Folks who claim that Biriyani's name is not Persian are the same ones who claim that Nimbu Mirchi (Lemon Chillies) is a part of Bharatiya Tradition since Vedic Times.

But Chillies arrived in India just 400 years ago, they were brought to Asia by Portuguese Navigators.

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Potato, Tomato, Tapioca, Groundnuts, Rubber, Corn, Papaya, Pineapple, Guava, Avocado, Feni (liquor), Rajma, Pav, Cashew, Chikoo, Capsicum, Tea and Chilli.

Everything arrived in India 100-400 years ago. (introduced by the Portuguese, British and Dutch)
The Rajma Chawal or the Tea Or the Pav Bhaji or the dish with Tomato - Potato are all foreign.

Be Careful when you induce Nationalism into Food.

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