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If you are one of those people who plan their travel schedule around food stops and restaurants, these Culinary Detours are cooked up just for you. Explore the food markets, understand this region's food history and even participate in some of the cooking. You can customise your Detours to include hole-in-the-wall restaurants which the locals swear by or choose to dine in royal comfort or in a simple home. Whatever your choice, these Detours are sure to be a gastronomic delight!
The Biryani Detour
Food for the kings- Biryani has been an integral part of Indian cuisine from the palaces of the sultans to the small back alleys in the most remote villages. This detour explores the many regional and subtle foreign influences that make this dish so special. We will weave our way through Hyderabad's many biryani hubs and see the huge handis of fragrant rice and secret combinations of meat and spices that beguile the senses. End the day with a traditional meal of Biryani served in antique, royal crockery or in a simple Hyderabadi home.

This Detour lasts about three hours. You could also choose to combine this with some of our other detours.

The Andhra Spice Detour
India is both the largest producer and consumer of chillies in the world. It is no wonder then, that the food of Andhra, where most of these chillies come from, tops the country's spiciness list as well. Learn about the chillies of the region, see how they're sold and end the tour cooking up a chilli-inspired feast for yourself - just as hot as you want it.

Including cooking lessons, this Detour lasts about four hours. You could also choose to combine this with one of our other Detours.

The Hyderabadi Vegetarian Detour
If you thought that Hyderabadi cuisine was just about meat, you couldn't be more wrong! The secret vegetarian delights of a Hyderabadi home kitchen are revealed on this Detour. Enjoy the homemade delicacies with a traditional Hyderabadi family and watch how humble vegetables transform into gourmet delights with the help of subtle spices and of course, a generous dash of culinary magic!

This Detour lasts about three hours. You could also choose to combine this with some of our other detours.

The Indian Vegetarian Detour
No other country can rival the variety and ingenuity of India's vegetarian cuisine. From local home-cooked delicacies of greens cooked with lentils to the 'food for gods' - pure temple food in a southern village of lemon or yoghurt rice, the flavors and art of transforming vegetables into delectable dishes remains unparalleled. Experience the chaos of the vegetable and fruit markets and get to know the evolution of Indian vegetarian cuisine. And yes, apart from ending with a great meal, you will go back home with a bunch of simple recipes and techniques. Consider this a tasty crash course in India's vegetarian tradition!

Including cooking lessons, this Detour lasts about four hours. You could also choose to combine this with another of our Detours.

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