Golgappa, puchka, panipuri. Kheer, payasam, payesh. The same (or similar) dish almost always has different names in different regions of the country. But the one that stays unwavering in its identity is the biryani. Kolkata, Hyderabadi, Awadhi…diverse locales have given their own twists to this rice dish, yet, in essence it stays the same. And is a strong contender for being the favourite dish of a country as heterogenous as ours. An eternal favourite that crosses barriers of borders, age, time of the day or night, and many others, here we curate the list of the five choicest services for biryani delivery in Delhi.
Biryani by Kilo has taken the capital by the storm. Four years old, it has already expanded to 10 delivery outlets in Delhi, one takeaway in Mumbai, and 20+ more coming up across India by the end of this month. That direct popularity indicative is supported by their khansama style of cooking, wherein they prepare each biryani fresh, after the order is placed. True to their name, they serve biryani handis by the kilo, and have options ranging from chicken, mutton, kathal, and egg made in Hyderabadi, Lucknowi, and Kolkata styles.
What we love is their single portion biryani. While most places only do orders that serve a minimum of 2-3 people, Behrouz has a single person option so one can relish their biryani without wastage or guilt. Ideal for one’s biryani craving quick-fix, they deliver between 30-60 minutes, are high on flavour, and have many styles to pick from. From Dum Ghost, to Murgh Makhni, Paneer to Subz-e-Falafel, their eclectic menu is one to try.
An effort to serve the flavours from within the walled city to those far away from it, Delhi 6 delivers the typical biryani from Purani Dilli. They claim to use the traditional Mughal art of cooking biryani that has been handed down generations inhabiting the area. The result supports the claim, and makes it a must-try. They have a daily menu and require one to place the order a day in advance. Their mutton and chicken dum biryani are sellouts, and not just biryani – they offer to deliver any dish one may have tried within the walled city.
The sheer variety of biryani and the options to have it in makes Biryani Blues worth your next order. Delivering under 40 minutes, they’re at 26 locations across Delhi NCR. They do Hyderabadi biryani specifically, which brings together Arabic, Turkish and Mughlai flavours with Andhra and Marathwada spices. Wholesome in their taste and fluffy rice, they’ve got Chicken 65, soya, egg, and potato biryani other than the regular varieties.
A home cook operating out of Vasant Kunj, Mansi Seth Kapoor runs the on-order Awadhi Season. She exclusively makes the Lucknowi style biryani, in three options – mutton, chicken, and vegetarian. Her subtle flavours and fragrant rice bring the biryani to life, with just half a kilogram of her preparation ensuring five satisfied diners. Expert cooking skills and great quantity make the one day wait worth it.
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