Biryani is NOT yours.

Biryani is made from rice. Rice DOES NOT even grow in original Mughal homeland.

The word Biryani is NOT Arabic, Persian or Turkic. It originally comes from a Sanskrit word borrowed by Persian.

Why should WE boycott it?

Ek Toh Chori Upar Se Seenazori ?
The Persian word 'Biryani' is comes from Persian 'Birinj' for rice.

Now, this word is NOT FOUND in Old Persian. It suddenly occurs in Middle Persian.

According to Mayrhofer's "Etymological Dictionary Of Old Indo Aryan", the word Birinj comes from Sanskrit word vrīhí (व्रीहि). Image
The word "Biryani" DOES NOT appear until 17th century.

It is ABSENT in all the older records.

Ain I Akbari (16th century) describes the preparation of a dish known as Zard Birinj (yellow rice) which could be seen as a precursor to Biryani. Image
Zard Birinj (Yellow rice) was made of rice mixed with spices which were NOT AVAILABLE in Middle East or Central Asia.

It was originally vegetarian. But some varieties also added meat to the dish.

Clearly, Zard Birinj developed from ancient Indian Haridranna (हरिद्रान्न)
In fact, the word 'Zard Birinj" is a straight translation of "Haridranna"

Sanskrit हारिद्र (haridra) means "Yellow". In Persian, Zard (زرد) means "Yellow". "Anna" generally means rice in Sanskrit and "Birinj" is rice in Persian

By straight translation, Zard Birinj= Haridranna ImageImage
The FIRST unambiguous mention of Biryani comes from Nuskha-i-Shahjahani in 17th century. It was made in the kitchens of INDIA which has access to spices.

This is NOT surprising. Biryani IS MADE OF rice and spices which could be found only in India (or South East Asia)
Mughals were originally speakers of Chagatai language, which is a Turkic language belonging to Altai family .

Which means Altai mountains in West Mongolia is their ultimate origin( Whence they migrated to Central Asia & later India).

Rice DOES NOT grow in this Altai region Image
In the last 10-15 years, they have made attempts to cultivate rice in Mongolia using modern technology.

The enterprise has largely not been successful

mongoliaeconomy.blogspot.com/2016/03/mongol…
At any rate, the FIRST mention of Biryani comes ONLY in 17th century.

This was centuries after Mughals entered India.

This straightly disproves the claim that "Mughals brought Biryani to India"
PS: The best quality of Biryani is made from Basmati rice, which is grown ONLY in the Indian subcontinent. Not Arabia or Mongolia
Now I examine the claim that "Mughals brought Biryani to India" with textual sources.

In this respect, data from Baburnama is extremely valuable as a contemporary Mughal source for geographical and botanical data

To begin with, What was India ('Hindustan') during those days?
In Baburnama, Hindustan begins from the East of Kabul.

When Mughal emperor Babur reached Lamghan (Laghman), Ningnahar (Nangarhar) and Adinapur (Jalalabad) which are towns to east of Kabul in today's Northeast Afghanistan

Babur declared that he reached the border of Hindustan. ImageImage
"Other grounds, other trees, other animals, other manners & customs" is how Babur describes difference between Hindustan and Central Asia

The North/West of Kabul was known as "Khurasan" & wasn't part of Hindustan.

Kabul & Qandahar were entrepots between Hindustan and Khurasan Image
With this background in place, let us examine the evidence from Babur's mouth.

Throughout Baburnama, Babur DOES NOT mention rice when he was in Central Asia. He mentions other crops and cereals but rice is completely ABSENT.

What to say of Biryani?
The FIRST mention of rice farming in Baburnama occurs AFTER Babur enters Hindustan.

He mentions that good crops of rice and corn were cultivated in Nangarhar, a place which Babur describes as "borderland of Hindustan" ImageImage
Next, we are told that Rice was grown on "steep terraces" in the Nur valley of Laghman (today's Northeast Afghanistan) in the Hindukush mountains, which was again considered a part of Hindustan

Today, these regions are Afghan Pak borderlands Image
Then, the Mughal army conducted a night raid and looted rice fields of "Mil Kafirs".

These were the Nuristani and Chitrali Kalash Kafirs of Hindukush mountains.

They put up a brave resistance and fought the Mughal army. Image
To conclude,

Mughals DID NOT bring Biryani to India.

Far from it. They did not even have natively cultivated rice. Rice could not be grown in their homelands in those days.

They first encountered rice fields in Hindustan and looted those rice fields during night raids
To all the dunderheads talking potatoes, tomatoes and Chilles.

There were NO potatoes, tomatoes and Chilles in the Mughalai Biryani of Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb.

There is no mention of these ingredients in Nuskha I Shahjahani Biryani
Some of the ingredients of Vada Pav could have been imported from outside.But Vadapav is Indian because the recipe was created in India.

Likewise, Biryani is Indian because it was created in India. The Mughals DID NOT bring any Biryani recipe with them.

This is elementary logic

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