Thursday, August 9, 2012

Its festive time with Id-ul-Fitr less than two weeks away. The main preparation for the festival is Sheer Korma and the primary ingredient is the vermiclli. The three brothers live together and engage themselves in making them. With their deft fingers they work the magic and in a matter of minutes they convert a lump of well kneaded dough into strings and leave them to dry. After about 5-7 minutes, a handful of these strings are then rolled and arranged into a swirl to be sold later.

Read more about the brothers and their trade here

Excerpt from wiki: – Sheer khorma or Sheer khurma (شيرخرما, literally “milk with dates” in Urdu) is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims onEid ul-Fitr in Pakistan,India and Bangladesh. It is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast, and a dessert for celebrations. Sheer (شير), isPersian for milk and khurma(خرما) is Persian for dates. This dish is made from dried dates.

This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

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Monday, August 6, 2012
More street food delights from the streets of Hyderabad

More street food delights from the streets of Hyderabad

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The gastronomical pleasures from the Hyderabadi streets!

The gastronomical pleasures from the Hyderabadi streets!

Saturday, February 25, 2012
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The tomb is all that remains of the Kalyani Nawab ki Devdi. The ornate arches, colourful tile work , delicate stucco surround the  filigree-worked marble grave which lies amidst many other graves would most certainly remind one of the Paigah tombs.

Kalyani Nawab hailed from Kalyani in Bidar and came to Hyderabad in the late 18th century. His residence was known as Kalyani Nawab Ki Devdi and he was buried in the same residence when he died, so the place also came to be known as Maqbara Kalyani Nawab.

Incidentally this site was also the birthplace of the Kalyani Biryani, a biryani supposedly made out of beef and equally aromatic and palatable and available at less than half the cost. The devdi served two meals a day to guests (from their estates in Kalyani) who were staying in Hyderabad. When fortunes dwindled and the expenses soared the recipe for the biryani was modified without the knowledge of the Nawab and is still well know today.

Never ceases to amaze me how there are so many tales waiting to be told in these lanes and bylanes!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A study of the architectural details of the Iqbal-ud-Dowla Devdi

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The images here are taken in and around the heritage monument the Khurshidjah Baradari, known more for the playground and cricket club than its history and heritage.

Although it is called a Baradari, the twelve doors aren’t present. Instead you see eight iconic  imposing pillars supporting the pediment , reminiscent of the Residency.  It is also known as Devdi of Nawab Khurshidjah Bahadur. [ A devdi is  a noble mansion where the noblemen of Hyderabad lived. They comprised of grand halls, serene courtyards, and vast spaces] The courtyard of this monument is said to have a star-shaped fountain, and to the west stands the Ishrat Mahal which was used as a court room.  The mansion was designed by Khurshid Jah’s grandfather, Shams-ul-Umara Amee-c-Kabir and on his death was completed by Khurshid Jah’s father.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011