Firstly, Biryani is not just a dish. It is a phenomenon, an emotion, a divine experience. A Biryani recipe is a long, complex process that is well worth the patience and effort it demands.
What is Biryani?
Even though this royal Indian dish needs no introduction, you are legit missing out on so much. To put it simply, Biryani is a tantalizing dish of fragrant, long grained rice that has been parboiled and then cooked with spicy curry chicken, lamb or goat (or vegetable in veg biryani).
The robust flavour comes from a variety of whole spices, such as ginger, garlic, nutmeg, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron (super important in most types of Biryani) and rosewater, as well as from the tender meat itself.
Essentially, it’s your favourite Indian chicken curry (or vegetable or any other protein of choice) layered with delicately spiced, fluffy rice, and slowly cooked in one pot.
History of Biryani
Biryani is said to have originated in Iran, tracing back to Persian ‘birinj birian’ (or fried rice). Whether it came to India with the Mughals, or with pilgrims, noble statesmen or Arab traders has never been confirmed. Irrespective of its journey to Indian royal kitchens, it quickly became popular as the ‘royal dish’ and was adapted in many regions of the country.
Given the diverse cultural influences in India, many types of Biryani came to be known for their unique tastes and method of cooking. For instance, Dum Pukht, Hyderabadi, Awadhi, Kolkata and Malabar Biryani taste unique and awesome in their own right.
As a matter of fact, in India, we have at least 22 accounted versions of Biryani from North to South.
The traditional recipe for making Biryani is a closely guarded secret in many Indian households. Given its royal descent, it is understandable why the mouthwatering recipes are a generational legacy.
Why is Biryani so tasty?
- Complex flavours from authentic, whole spices
- Slow cooked so that each grain is infused with the flavour and taste without sticking
- Tender, juicy meat (or vegetables) that you can bite into with zero effort
- Complete satisfaction as it is a whole, balanced meal
- Unique to every place- you won’t get to enjoy the same Biryani in two different places.
- If it gets too spicy or heavy, you can always balance out the heat with raita.
Biryani is a celebration of everything that is great and awesome about Indian food – the vibrant colours, the heady aromas, the fluffy, fragrant rice and of course, those addictive curry flavors.
Which is better: Mutton or Lamb Biryani or Chicken Biryani?
This is a complicated debate, but it actually depends on your preferences. Here is a simple answer to this age-old question:
If you prefer your meat chewy and more heavily spiced, our Mutton or Lamb Biryani is the way to go. However, if you enjoy biting into tender, juicy chunks with sublime flavours, order our Chicken Biryani.
Veg, Chicken and Mutton Biryani at Ravintola India Palace
What makes a biryani perfect? It’s all about the fine details like adding fried onion between the layers and drizzling some ghee over the top. It’s about the right balance of aroma, presentation, texture and taste. And only a practiced hand knows how to create that magic.
Biryani unites foodies from everywhere and is as ubiquitous in India as the country flag and masala tea. And we brought a small bit of this treasured gem to Kotka, for you to enjoy. Visit us and fall in love with our range of veg as well as non-veg Biryani.