In a viral image doing rounds online, a black banner of Ancient Hyderabad a restaurant located at Pune’s IT-hub Hinjewadi, making its customer aware about the 'Biryani Policy'.
Biryani with or without aloo has always been a debatable topic. But nobody actually knows what authentic biryani is because every state and region in India has got its own taste and claim of being authentic.
“I feel there is nothing called authentic Biryani. India accepts everything and makes it its own, every region in the country has made Biryani there own and every variation is delicious,” shared Amey Marathe, Head-Culinary, Paradise Food Court that is known for one of the best hyderabadi biryani all over the world.
This restaurant in Pune has come under social media scrutiny as it claims all types of biryani would be referred to as ‘Pulao’ other than ‘Hyderabadi’ biryani.
"Bombay and Pakistani Biryani henceforth will be strictly called as Mutton masala rice. Calling anything with aloo is illegal,” read the post.
“Rice is staple to any cuisine and is eaten in different forms all over the world be it Risottto or paella or okayo!! It’s an adaptation of localite by creating and giving them their own names!! We need to understand the difference between biryani and pulao!! While Biryani is cooked by draining method mostly while there are exception, pulao is cooked by absorption method!! Biryani is more fragrant to pulao!! The kolkatta biryani is created and made according to the local taste and is same for other biryani like malwani biryani, Kerala biryani etc!! It follows the same process as in Hyderabadi biryani!! In my opinion naming only Hyderabadi Biryani is biryani is wrong,” added Chef Nishant Choubey, Consulting Chef, Indus Bangkok (Michelin Plated).
It also began a war on social media, where some people claimed lucknowi biryani more delicious, citing hyderabadi biryani as over-rated and popular.