The dictionary defines biryani as an “Indian dish made with highly seasoned rice and meat, fish, or vegetables”. While that is the perfect to-the-point definition, we believe there is a lot more than that to be able to do justice to this aromatic food wonder which we all so lovingly savour. As a tribute to the amazing dish, we have put together a list of 10 types of biryanis you must try in a lifetime. So let’s get started!

1. Hyderabadi Biryani

source: Garrett Ziegler from New York, United States

Inspired from the original Mughlai biryani and the local Andhra cuisine, Hyderabadi biryani is full of flavours and spices. If you happen to visit the South Indian city of Hyderabad any time soon, trying the Hyderabadi biryani is a must do on your itinerary.

2. Bombay Biryani


Bombay biryani is another one among the types of biryanis you must try. A tad sweeter than its counterparts from other cities, it is characterized by a good quantity of caramelized onions in it. Very flavourful and delicious!

3. Kolkata Biryani

What makes the Kolkata Biryani stand out from other types of biryanis is that it has potatoes in it, in addition to the conventional meat and rice combination. After India’s first war of independence in the year 1857, the Nawabs of Lucknow were exiled to Kolkata. And that is where this version of the biryani came to the fore.

4. Mughlai Biryani

If you want to enjoy authentic, original Mughlai biryani, then Delhi is the city to be in. Inspired from the Persian style of cooking, this one tastes as royal as you can imagine. Spicy and aromatic, Mughlai biryani is definitely one of the must-haves in the types of biryanis!

5.  Lucknawi Biryani

Move a little below Delhi and you will find the delicious Lucknawi biryani to gorge on. Comparatively low on spices as against the Mughlai biryani, this one from the city of Nawabs is delicious to the core.

6. Malabar Biryani

A special one from the Southern part of India, the Malabar biryani is majorly found in the state of Kerala. This one is made using deep-fried meat, and is low on spice content. Flavourful nevertheless, Malabar biryani is one of my personal favourites in the types of biryanis. 

7. Sindhi Biryani


Sindhi cuisine draws heavy inspiration from parts of Pakistan. Sindhi biryani, a product of the province of Sindh, is unique in a way that it relies on heavy amounts of yogurt while preparing the biryani. A different flavour from the conventional biryani, this is another one of the types of biryanis you must try.

8. Afghani Biryani

Get a taste of royalty with the Afghani biryani. Made using kesar (saffron) and loaded heavily with dry fruits, this one is a very rich variety of biryani.

9. Tahiri

Vegetarian lovers do not fret, for biryani which was synonymous with meat for so long, has many non-meat versions as well today. And Tahiri is one of them. Replace meat in the biryani with a heavy mix of vegetables, and Tahiri is ready.

10. Kacchi Biryani

As the name suggests, this one is made using raw meat. A speciality from Bangladesh, the Kacchi biryani is another one in the types of biryanis you must try.

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