Influences of the various dynasties that ruled this country and use of the local ingredients and spices have created a spectacular cuisine in each part of the country. The same is true even of Hyderabad, which borrowed heavily from the Persians and Mughals, added the local flavours and evolved a distinctive cuisine. One of the most popular dishes of Hyderabadi cuisine is the Biryani. This tour explores the many regional and subtle foreign influences that make this dish so special. You can weave your way through Hyderabad’s many biryani hubs and see the huge ‘handis’ of fragrant rice and secret combinations of meat and spices that beguile the senses. Or you could choose to get cooking lessons from experts and end the day with a meal of Biryani with one of the traditional families in Hyderabad. Biryani has been an integral part of the Indian cuisine from the palaces of the sultans to the small back alleys in the most remote villages.