The much-loved Hyderabadi biryani is likely to burn a hole in your pocket, thanks to the return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan.
The famed biryani, which is prepared with a variety of exotic spices and dry fruits, is soon going to become a costly affair as the Taliban has stopped all import and export of goods with India after seizing Kabul.
The Islamic fundamentalist group has suspended the movement of all forms of cargo through transit routes in Pakistan, thereby stopping all imports from the war-ravaged country.
This has led to the rise in prices of dry fruits sold in India. As reports suggest, India imports around 85 per cent of its dry fruits from Afghanistan.
Dr Ajay Sahai, Director General of Federation of Indian Export Organisation has expressed concern in this regard and mentioned that the organization is monitoring the Afghanistan situation.
It goes without saying that with soaring dry fruits prices, the increase in the price of Hyderabadi biryani cannot be ruled out.
Sahai said that the trade routes do not ope, the prices of the existing dry fruit stock will shoot.
The prices of walnuts, apricots and almonds from Afghanistan had steadily risen over the past few days in New Delhi's Khadi Bawari, which is the biggest dry fruit market.
Hyderabadi biryani, also known as Hyderabadi dum biryani, is a style of biryani from Hyderabad, made with basmati rice and goat meat and cooked with the dum pukht method.
Originating in the kitchens of the Nizam of Hyderabad, it combines elements of Hyderabadi and Mughlai cuisines. Almonds, figs, raisins, cashews and pistachios among other dry fruits, and a wide assortment of spices that mostly come from Afghanistan are used in the preparation of Hyderabadi biryani.