while the chutney’s ‘andhra style idlis’ were more granular. Much like the kinds we get in other parts of India like Bombay etc.
Of the dosas we ordered the mushroom dosa, baby corn dosa, which were good, the mango Dosa which was terrible and the steamed dosa served with honey which was interesting but frankly we were stuffed by then.
|the chutneys of chutneys|
|the chutneys at chutneys|
|steamed dosa with honey|
|the absolutely avoidable mango doas|
|happy sankranti,curtesy chutneys|
Of all the food we had, the chutneys were the most
memorable. We are served the chutneys on the table and can choose to taste as
many of them , as much as we want. The corn chutney was my favourite.
Another iconic food place is Karachi Bakery. Infact even
people who have never been to hyderbad know about Karachi bakery and it’s
biscuits. Now I have been a Karachi biscuits fan for a while, and I get my fix
from the local Reliance fresh store at Madurai itself, but still I really
wanted to see where these divine biscuits originate from.
|lopsided picture , but nevertheless famous|
In my mind I had envisioned an old brick and stone building
with stone floors, and flour dust over the counter tops, and smell of fresh
cookies in a high ceilinged building. An old world bakery, with dim lighting
and cracked glass counter tops. What greeted me was a glitzy new age shop with
biscuits in fancy packaging. Surprise of surprises, Karachi bakery is more than
just about biscuits! Gorgeous chocolate truffles, and exotic fruit and
chocolate cakes vied for my attention.
|The glitzy Karachi Bakery|
|the luscious fruit cake|
|delectable cakes,Karachi Bakery|
|chocolate truffles, Karachi Bakery|
And ofcourse cookies.
We tried the chocolate cookie which was obviously good. the oatmeal and
chocolate mix cookie was kind of too much of a good thing to actually work; you
expect the goodness of oats while you sin with chocolate, sounds great in theory
but it just didn’t make the mark. After practically trying all the flavors of
biscuits, my verdict is ‘ desh ki janta
janti hai.’ Yes the best biscuit is the fruit biscuits which are famous
throughout the country. After tasting all the biscuits in the shop I realized the
ones I buy of the counter at the Reliance shop in down south Madurai is the
best buy. The naan khatai was great, but then I have always been fond of Naan
The piece de resistance though was this mind blowing fruit cake
we had. It had vanilla sponge cake with white icing, on one side there was pomegranates,
and the cake had layers of diced apples, and topped of with an assortment of
fruits. Luscious lip smacking cake, and considering I am the chocolate cake
kinda girl, this is the first fulsome praise for a ‘non chocolate’ cake.
|sinfully good, Karachi Bakery|
The find of the day however were the Karachi liquor chocolates.
This is the first time I saw Desi liquor chocolates, sold over the counter,
wonder of wonders they weren’t even exorbitant. Move over Anthon bergs, here
comes Karachi chocolates! The chocolate however had a very mild liquor flavor,
the baileys one actually just tasted of caramel, but I will give extra points
for attempting Liqour chocolates to Karachi Bakery. They made great gifting
options and even better self devouring options.
Now I don’t know why they named Karachi bakery 'Karachi'. I
know this much that there is a Hyderabad in Pakistan too, and my google searches
inform me that at one time the Indian Hyderabad wanted to be part of Pakistan
as well , but by some great joy it was finally part of the India. I am just glad
we got to keep this Hyderabad coz even though we lost the Kohinoor diamond to
the British, Hyderabad still has many jewels worth treasuring.
special thanks to Amrita, Sudan and Pawan for being part of this foodie trail.
|lost world,Golconda, Hyderabad|
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Amazing article and nice pics!! I am also a huge fan of Chutney's restaurant and was a regular at the restaurant when i was in Hyderabad. It was the first restaurant i wrote about when i started by blog..(http://foodytraveller365.blogspot.in/2013/11/chutneys.html)ReplyDelete
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