History of Pizza: Origins of A fast food legend

Pizza is a circular flat bread that oozes cheese, meat, sauces, and salads. That is such a basic and almost criminal description of arguably one of the most famous items in fast food and comfort foods. Whenever you talk about fast food pizza and burgers are the first food items that float up in our mind. But, whenever we speak about Pizzas, we get caught up in its taste and ingredients. But don’t you ever want to know what the pizza’s origins are? Where did the round flat bread originated? And how did today’s pizza come to be? Well, we will be answering these questions today, as we tell you about the origins and a brief history of Pizza!

The beginnings

The history of the pizza timeline is a bit longer than you may think. Pizzas are an ancient form of food. Flatbreads with toppings such as the modern pizza, were regular items in the food tables of Romans, Ancient Egyptians, and Greeks. But the modern or traditional pizza came into existence in the city of Naples. Naples is an Italian city in the Southwestern region. Here, in the 1700s , Naples city had a lot of working class people. As a waterfront city, these working class, poor people became a dense part of Naples City. The people here had a need to consume quick meals to get to their work quickly. So, around that time, the round flatbread with herbs, toppings, and small fish like anchovies became quite popular. Thus, Pizza was born. Small street vendors in Naples, sold these Pizzas to meet the needs of the blue collar Naples workers. 

King Umberto and Queen Margherita Helped Popularize the Pizza in other parts of Italy

After the unification of Italy in 1861, Their king at the time (Umberto the first), travelled with his queen to naples. They had had enough of their upper class French standard of food that they were being served during their travels. So, the king ordered his subjects to bring a mix of Pizzas from Naples. Queen Margherita enjoyed Pizza topped with soft white cheese called Mozzarella along with tomatoes and green basil. That certain Pizza was named Pizza Margherita from then on.

Progression

Lombardi’s was one of the first Pizza restaurants in New York.

After the origin of Pizza, the flatbread would be just popular within Italy. After the 1940s though, Italian Immigrants would come to the shores of the United States, because of the raging World War. The immigrants from Naples came to U.S cities such as Boston, St. Louis in Missouri, Chicago, New Haven, and of course, New York. Immigrants would make crusty reimaginings of the Naples pizzas. As immigrants got work as factory help, the eating habits spread like wildfire. Non-Italians were also falling in love with the many toppings, smells, and cheesy goodness of the Naples delicacy. In Manhattan, Gennaro Lombardi was the first vendor who registered as a Pizza store in Manhattan. It’s still in operation to this day. There were many other pizza places opening up in the U.S. like Pepe’s, Mario’s, etc. 

History of Pizza: The Present

After the 2nd World War, American industries spread across the world. Pizza had already been established as an American import, in spite of its Italian origins. It spread across the world. Even Pizza places opened up in Bangladesh. Domino’s, Pizza Hut spread across 60 countries and now Pizza is an international fast food. 

Now, you can order your favorite Pizza from Hungrynaki. Choose from our wide variety of restaurants and enjoy your favorite pizza slice!

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Hungrynaki Reviews: Chillox Burger

Chillox is one restaurant that has helped to usher in the new burger popularity in Dhaka. If you haven’t heard about Chillox Burger yet, then you’re in luck. Our Review breaks down the good and the bad. Our Ratings gives a good over view of what you should expect from Chillox Burgers.

There’s no denying the fact that burgers have become one of the essential comfort foods in Bangladesh. At one point in time, the burgers we ate were but a pale imitation of the ones we get to enjoy today. Just two bun slices with a patty made of onions, and if you were lucky you would get a cheese slice! Small bakeries used to sell burgers like this. But now, the burger game has changed for the better. Restaurants and Chains have brought the international burger to the forefront with their own unique recipes. Chillox brings that international flair to their menu. The menu for Chillox Burgers has a wide range of burgers.

You can check out more burger places and more of your favorites from Hungrynaki!

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A Basic Chicken Biryani Recipe

A pure Bangladeshi foodie knows the specialty of a  Biryani. Puran Dhaka has an iconic bond with Biryani, as many people connect the area with it. But in recent times, New Dhaka has also come up with new outlets to satiate the people’s never ending demand for a proper biryani. Biryani is one of the most popular comfort foods of Bangladesh. Now, if you can’t seem to go out (in the pandemic and lockdown, don’t risk it anyway!), and you can’t order your favorite biryani for some reason, we have your back! Here we have a basic chicken biryani recipe for you to whip up at your home. 

The Item: Chicken Biryani

While we are more than aware of the more famous mutton variant Kacchi Biryani, the Chicken Biryani variant is the second most popular variant in the Biryani family. Because, Chicken goes well with almost every rice dish! Biryani is no exception. Although the overall process is quite different from the kacchi variant. We will break down how you can cook for your family at your home.

Chicken Biryani Recipe Ingredients (Four Persons)

  • 500 Grams of Basmati rice
  • 1 Kg Chicken (Thighs and Breasts pieces Preferably)
  • 6 tablespoons of yoghurt
  • 2 and a half tablespoons of Ginger garlic Paste
  • Biryani Masala or Garam masala if biryani Masala isn’t available – 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon read chilly powder
  • Half tablespoon of turmeric (ground up)
  • 2 tablespoons of Lemon juice
  • 2 bay leaf pieces, 
  • 8 green cardamoms
  •  Cloves
  •  2 cinnamon pieces
  •  2 star anises
  •  1 and a half teaspoons of Shahi jeera
  •  2 strand maces

Preparation

Preparing the Chicken

First, Mix the Chicken with the other ingredients apart from the rice. Set the mixture aside for at least an hour. You can also let it sit overnight. While the mixture sets, you can take the rice in a large pot and rinse thrice for good effect. Next, you have to cook the meat. Take a small amount of ghee or oil in a pressure cooker or large bottom pot. Take 2 bay leaf pieces, 8 green cardamoms, cloves, 2 cinnamon pieces, 2 star anises, 1 and a half teaspoons of Shahi jeera and 2 strand maces to cook the chicken.

On a pan, cook sliced onions until they become a light brown shade. Add the marinated chicken with the whole spices. Cook for five minutes, or until they become a pale shade. Lower the flame then and keep cooking the chicken until it becomes soft and cooked through properly. Now add the yoghurt, biryani masala, red chilly powder, 1 tablespoon green chilli powder, and mint leaves to the chicken

Prepare the Biryani

Mix both the rice and the chicken very well in an even manner in one layer. In a separate pot, pour 6 cups of water, and pour half or 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir the water and once it’s salty, pour 4 cups of water across the side of the cooker. Pour the rest of the water on top of the rice.

Make sure the rice is evenly distributed on top of the meat. You can add mint leaves if you want. Once this has been done, cover the cooker. Keep cooking the rice, if undercooked, add more water from time to time. When it’s done, let it rest for approximately 20 minutes. Remove the Cooker and serve in layers. 

Chicken Biryani Prepared and Ready to Serve!

There are many more variations of the chicken biryani recipe, but this version should be easy enough to make. If you don’t really feel like cooking, then Hungrynaki brings you the best biryani restaurants in Dhaka. Order from home, be safe and enjoy!