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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Hyderabad is complete without tasting the traditional Hyderabad food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Hyderabad to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Butter Garlic Prawn: whole prawns batter fried and seared with garlic, chilli peppers, butter and green onion.
  • Chicken 65: is a spicy, deep-fried chicken dish popular in South India, as a bar snack, entree, or quick snack.
  • Chota Samosa: a crispy, onion-filled small samosa.
  • Dahi chutney: curd or Yoghurt (not sweet) mixed with onions,Corriander,Pudina and green chillies.
  • Dahi Vada: an Indian chaat, prepared by soaking vadas in thick yogurt (dahi).
  • Egg Bhurji: is a common and favorite breakfast dish in Hyderabad.
  • Lacha Paratha: layered Indian bread.
  • Lukhmi: is a typical mince savoury or starter of the cuisine of Hyderabad.
  • Masala Papad: an Indian appetizer‏.
  • Salan: chilli curry.


  • Rasam: a clear tangy tomato tamarind based south Indian soup flavored with pepper and curry leaves.
  • Tomato Dal: Daal Tomato, Tomato Pappu, Dhal Tadka, soup made from lentils and tomatoes.
  • Tomato Saar: a popular tomato soup with blend of coconut milk and spices.


  • Aloo Channa Chat: salad made with boiled chickpeas and potatoes topped with tamarind and mint chutney.
  • Kale Salad: is tasty when it's blanched and tossed with a lemon–olive oil dressing and olives.
  • Kosambari: is a salad made from pulses (split legumes) and seasoned with mustard seeds.
  • Raita: yogurt salad.

Main courses


  • Adhirasam: they are similar in shape to vadai, but are not savoury and are eaten as a dessert.
  • Ariselu: made from rice flour, ghee and jaggery.
  • Double ka meetha: or Shahi Tukra, bread pudding topped with dry fruits.
  • Gajar ka Halwa: carrot halwa.
  • Gil e firdaus: is a thick Kheer made of milk and Seviyan.
  • Kesari Bhath: is a perfect dessert for any occasion as well as a tea time snack.
  • Khaja: is sweet made from Refined wheat flour, sugar and edible oils.
  • Kozhakkattai: is a popular Indian sweet dumpling made from rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery.
  • Malida: a traditional dish in many Muslim feasts and celebrations.
  • Osmania Biscuit: a nice, soft tea biscuit, gets its name after last ruler of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan.
  • Qubani ka meetha: is an Indian dessert made from dried apricots originating from Hyderabad.
  • Sheer korma: is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast, and a dessert for celebrations.
  • Unni appam: is a small round sweet rice cake made from rice.
  • Vermicelli Payasam: made with milk, vermicelli, nuts and dry fruits.

Fast food

Street food

  • Boti Kabab: minced meat delicacy.
  • Kati roll: also known as Kathi Roll, Kathi Kebab; is any filling rolled up in any kind of Indian flatbread.
  • Kuzhi paniyaram: made by steaming batter — traditionally made from pulses (specifically black lentils) and rice using a mould.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Falooda: made primarily by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli and tapioca pearls along with either milk or water.
  • Lassi: is a popular and traditional Punjabi yogurt-based drink.
  • Masala chai: literally "spiced tea".

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Bombay Sapphire: is a brand of gin distributed by Bacardi that was launched in 1987.
  • Cobra beer: an extra-smooth premium beer with an alcohol strength of 5% volume.
  • Kingfisher beer: is enjoyed in over 55 countries world wide.
  • Taj Mahal beer: is the beer for the serious connoisseur.

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