Kolkata Biryani History

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and those who don't even know about Kolkata are addicted to Kolkata's biryani and you will be amazed that the royal food biryani invented by the Mughals has taken on such a new color in a city like Kolkata. 

Kolkata biryani

Kolkata Biryani

How did it become famous Kolkata Biryani?

The history of Kolkata Biryani dates back to the 19th century. In 1856, the British snatched his kingdom from the last Nawab of Odh, Wajid Ali Shah, and annexed it to the British colony.

Nawab Sahib was convinced that his kingdom would be regained. For this purpose, he sent his family to petition the Queen of Britain, but after the failure of the War of Independence in 1857, Nawab Sahib was captured by the whites and taken to Fort William. Imprisoned for 26 months.

On his release from prison, Nawab Sahib was allowed to choose any part of India for his residence, on which Wajid Ali Shah chose a place near Kolkata and built his new house in the style of his old palace. Separate roofs, zoos, gardens, etc., and a large royal kitchen were built for pigeon-flying and kite-flying.

The royal kitchen was built but there was no royal expense to run it, so gradually when the Nawab ran out of money, the royal cook started cooking eggs and potato curry instead of meat to save money. And from here the Kolkata Biryani with eggs and potatoes was born.

Manzilat Fatima, the great-granddaughter of Nawab Wajid Ali, told a newspaper in an interview that the only difference between the Kolkata Biryani and the Mughal royal biryani was the potato. When Nawab Sahib came to Kolkata, he did not have that much money. A few years after coming to Kolkata, potatoes were introduced in biryani to increase the amount of food, and then these potatoes became popular.

Nawab Sahib's cooked potato biryani was so popular in taste that it became a favorite dish of biryani enthusiasts all over the subcontinent from Kolkata to Karachi. Kolkata became known as Biryani.

If you ever agree to go to Kolkata, you will definitely eat Arsalan Biryani, Odh Biryani, Aminiya, and Alibaba Restaurant Biryani so that you can enjoy Nawab Sahib's cooked biryani.

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