It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, the very mention of the word is enough to make you hungry. For those who love rice dishes, biryani is like heaven and even those who don’t fancy rice all that much make an exception for biryani. If you are gaga over biryani then this list is for you.

Here are 5 lip-smacking biryanis from different parts of India that are sure to make you hungry:

1. Lucknowi Biryani

This sumptuous dish is straight from the streets of Lucknow. The rice is cooked separately in garden-fresh spices and marinated chicken is added later. This technique brings out the right amount of flavour in the rice and chicken. The dish is a must try!

2. Hyderabadi Biryani

One of the most aromatic and savoury dishes, this biryani is is sprinkled with kewda, rose water and saffron. The rice is layered with golden fried onions, chillies, mint leaves and fiery chicken. This dish is best enjoyed with raita.

3. Kalyani Biryani

Also called the poor man’s Hyderabadi biryani, it is made of small chunks of buffalo meat. It doesn’t have the expensive ingredients of Hyderabadi biryani but it has the same richness and taste. It originated during the time of the Kalyani Nawabs in Hyderabad but after the nawabs went into decline, the illustrious cooks set up local stalls and started serving the local population.

4. Sindhi Biryani

This dish is unlike any other biryani. It is loaded with finely slit chillies, coriander, fresh mint and roasted spices. Goat meat with appetizing-thick curry is added to the rice. The dish is beautifully complemented with dry fruits, nuts and onion rings.

5. Memoni Biryani

This is an extremely spicy type of biryani that comes from the Gujarat-Sidh region. It is made with lamb, yogurt, fried onions and potatoes. Unlike regular Sindhi biryani, it uses very little tomatoes. There is also minimal use of food colouring so the the colour of this biryani is not orange and hence, allows the rich colour of the meat and the spices to take over.

6. Ambur Biryani

Ambur biryani has its origins in Tamil Nadu and hence, has a typical South Indian twist in its preparation. This unique meaty dish is prepared in dried chilli paste and whole spices. Brinjal masala is the perfect side-dish for this mouthwatering biryani.

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