Signature Hyderabadi dishes get India Post stamps
Trademark Hyderabadi dishes biryani, baghare baingan, and seviyan have all made their way into India postage, with the Department of Post issuing stamps with photos of the same. The stamps come as a tribute to the rich, varied cuisine of Hyderabad, two months ahead of the 500th anniversary of the construction of the Golconda Fort. The stamps are part of a series comprising 24 Indian dishes.
Other dishes which made the list
The famous Tirupati laddu, as well as trademark South Indian dishes like idli, dosa, and pongal were also honored with exclusive postage stamps.
A very brief history of Hyderabadi cuisine
Hyderabadi cuisine was enriched by the Qutub Shahi dynasty, the Asaf Jahi dynasty, and Sufi saints. The Qutub Shahis and the Asaf Jahis brought with them Persian flavours, and the 'Khanaqah' of the Sufis brought their own recipes. The mixture of these recipes over the years gave Hyderabadi cuisine its unique flavor wherein dishes of Persian origin were turned native using local spices.
Hyderabadi cuisine has heavy Persian and Turkish influences
"Emperor Babar was credited with bringing biryani to North India. In the south, Qutub Shahis, who were of Iranian descent, introduced several Persian and Turkish dishes. The Asaf Jahis, who were influenced by Moghuls, added more dishes to Hyderabadi cuisine," said Hyderabad historian Dr. Saifullah.