Hyderabad, famous for the Nawabi culture and the flavors and aromas of Biryani is a colorful combination of then and now. It carries the legacy if the past in perfect amalgamation with the ever changing world of today.
The culture of Hyderabad which is particularly known as the Deccan Tehzeeb is far from the culture of north and south.
The geographical location and the fact that Hyderabad was ruled by different dynasties have helped carve out the present culture.
The Hijab and the Burqa are very much a part of the culture of Hyderabad.
Language is a distinct feature of the people of Hyderabad. The classic ‘nakko’ and ‘hau’ which have replaced the ‘nahi’ and ‘haan’ of Urdu give a clear indication that you are in Hyderabad.
Food in Hyderabad
Food is an important part of any culture and you get the idea of the culture by the food that people have. Hyderabad has always been famous for its food. Hyderbabadi cuisine is deeply influenced by Persian and Mughlai cuisine. The use of spices and herbs is also on the higher side, because Mughlai and Persian food is spicy and tangy.
The Muslim influence has worked magic over the years and today Hyderabadi Biryani is famous all over the world. The most common preparation method for Hyderabadi cuisine is ‘Dum’ which means sealing the utensil with dough and slow cooking it over fire.
Some of the most famous dishes of Hyderabadi cuisine include Biryani, Haleem, Mirchi ka Salan and Bhagare Baingan. Double ka meetha which is bread pudding is a classic dessert in Hyderabad
The structures like the Osmania University, Osmania general hospital and the High Court have depict medieval Mughal architecture.
Festivals in Hyderabad
In Hyderabad, Id is celebrated with the same zeal and fervor as is Ganesh Chaturthi. People respect each other’s cultural and religious beliefs and that’s what makes Hyderbabdi culture a great learning example. Caste, religion or ethnicity has never proved to be a hindrance in the festivities in the city of Nawabs.
Preserving the heritage and culture in this age of modernization should be learnt from the people of Hyderabad.