Tracing The Origin Of Biryani Biryani is a classic dish that needs no introduction. However, a key fact most biryani lovers do not know is that despite its various local varieties, the dish did not originate in India. And there are different theories related to its origin. One legend states that Biryani was brought to India by the Turk-Mongol conqueror, Taimur, in 1398. Another legend is that the dish was brought to the southern Malabar coast of India by Arab traders and was known as Oon Soru in Tamil literature. However, the most popular story traces the dish's origins to Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan. It is said that Mumtaz once visited the army barracks and found the Mughal soldiers looking undernourished. She asked the chef to prepare a special dish that combined meat and rice to provide balanced nutrition to the soldiers. Sounds interesting? Share it now! And follow Masalabox for more exciting food content!