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Layers of Influence: Uncovering the Origins of Biryani

  • Museum of Food and Drink 62 Bayard Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 United States (map)

Did you know that biryani, the now-popular staple of Indian restaurants across the world, was once associated with royal families? Layered with rice, meat, marinade, and spices, this aromatic, one-pot dish actually has a history as complex as its flavor.

Join Noor Shams as she traces the origins and many variations of biryani across the Indian subcontinent. Follow the aromas to MOFAD, and learn about the ingredients, techniques, and influences that have shaped this popular dish as we know it today.

Come learn to about the dish's variations and then stay to taste a few!

This program is part of our Lab's Lab series.



Originally from Bangladesh, Noor grew up living across Dhaka, Moscow, Seoul, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, & Los Angeles before moving to New York. She is an international development consultant, with a decade of prior experience working with Grameen, the United Nations and various non-profit organizations. With deep passion in South Asian cuisines, Noor owns a food blog and supper club, NoorieBoorie, through which she highlights Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, and globally inspired cuisine.