“Mein phool to tu khushboo hai meri, Ae Biryani tere bina zindgani adhuri hai meri.”
Aaah! The Word “Biryani” itself sounds orgasmic, the taste and aroma, looks that can attract my taste buds during any hour of the day. Some of you must be keen to know when this ‘pulao’ becomes a ‘Biryani’ or what really is the difference? The possible distinction can be that a Biryani requires layering of spices on top, meat in the middle and rice being the third layer. Moreover, Biryani tends to be scented with kewda, rosewater, etc.
In India, the recipe of the authentic biryani is a result of experiments over the ages and proved itself to be one of the best cuisines ever. This mouthwatering dish has its own magic all over the world, so many countries with the number of cultures, and various methods of cooking, different spices and ways to presents Biryani in their unique way. Majority of us, crave for the Biryani cooked in Muslim households, however, Hyderabadi biryani, Calcutta style, Kashmir and Lucknow are also among the best you will ever taste.
In Hyderabad, it is being cooked in the form of “Kachey Gosht ki Biryani”, a blend of Mughlai and Iranian cuisine which is served with “Mirchi ka Salan” and chutney usually with onion rings toppings. And this is served as a dish in many restaurants.
There are numerous varieties of biryani which most of us don’t even know existed. After reading this I challenge you, you won’t be able to decide what to order next time you visit your favourite restaurants. All of us know that Delhiites have their own taste in biryani, one that is cooked with unique flavours. This came to Delhi as the Mughal kings moved their political capital to the North Indian City of Delhi. Every part of the capital serves its own style giving rise to Shahjahanabad Biryani, Nizamuddin biryani and many more. And one just cannot forget the unique taste of Non-Dum Biryani of Babu Shahi outside the National Sports Club, Delhi.
Next is Thalassery Biryani, the only variation of Biryani being served on the platter of the people of Kerala. The speciality of this Biryani is the choice of rice called Khyma, it’s rice mixed with ghee along with different spices including sultana raisins, cashews, mace, fennel cumin seeds, shallot, cloves and many more, however, the chilli powder is used in very less quantity.
Let’s have a taste of “Chettinad Biryani”, famous in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. And the speciality lies in the great taste of Jerraka Samaba Rice which is best served with Nenju Elumbu, tangy and spicy mutton gravy served with the toppings of onions and ghee.
Have you ever heard of Kalyani Biryani or one that is called poor man’s Hyderabadi Biryani? This biryani is always made from small cubes of buffalo meat. The meat is marinated with ginger, onion, tomatoes, red chilli, turmeric and garlic, and all of these are combined to make thick curry, then rice and finally steamed in a pot to make it more delicious. Kalyani Biryani is the favourite for the local populace of Tamil Nadu. The finest recipe of Biryani can be found in Lucknow, the city of the Nawabs. To make the dish tastier, rice and meat are cooked in a slow flame which gives an aroma to it that will charge your senses.
Calcutta Biryani is the birthplace of Lucknowi Biryani. The poorer households of Calcutta were unable to afford chicken, mutton, etc. so they used potatoes instead and later on it became the speciality of Calcutta Biryani. This biryani is much lighter on spices and the rice is flavoured with rose water along with saffron to give it a saffron shade, making it different from other Biryani.
And what most of us enjoy is the basic form of biryani, having chicken, mutton, beef, fish marinated with spices which are then added to the half-cooked Basmati Rice. Biryani has always been the favourite for every non-vegetarian food lover. So, we are giving you a list of the most popular places in Delhi serving the authentic Biryani
N.Iqbal- Nizamuddin, Delhi-6,
Kolkata Biryani House-CR Park,
Andhra Bhawan-C.P. and
Biryani Paradise – serves one of the best Biryani in Noida.
What are you waiting for??Don those slippers, give a vroom to your bike and treat yourself to some new taste of Biryani.