The word “biryani” comes from the Persian word “birian,” which means “fried before cooking.” One could conclude that the biryani originated in Iran (modern-day Persia). Another exciting story traces the origins of the dish to Mumtaz Mahal(1593-1631), Shah Jahan’s queen, who inspired the Taj Mahal. Mumtaz once visited army barracks and found the army personnel under-nourished. She asked the chef to prepare a special dish that provided balanced nutrition, and thus biryani is now everyone’s favorite.
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