Hyderabadi cuisine is a rich medley of various delicacies. Hyderabad's long history which has influenced its culture, traditions, and epicurean habits is truly fascinating for all history nerds. The cuisine is majorly influenced by Mughal, Arabic, and Turkish along with the touch of the native Telugu and Marathwada cuisines. The historical land is filled with some of the most lip-smacking non-vegetarian dishes, which are adored by everyone for its rich intricacies. We all know the toothsome Hyderabadi Biryani, and perhaps it doesn’t need an introduction for its richness, right? Just like any droolworthy cuisine, Hyderabadi cuisine also has a legion of scrumptious desserts. Qubani-ka-Meetha or Khubani Ka Meetha is a quintessential dessert of Hyderabad. This traditional sweet treat makes a regular appearance at every auspicious festivity and no Hyderabadi wedding is complete without it. The name of the dessert derives from Urdu language, which loosely translates to- ‘Qubani’ meaning ‘apricot’, and ‘Meetha’ meaning ‘sweet’.

Qubani-ka-Meetha is prepared with dried apricots, which are deseeded and soaked overnight. Then it is sedulously cooked in sugar and water until the apricots turn soft and mushy. The final product is mashed to perfection and is lastly served with a heaping layer of sweetened custard.

We all know apricots are not native to India. While apricot existed in India courtesy the various trade routes. The pronounced use of these dry fruits happened after Mughal came to India. As per the legends, the founder of Mughal Empire Babur was loved apricots and wanted them to be part of his daily meal. This is when his royal chefs began to use apricots abundantly in his menu. Apricots were quite expensive and were considered as a thing of luxury that only nobles could afford. Hence, it was given the name "golden egg of the sun.”  Qubani-ka-Meetha is believed to have originated from the royal kitchens of the Mughal.

This royal dessert has survived centuries and is still considered as a rich delicacy for its flavoursome combination.