I’m a sucker for biryani. Monday blues? Biryani. Eating out? Biryani. Celebration mode on? Biryani. Don’t feel like ghar ka khaana? Biryani. This fragrant, rich preparation that has travelled from royal kitchens to our dining tables is my go-to choice of food, no matter what the occasion. My fixation with this dish often attracts disgruntled sighs and rolling of eyes from family and friends, especially the husband, who for reasons beyond my comprehension feels exactly the opposite way about it. But I manage to hold my own and eat biryani to my heart’s content, whenever I please (and that’s very often).
Naturally then, I’ve eaten my fair share of biryanis. Since I’m also a stickler for how it should taste, more often than not, I come back disappointed. They either turn out to be too bland or the meat is overdone and chewy or the rice is either too stiff or too squishy for my liking. Ugh!
It was just one of those days when you are at home, drinking with a friend, and you decide to order in. Of course, after contemplating pizzas, shawarma, Chinese, we settled for biryani and chose Behrouz.
As the delivery boy handed me the food parcels, the smell emanating from those boxes seemed promising. I was already looking forward to my meal and expectantly waiting for my dose of delight to be served on my plate.
Oh, boy! As I sampled the first bite of the Dum Gosht Biryani, still warm but not too hot, layered with just the right amount of masala, the perfect hint of spices, fragrant but not too overpowering, and with a generous amount of meat cooked so perfectly that you could pull it apart with a spoon, my taste buds danced with delight. It was foodgasm like I haven’t experienced in a long time. Decadent. Unputdownable. Irresistible. Words fail me as my mind recreates the memory of that impeccable taste.
If there was one thing I’d change about this Behrouz preparation, it’d be losing the nuts and raisins that the biryani came laced with. Now, that’s strictly a matter of personal preferences. A lot of people like their biryani rich and loaded with dried fruit and nuts. I don’t. In fact, almonds, raisins, pistachios in biryani are quite a deal breaker for me. I’m all about the dried mint leaves, caramelised onions and fried green chillies. Luckily, here the nuts and raisins were merely used as a garnish and I could scoop them out easily. What lay beneath this topping was a sheer delight to explore.
We had also ordered a chicken variant, the Shahi Murgh Dastarkhwan. Even though decent in its own right, it faded in comparison to the Dum Gosht Biryani. I’ve found my perfect go-to biryani and I’m sticking to it.
I strongly recommend it anyone who takes their Biryani affair seriously.