The word ‘biryani’ came from Parsi word ‘birian’. Biryani is named after its unique cooking style. Persian word ‘biriyan’ means frying the materials before cooking. Biryani is one such dish that is cooked in low flame by sealing the larger utensils after arranging all the ingredients in layers. If one start tracing the origin of the biryani then they would not that it was started in Iran in medieval time. Some would say that it is an Arabian dish, brought in India by Mughals and Afghans. No matter what the origin is, it is an enriched dish culturally.
Now, the question is how often you should have biryani. Is it healthy to eat biryani every week or should you eat in a time interval of months? Before going into that conversation, let’s just see which ingredients is must-have for biryani and what going into your stomach when you grab a plate of biryani.
The key ingredients for biryani making would be basmati rice, meat, ghee or refined oil, yogurt or Greek yogurt, vegetables (for veg biryani).
Now, comes the most important part, which making of biryani masala. It is that amalgamation of spices that brings the fragrance, making the dish worthwhile. The usage of Indian spices like cardamom, turmeric powder, rose water, saffron, pepper, cloves- is the essence of biryani. Top Indian restaurant in Singapore hires professional chef from India and use only imported spices from India to make it taste authentic and close to the roots.
As a health expert, who likes to be fit and maintained, you might be concern about your biryani intake no matter how much you are in love with the food. As it is high in calories, it will be advisable to have a plate biryani twice a month maximum (not more than that). The top Indian restaurants in Novena serve biryani both meat and veg with high-value protein intake. But, it is mentionable that the Indian spices not just make your biryani tasty, but they have certain health benefits too, as in the keep the sugar level intact, maintain heart rate, blood pressure. It is not possible to have those spices simply dry; you must have them with food like biryani or meat.
Let’s look at the chart of nutritional value intake per plate biryani.
- Average vegetable intake: 130 calories per 100gms. Fat content – 10gms (based on oil usage)
- Average chicken intake: 300 calories per 100gms. Fat content – 20 to 40gms (based on oil type)
- Rice: 200 calories per 100gms.
- Fat content: 7gms
So, next time before you grab a plate of biryani, do not just think about your diet plans and healthy routine. Nevertheless, it is fine to dine in a restaurant sometimes with hot plate biryani. This cuisine not only makes full of your gluttony but also fulfil your heart’s desire.
But if you are diabetes, thyroid, obesity or Pcod patient then you should avoid eating biryani. After all, nobody wants their tummies to go bulging.