Since I have been on a spate of exploring the delivery outlets of Delhi NCR, I have experienced the preparations of a handful of them and needless to say, there are few of them which leave an everlasting impression on me.
Delhi Rasoi is one such outlet which scored a 5 on 5 when it came to providing an enriching culinary experience while sitting in the comfort of your home. The order arrived well in time and here are the delicacies that I relished on:
Chicken Tikka: Such mellowness and tenderness coupled with the precise penetration of spices to the core and the crunchy smokiness adorning its exterior – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Paneer Lababdar: Even a hard core non vegetarian like me fell in love with this. A thick buttery gravy with the bursting flavours of cardamom and tomatoes – each morsel tastes like divinity. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani: So finally after a long time, had a food gasmic biryani – the enchanting waft of long grained Basmati rice and spices topped with caramelised onions with chicken pieces drenched in the herbs to the core. The chicken is so well prepared that the flesh falls off easily from the bones – optimum moistness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
If you are bored with the food that you have on every outing with your family/friends, Nariyal Café is your saviour. The restaurant serves some delectable Andhra, Kerala, Goan, Thai and Continental food. So the next time you are craving for something different, give this place a try and you would not be disappointed.
Flavoured Nariyal Paan – This is what anyone will desire in this sweltering summer. I had strawberry flavoured one and it was really nice. The sweetness of strawberry is delightful and surprises you as well. Best part -they even carve your name on the coconut shell. RECOMMENDED
Malay Laksa in Coconut Shell – So given the fact that I am not a huge fan of soups and I found this utterly amazing should count for something. The soup is made from coconut milk and vegetable stalk and is served with peanuts, cucumber, mint leaves and radish. The crunchiness of peanuts in the soup delights you and the spiciness of red chilli hits you at the right moment making the experience extraordinary. The soup is perfect for those who love their food a bit spicy and the soup still remains delectable even after getting cold. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Forgotten Grains Curry Leaves Salad – The reason behind the naming is that people forget the grains that are used in this salad. It is a healthy salad consisting of jowar, barley, pomegranate, onions and tomatoes in apple cider dressing but was really bland.
Chicken Gongura- A perfect starter for all the chicken lovers where the chicken is cooked in Gongura leaves and Andhra spices. It wasn’t too spicy and had juilens of ginger providing flavours from time to time. The chicken was extremely juicy and had black pepper on it as well. If you are bored with all the chicken starters out there, do try this one, its lip-smacking. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chettinad Dum Biryani- The biryani is served with chettinad salan and Andhra raita. The raita was good but the salan was quite bitter. I had this kind of biryani for the first time and absolutely loved it. The chicken was juicy and was cooked to perfection. The spices had penetrated the inside of the chicken pieces taking it on a whole new level. (something which doesn’t happen with the biryanis I have always tried). Even though the chicken was perfect, the biryani was a little dry. RECOMMENDED
Murugan Chocolate Bomb – The BEST dessert I have ever had!! It consists of a chocolate dome structure sitting in the middle of the plate surrounded by crushed brownie pieces and dry fruits. Then they pour hot chocolate over the dome and voila, the outer chocolate covering melts revealing coconut icecream inside. The amalgamation of the hot chocolate with the cool icecream and the soft brownie pieces with the crunchiness of dry fruits is just divine. Hats off to the chef!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
According to their site, Behrouz is an ancient city in Persia, which was well noted for its earthy biryanis. The story shown on the site was pretty interesting about the conquest of Cyrus the great on the lands of Behrouz and how he came to to experience this flavourful biryani. However, being a history lover myself, I was not naïve enough to believe in the story which was definitely a lovely read.
But I am highly impressed by the ingenuity of their aromatic Hyderabadi biryani. Adorned at the top with finely sliced almonds and coriander, possessing highly tender chicken pieces and drenched in spices, this biryani is one of a kind. The dish reeks classiness in every morsel. And the saalan and the raita served are not the usual ones you get at a typical Mughlai/Hyderabadi joint. The saalan is thick, has the wonderful flavours of rai seeds and fried curry leaves and is spicy to the core. The raita is innovative as well – pudina/minty flavour – who could have thought of that? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
The second outlet of the famed Biryani and Quorma Express comes up at Sector 29 with more depth in their flavours and I am compelled to control my hunger pangs. Why? Please read on:
Keema Kaleji: A person not acquainted with keema will also fall in love with it. Because the gravy is rich with spices (tangy also) and fine keema and the liver pieces are cooked so well that their usual firmness has been lost. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Quorma: They have certainly improved their quorma gravy which is smooth and oily and slightly hot. The chicken pieces are tender and well drenched in the rich gravy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Mutton Biryani: If the rice grains were a it moist, I would have stated this one as one of the best biryanis served in Gurgaon. Because the spices are not overdone, the mutton pieces are succulent and subtly loaded with spices and the whole fried green chillies provide a perfect maelstrom of flavours. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I would definitely recommend their garlic based raita which is flavourful and healthy at the same time.
How about getting a biryani which is wonderful blend of both the Hyderabadi and the Awadhi one? The best of both the worlds will definitely surprise anyone of us, so I recently decided to taste this surprise from 19 flavours biryani.
The hidden meaning behind “19 flavours” refers to the release of a new item with a different flavour, every 19th day of the month. And apart from some the different varieties of biryani – authentic as well as blended, they are also experimenting in the other dishes of Mughlai cuisine. We do need new flavours, so let us say thank you to this outlet for daring to think out of the box.
Enough with the jibber jabber, let us talk about food now :
Seekh Kebab : So even after an hour of taking the order, these kebabs were still juicy and soft. And what to say about the subtle tanginess in them! The quantity of spices was pretty low, but taken with the green chutney, the seekh kebabs tasted delectable.
Paneer Lababdar : The paneer was quite “lababdar” (tasty) here. The soft cottage cheese cubes were drenched in flavourful curry which will definitely remind you of butter chicken gravy. The curry has a prominent taste of tomato, garlic, onions, cumin seeds and cardomam. The gravy is creamy and smooth and goes well with their specialty Malabar Parantha.
Mutton Biryani : The concept behing 19 flavours is the amalgamation and blending of the Awadhi and Lucknawi biryanis along with a host of those which are indigenous to India, but have not been tasted on a commercial scale. This mutton biryani has the mutton pieces marinated so well that you can actually taste the dry, spicy and tangy flavour while gobbling on the mutton pieces. The rice is aromatic and is topped with chewy caramelized onions which lend their wonderful sweetness to this fusion biryani. The prominence of black cardamom adds the heat to an already spicy rice.
Phirni : When a phirni is green coloured, you know that generous amount of green cardamom has been used. So this one was subtly sweet (which is great), thick and had a rich flavour of green cardamom. I wish I could taste pistachios and saffron as well in this.
When it comes to Nizami or Hyderabadi cuisine, I love my Chicken 65 and Dum Biryani. But there are a host of other dishes to try and Dil-e-Nizam provided a perfect opportunity to me.
Located in Sector 14, Gurgaon, it is a delivery outlet. The order came well in time and was neatly packed, the way I specified. Well, my specifications are nothing compared to the perfect dinner that they sent me with their variety of flavours. So here are a few of them :
Bharwa Tangri Kebab : I am a big fan of Tangri Kebabs and when they are stuffed, I can surely say I will have a food coma. Firstly, the leg pieces were enormous and were generously stuffed with a rich mixture of chopped onions, garlic, yoghurt, minced chicken and spices. The resultant was a heavily loaded chicken leg pieces with the eruption of so many flavours. The kebabs are slightly tangy, slightly spicy and way too juicy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Dum Gosht : So I wanted to try a different dish and ordered this one. And I must say I do not regret my decision. The gravy is the highpoint of the dish. It is well conjured, creamy, tangy due to the presence of tomatoes and yoghurt, spicy due to red chili powder and hot because of cinnamon. The occasional sweetness of fried chopped onions and pungency of garlic will surprise you. And the mutton pieces are well cooked, chewy and juicy. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Dum Biryani : This biryani can actually give the one cooked by Biryani Blues a stiff competition. Because their chicken pieces are heavily imbued in spices. When all the layers of the Biryani are mixed, the white of the rice changes to the dark brown of the spices. Moreover, the chicken pieces are chewy, soft and juicy and speak spicy every time you have them. The rice is well made and fragrant. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
My previous experience with Majeed’s went excellent and I had pretty high expectations for the recently opened Gurgaon outlet. Needless to say, I am mesmerised by their lip smacking, salivating and finger licking preparations. If you have not tried their outlet, then seriously guys, you are missing some good food gasmic moments.
The order arrived well in time and their signature packaging displaying their humble logo is a treat to the eyes. Moving on to the food which was ohhh-so-lovely, here are my views on them :
Chicken Hyderabadi Dum Biryani : While Biryani Blues loves dishing out extremely spicy Hyderabadi Biryani, Majeed’s believes in keeping it subtle. The biryani is so well made, moist, not too oily and contains huge pieces of chicken. The chicken is well laced with spices, moist, soft yet a bit chewy and flavourful. The taste of cardomam (green as well as black) is pretty prominent here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Mutton Kakori Kebab : So after Al Kauser, Majeed’s should get the best conjurer of these wonderfully soft kebabs. The aroma you get when you open the box is to die for. The sweet waft and flavours of saffron, screwpine essence and green cardomam, the silky soft texture of the kebabs and their melt in the mouth demeanour is to die for. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Afghani malai chicken tikka : Though all the dishes were excellent, this was the hero of the night. The soft, moist and chewy boneless chicken pieces are heavily drenched in a thick gravy of cream and yoghurt. The gravy has a smooth texture and is neither too runny nor too thick. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED