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Rice and the history of biryani; one dish that conquered the world!

Season 5, Ep. 5


Rice is a very ancient food…People ate rice perhaps from 12000 BCE gathered with other seeds and nuts. Today every third person on earth eats rice every day in one form or another. Rice is grown on about 250 million farms in 112 countries.

But one dish more than any other, defines the global reach of rice and how it is claimed by many nations and has a deep, complex history: Biryani!

From Persian "birinj biriyan" - literally, fried rice, to the Mughal Empire and an old Mughlai recipe from Shah Jahan's kitchen, to subtle pulaos that let the fragrance and flavour of highly aromatic rice shine through and would have been considered more refined and fit for a king there's a rich cultural trail to follow in todays exploration of one of my favourite rice dishes!


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