Saturday, 21 November 2015

A Memorable Mutton Briyani



Biryani is a mixed rice dish usually prepared with intense and aromatic spices, rice and meat. It is a rather complex dish, not only because Briyani is little complicated to prepare, but also for the fact that many claim their briyani as the original one. Also, there is no specific recipe for it - the dish changes from place to place, people to people. In India, briyani is not just a dish, it’s a tradition, kind of a cultural expression. Historians believe that the dish could have come to India all the way from Persia via Afghanistan. Briyani is also quite popular among the vegetarians, the preparation is more or less the same, just instead of meat they mix vegetables.

After living in Bangalore for more than a decade, I can easily claim it is the land of briyani. Bangalore is a cosmopolitan city, and one can find people from each and every part of India, that too in huge numbers. Briyani has gone deep into the food culture of Bangaloreans. The situation is similar to 'Momo in Guwahati’. There’s just momos’ and monos’ everywhere in Guwahati. There, one can’t run a restaurant without serving momo. Momo is just so deep into the food culture of  the people of Guwahati, particularly youngsters, college-goers. Biryani is to Bangalore what Momo is to Guwahati. One can find almost any kind of briyani in Bangalore. Apart from the usual Chicken, Mutton, Egg and Veg briyani, one can also find varieties of Fish and Prawn briyani as well. They serve briyani in almost every restaurant in Bangalore, be it big, small or roadside restaurants. Briyani in any form is an absolute delight. Every briyani is heavy on flavor, the moment we put a spoonful inside, it fills our mouth with rice aroma.

Along with the tongue people also have emotional attachments towards the briyani of their origin. Some of the most popular briyani as far as Bangalore is concerned are recipes of Lucknow, kolkata, Kerala; but nothing can compete with the Hyderabadi briyani. It is a brand. Hyderabadi briyani also comes in different flavors - Hyderabadi Dum briyani, Boneless briyani, Chicken fried briyani and many more similar stuffs.

Okay, enough of briyani gyan, I think now I should shift gear towards one of our memorable Mutton briyani. The incident happened about seven or eight years ago. During those carefree days, on one weekend I and Anjali went out in the evening. After little bit of shopping we thought of having dinner outside. We were at Koramangala, one of the most happening place in Bangalore. We knew about a very famous briyani restaurant there, but were confused to locate it. I called one of my friends and got to know we were pretty close to the restaurant. But my friend suggested us to avoid the place, as on weekends it’s usually overcrowded.

Despite the warning we visited the restaurant. We found that the place was not just overcrowded, it was chaos. I asked the manager how much time it would take. He replied that it would take about an hour. Looking at the crowd I felt the manager was quite generous in his response. The aroma of briyani was heavy in the air. It seemed Mutton briyani was a specialty over there. We decided better we order a takeaway rather than waiting. Even the takeaway took quite a time. The moment someone handed over our parcel I was more than delighted. The polythene bag was heavy, we had ordered two plates of Mutton briyani.

We took an auto back home. It was 10 in the night. The weekend rush was bad. I was holding the briyani bag, the wait was getting desperate. We reached home. I put on relaxing, homely clothing. Switched on the TV. Anjali brought the plates and spoons from the kitchen. Happiness around, we were all set to relish the tempting Mutton briyani. I cut open a packet, put some on a plate. The pleasant smell of briyani instantly rose to my face. I dipped into the packet with two fingers, searching for Mutton pieces. I found one and took it out. But I was puzzled to find it to be a big piece of potato. I took the whole briyani out. No Mutton pieces, only giant potatoes.

I wondered they’ve wrongly given Kolkata briyani. Well, one unique thing about Kolkata briyani is that they also mix potatoes, big pieces, along with the meat. But in our case there were only potatoes, no meat. My heartbeats started to accelerate. And then I thought, they might have kept all the Mutton pieces in the other packet, together. I immediately opened the other one, only to find potatoes and potatoes, no meat at all. I and Anjali stared each other in discomfort. I thought to search for the restaurant number and call them. But that would have been stupid, I guess. Without much of an option we both ate the briyani with heavy heart. It was delicious, but we missed to bite some flesh, missed to chew on the mutton bones that night.



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23 comments:

  1. Where the biriyani scene is big is a debate according to me, because, Chennai too has a very vibrant biriyani scene. There are innumerable shops selling it. One of my all time favourite dishes. However in recent times, I prefer Kuska (only rice) and don't consume meat that much. Here in South India, Dindugal biriyani is quite famous. It must be a rude shock to find just potatoes in a mutton biriyani :D haha !! A very good recounting!!

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    1. Yes Akash, briyani is a big debate. I always used to have chicken briyani at Chennai railway station in train when I used to travel by train. The train from Ghy reached Chennai during lunch time and many regular travels waited for the briyani :) Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for dropping by dude.

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  2. Sorry that you founf only potatoes,but thats a wonderful recollection ...

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Sathya :) Thanks a lot for visiting out here.

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  3. ohh poor you. Biriyani is my absolute favourite too. I remember the potatoes in Kolkata biriyani. I used to find it so weird.

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    1. Yes Rajlakshmi, briyani is just irresistible. I always think that I will stick to one briyani lunch per week, but usually it turns out to be a bigger figure :) Yes, Kolkata briyani is weird. Thanks a lot for dropping by!!

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  4. Ohhhh thats sad. I kind of don't like potatoes in biryani but thats just me. But an interesting read as always :)

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    1. I also don't like potatoes in briyani. Glad you enjoyed the post :) thanks a lot for dropping by, Saumya!!

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  5. My best friend is Indian and she has some strong opinions on biryani too. She once complained about mutton biryani that didn't have enough flavour. Anyway, I think in your case, either the restaurant made an accidental mistake because they were so busy or maybe they were running out of mutton and saving it for the people eating at the restaurant.

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    1. Yes, your analysis seems to be correct :) they might be running out of mutton and thought to save for the people eating at the restaurant. Nice to know you have an Indian best friend, that too a briyani freak. Thanks a lot for dropping by, Carlyn!!

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  6. Would love to share a similar experience. A Bengali restaurant in Bangalore has done this with me also. Bhojohori Manna in Kormangala not only made me sit 2 hours for the parcel of an expensive Bengali meal, but when I went home, they had left out seven of the twelve items. Anyway, Javed, where did you find really great biryani in Bangalore? I say this because there are a lot of biryani places, but except for one stunning place in Ejipura selling Kerala biryani, I haven't been able to locate anything tasty.

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    1. Sad to know about your bad experience with Bhojohori Manna. But I like the food there, very yummy :) There are so many good briyani restaurants in Bangalore. Usually Hyderabad house is okay. But my favorite is a small restaurant in BTM named "Hyderabad Briyani', really excellent, one of my favorite in Bangalore.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Subhodeep :) Thanks a ton for dropping by!!

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  8. Haha..! This was funny!

    Even though Kolkata biriyani is special in its own way, totally no mutton was too much !! :p

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    1. Yes Rajiv, every briyani got its own flavor. I also like all sort of briyanis, but totally no mutton was unfair :) Thanks for dropping by, dude!!

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  9. There is a comedy in Tamil film where a guy teases his friend who looks for a leg piece in Mutton biriyani. But oh, where did the meat go from your parcel? :P Another lol moment for us in your oops moment. Biriyani is one of my favourites and sometimes, a lifesaver dish. Good one, Jahid. :)

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    1. Yes, briyani is a lifesaver dish :) I have it minimum twice a week at lunch. Glad you enjoyed the post Meera :)

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  10. Loved the post!! And the comparison between momo and biriyani is hilarious!!

    On another note, I just loved Tublu, he is just like someone I know from ages. While reading it, I was wondering if the author is the same Jahid from Indiblogger :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post :) Nice to know that you have read Story of Tublu, and liked Tublu as well :) Thanks a lot Puspanjalee for dropping by and also for reading my book!!

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  11. I definitely wont visit :)

    but I think now that you did not like the idea of not finidning mutton in the biryani , I did not like the fact that you did not write HOW TO MAKE :) all those yummiliscious dishes .. he he he he

    now I got my taste buds running around ...


    Bikram's

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    1. Haha Bikram sir :) I don't know how to make briyani, never tried. But my wife prepares really well.

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