Biryani is a dish, that has always been considered as the food for the royal classes, prepared by khansamas in large quantities, biryanis were meant to be eaten together. An interesting story traces the origins of the dish to Mumtaz Mahal (1593-1631). It is said that once she visited the army barracks, and to mark the occasion of her visit the khansama was directed to prepare a special dish which provided balanced nutrition to all. The khansamas worked for 2-3 days and prepared a wholesome, flavourful dish which consisted of meats, vegetables and rice… and thus, Biryani was born. Over a period of time it became one of the most sought after dishes, each khansama preparing it in his own unique style.