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Rice and Spice Delhi, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi

Packaging: Good

On time delivery

Awadhi mutton dum biryani: The mutton pieces were available in plenty and were mellow in taste but the biryani was way too spicy. Awadhi dum biryani is supposed to be high on flavours and low on spices but the case was opposite here. There were bundles of raw spices, burnt flavour of caramelized onions and absence of saffron – for a biryani, these are not good signs.

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Hyderabadi chicken dum biryani: Well well, these folks surely know how to dish out the most juicy, spice loaded non vegetarian but again, this biryani was not as spicy as a Hyderabadi should be. RECOMMENDED.

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Gaajar ka halwa: This fabulous Indian dessert deserves a worthy mention here. First, this has to be the best gaajar ka halwa I have had apart from my home. Second, the melt in the mouth consistency will leave you love struck. Third, the moderate sweetness and the subtle finesse with which it has been prepared will compel you to have more of it. The owner told me that they stir the grated carrots in ghee for a longer duration and this activity gives the halwa the requisite mouth warming texture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Arsalan, Park Circus area, Kolkata

In a world of Lucknawi and the Hyderabadi, Kolkata biryani has a place of its own but sadly it has not been able to carve the same niche like the former two. India is the melting pot of cultures and biryani is a dish associated with so many states and regions. But we are aware about just the two of them.

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So if you are visiting Kolkata, you have to try the delectable biryani offered by Arsalan. The taste is so different and out of the world. And the copious quantities of the biryani accompanied with the sweet Bengali hospitality will leave you over satisfied. So here are the two dishes which I relished on my recent visit to Kolkata:

Mutton biryani: After the Lucknawi biryani from Dastarkhwan, this has to be the best regional biryani I have tasted. Contrary to the popular notion of biryani being heavily loaded with spices, this one was plain white colour with mutton pieces subtly drenched in spices. The rice was long grained basmati, aromatic, moist and blossoming. The mutton pieces were ohh-so-succulent and chewy in taste. The prominent hotness of green and black cardamom was pronounced but not too many spices were used here. The addition of boiled potatoes provided a sweet hint in an otherwise hot dish. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Phirni: How did the Bengalis come up with such a condensed version of phirni? Because the phirni here is not our milk and rice pudding. The khoya – concentrated milk is condensed more with green cardomam and presented in a semi-frozen form in an earthen ware. The light sweetness, the heavenly creaminess and the subtle smoothness make this dessert a masterpiece. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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19 Flavours Biryani, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

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.

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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.

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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.

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Biryani and Quorma Express, Baani square, Gurgaon

Biryani and Qorma have come to be associated with luxurious Mughlai cuisine and let’s face it, don’t we all crave these rich dishes when we want to have something special and Indian? Yes, we do! And with so many options coming up, we have a tendency to get confused about which outlet to chose.

The Biryani and Quorma Express brings to you the exclusive Deg Biryanis and Quorma from the bylanes of old Delhi. They claim to use the best quality spices, long grained rice and the best meat available. Their meat is procured from selected vendors and cut to perfection. And the best part – their chefs have a family legacy in Mughlai food spanning three generations!

I recently had the opportunity to try a few of their dishes and here are my reviews on them :

Mutton Quorma : Heavily loaded with screwpine essence, dry fruits, spices and oil, this is a must try. Once you drain the excess oil out, the aroma of screwpine becomes quite prominent. The gravy has a very fine texture and the mutton pieces are well lathered in them. The tanginess of yoghurt was perfectly balanced here. RECOMMENDED.

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Mutton Biryani : The lack of spices, caramelized onions, saffron and good mutton pieces made this dish a downer. The rice were colourful but lacked flavours. Too much marred whatever remained of this biryani.

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Phirni : Though it is yellow in colour but I highly doubt whether the kheer was simmered long enough to become phirni. The usual richness of this heavenly dessert is absent here. And also the sweetness was overpowering here.

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Khameeri : Soft, thick and chewy, these tandoori rotis were well made.

Dal Tadka : Made up with chanaa daal, this could have been great with the presence of the pungency of garlic and the spiciness of dried red chillies. But a dish without salt can definitely affect your opinion of the dish. Could have been slightly better.

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Keema Kaleji : I loved it! The kaleji was not hard and was soft and chewy – well cooked. The tanginess of yoghurt and the black pepper was pretty prominent here, so you can expect a burst of flavours in every bite. RECOMMENDED.

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Biryani by Kilo, DLF phase 1, Gurgaon

Imagine a situation where you are craving freshly prepared, hot dum biryani at your office and you do not want to get it cold while it is in transit(if you order it). Can there be a place which can solve your dilemma? Yes, there is, by the name of Biryani by Kilo. I was surprised to find an earthen pot having three candle holders. You can use it heat the earthen pot having the dum biryani. Easy, isn’t it?

Moving on to the savouries that I relished, here are my views :

Mutton Galouti Kebab : The aroma of saffron and the ingredients of garam masala will definetly spellbind you. The mutton is finely minced and mixed well with the spices. The kebabs are not exactly melt in the mouth but still good to taste. Their exteriors is slightly crusty which can be improved upon.

Ulte tawe ka parantha : Excellent is the word. The paratha gives a wonderful waft of milk and is soft, thin and chewy. It goes well with the galauti kebabs.

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Lucknawi mutton dum biryani : Just break the dum, open the lid and boom! The wafting aroma of saffron flavoured biryani will blow your senses. The sweetness of caramelised onions, screwpine essence and saffron is pretty prominent here. The mutton is chewy, succulent and comes off easily from the bones. The rice is well cooked but a bit dry.

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