Dhakaiya Profession

Biriyani Cook

Posted in Biriyani by rrasheeka on March 3, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Biryani, biriani, or beriani is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and meat/vegetables. The name is derived from a persian word which if translated means ‘fried’ or ‘roasted’. It is a very popular dish in Bangladesh. Biriyani can found all over Dhaka but the best biriyani is found in Old Dhaka. This is because it was brought by Muslim rulers to this continent. As they settled in Old Dhaka, their cooks settled there too. Today, there are many food places in Old Dhaka which specialises in biriyani and people from all over Dhaka go there only to have biriyani.

Cooking is an art. And the biriyani-makers are brilliant artists. Each biriyani-maker has mastered this art from anothr biriyani-maker. They have a guru (teacher) who teaches them how to cook biriyani. The biriyani-makers income is quite satisfactory and they usually lead a good life. They do not work independently. They are usually hired by the owners of food places and they are highly valued in the places in which they work.