Biryani Pots and Weekday Lunches

April 12, 2016 , Haiya

I love biryani- love, love, love. But sadly, I have never been able to find good biryani anywhere outside of a home kitchen- until today. Biryani Pot spoilt me silly today, by sending over an elaborate lunch for two, all the way down to the mango lassi and Ras Malai for dessert.

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I ALWAYS get disappointed whenever I’m offered biryani in a restaurant, as I always find it to be dry, bland, and clearly produced in too large a batch. The only time I enjoyed biryani outside of home, was at the Al Forsan Friday brunch, and I think that was also just a fluke, because when I went back to Masala, I was once again met with the kind of biryani that disappoints.

The chicken biryani I tried today was fantastic. It was moist, juicy, had depth of flavors and aromatic with all spice; and I enjoyed it as much as I would enjoy a home-cooked version. You know how biryani has those awesome moist bits that have all the masala, which are like the marshmallow bits in a box of lucky charms? Well, this biryani was ALL moist bits/ALL marshmallows. Paired with the cumin yogurt, mint chutney, some sliced red onions and the mango lassi, this was a dream weekday lunch! The best part was that the biryani didn’t come in a plastic container, but in fact in a claypot. Day made.

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I didn’t pay much attention to the pot that was labeled “veg”, because who really cares for a veg biryani when there’s chicken in the house, right? Wrong. This wasn’t your average veg biryani, it was QUINOA biryani! As much of a Groot I am, I’m still not a fan of quinoa, BUT, this was really good. For quinoa.

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They also sent some Daal Makhni and Butter Chicken¬†(which I initially thought I’d need to moisten the biryani I expected for to be dry and bland), but since the biryani was so moist and flavorful itself, I decided to just keep these aside to have for dinner.

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Instead, we (M was working from home today), had the plate of mixed grills that had mutton seekh kebab, chicken seekh kebab, Tikka boti and Malai boti. Yum.

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Dessert was some of the best Ras Malai possible, as well as aromatic Gulab Jamun.

Can’t all weekdays be like this?

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