An invitation from Smoked House Biryani ,Noida, got me into thinking mode. I am an avid biryani fan and having spent half of my life in Allahabad, where, every weekend we ended up eating our meal in Lucknow, whether it was idris ki biryani or wahid khan ki biryani.
Well, so this time I decided to do a bit of research on biryani and let me tell you that it has actually changed my view on biryani. I have been planning to hunt for various biryanis that we get in Delhi. While I was compiling a list of all the available places where you can get biryani from street vendors to five star restaurants, I realized that most of the places in Delhi do not serve the kind of biryani we used to get, back in Lucknow. Most of them are actually kind of pulao, where meat and rice are cooked separately and then mixed and put on fire and we call it dum – biryani, which in my opinion is not true. These can’t be considered as biryani. They fall into the category of pulao where instead of vegetables they have added meat/chicken to be able distinguish it from veg pulao.
Now – the Biryani – unfortunately it didn’t work for me. It was too smoky for me. It had more flavor of sautéed onion than mutton/chicken and hence I found it too sweet for my taste. But I am sure they will make it perfect soon, as they are just 6 weeks old. I chatted with their chef, who is from Hyderabad and we discussed on biryani. In desserts, kaddu ka kheer was outstanding. Overall a great promising place which is run by young passionate people and I am sure they will make it right as their first restaurant Tab is already doing well in Noida and Gurgaon.
Smoked House Biryani Sector 18, Delhi NCR,
G 35, 1st & 2nd Floor, Sector 18, Noida