Biryani – A god’s gift to foodies, there are hardly any food lover who doesn’t crave for Biryani. Biryani is an urdu word derived from Persian language. It originates from a Persian word from Birinji which means Rice. As per my knowledge, this dish was initially prepared for Mughal army because it’s a complete meal and then it paved its way to into the Mughal shahi kitchen.
There are various types of Biryani available in India like – Delhi Biryani, Sindhi Biryani, world famous Hyderabadi Biryani, Kolkata Biryani, Chettinad Biryani and so on…
Being a bong I like it Kolkata style, it’s actually evolved from Lucknow Gharana during Mughal era. When Awadh’s last Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was exiled in 1856 to Kolkata suburb of Metiabruz, Shah brought his personal chef with him. The poorer dwellers of Calcutta (now Kolkata), who could not afford meat used potatoes & eggs instead, which went on to become a specialty of the “Calcutta biryani.” Since then potato & egg became an inseparable part of Calcutta Biryani.
Specialty of Kolkata Biryani is its less spicy & high on aroma which will stay more than an hour even after washing your hand.
Preparation is very easy. First half cook the meat & rice separately and then arrange them in a heavy bottom pot layer by layer. Add masala (keora jal, attar, Jafran milk) and seal the pot and let them cook slowly over a period of time.
There are plenty of Biryani houses in every corner of Kolkata, but there are some names who serve unforgettable taste and carrying on the legacy of Biryani. Below are few names you shouldn’t miss when in Kolkata…
- Arsalan at Park Circus. This place is always crowded. Their specialty is Mutton Biryani & reshmi kabab.
- Aminia at Esplanade. They are famous for their mutton rejala & firni apart from very low spicy biryani
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