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Hyderabadi biryani fails to get GI tag

Saloni Mundra,

Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Its aroma, legend has it, is enough to make a person with a full belly hungry again. But a variant of the fabled Hyderabadi biryani, said to be a legacy of the Nizams after the recipe was first brought to Hyderabad by the invading army of Mughal ruler Aurangazeb, has failed to secure a Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Officials at the GI registry have held that the association of biryani makers, which applied for the tag, `Hyderabadi Biryani', did not provide historical data about its origin. The tag is given to a product to indicate its specific geographical location or point of origin. It ensures none other than those authorized are allowed to use the product name.