A mere mention of the word ‘Biryani’, is enough to awaken your food senses, because the flavor, the aroma & the thought is enough to whet your appetite. It is said that the word ‘Biryani’ is derived from the Persian word ‘Birian’, meaning ‘fried before Cooking’. It was introduced in India by ‘Mughals’, whose Persian Cooks brought the secret recipe with them. Once, this exotic dish was found in the Palaces of Royals & Nawabs, but slowly it gained favour with the common people & is now available in every town of India, Big or Small. Lets find out the best places in Delhi for ‘Biryani’.
1 ‘Al Jawahar’, located at ‘Matia Mahal Road, Jama Masjid’ Old Delhi. Established in 1947, there is nothing fancy as far as the decor, ambiance is concerned & there is always a lingering smell of spices & curry in the air. The variety of the food is mind blowing, specially the Non vegetarian but their ‘Biryani’, specially the ‘Mutton’ one is simply amazing, with large chunk of pieces mingled with the best quality of ‘Basmati Rice’, cooked in old style aluminium pots gives it a distinctive taste. The eatery remains open from early noon to 2.30 am, the nearest metro station is ‘Chandni Chowk’, from where you can hire a Rickshaw. Avoid taking your car because of the heavy traffic jam.
2 ‘Kolkata Biryani House’, located at shop no 49, market no 1, C.R Park, N Delhi 110019, it has 2 more branches at ‘Noida & Gurgaon’. The name is bit misleading as they serve lots of other items, mostly non veg but ‘Biryani’ is their flagship item. ‘ ‘Kolkata Biryani’ has large pieces of eggs & potatoes & taste is simply awesome with lots of gravy & Curd as add on & the portion is huge. The place does not boast of a great setup but is always overcrowded as the rates are pretty reasonable.
3 ‘Andhra Bhawan Canteen’ located at ‘Firoze Shah Road’, as the name suggests, it is run by ‘Andhra Govt. Famous for its South Indian Snacks which are pretty cheap, ‘Biryani’ served here is out of this world. The spices used are hand picked & all the care is taken to make it an experience to remember, its a pity that ‘Biryani’ here is served only on Sundays & patrons do not mind standing in queue for hours to grab a plate. Costs only Rs 200, enough for 2 people & they sell 600 plates It’s worth a visit.
4 ‘Biryani Blues’, conveniently located at showroom No 9, Scindia House, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place’, they have many branches in ‘Gurgaon’ & Delhi’. The variety of ‘Biryani’ served here is unparalleled, the place is simple but aesthetically laid out & is always full with customers, many from foreign countries. The ‘Biryani’ to try for specially is their Soya Biryani, a treat for Vegetarians, for Non Vegetarians, the choice is endless. The prices are bit steep but worth it. Next time, during your CP visit, please go for it, you shall love it.
5 ‘Nasir Iqbal Biryani’, located at 286 A’Jha Basti Market, Hazrat Nizamudin West, Nizamudin’. The eatery was established in 1986 & they use to serve only eggs & Paranthas in the beginning but as their fame grew, they switched to other non vegetarian dishes.They have a decent variety but the ‘Kebabs’ are excellent for starters, their ‘Dum Mutton Biryani’ is something to die for, the aroma, the spices & the ever lingering taste is that you will cherish for a long time. The place is totally unpretentious but tastefully done & is open from 12 pm to 12 am, for Rs 500, two persons can have a belly full of meal.