Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mughlai Treat - Kolkata Biriyani In Gurgaon

This post is meant only for Biriyani lovers in Gurgaon. More so for those who crave the Bangali/Kolkata Biriyani, with the whole boiled egg and aloo (potato). Especially for those who think of moving back to Kolkata just to have Shiraz' Biriyani, ad infinitum.

If you fall under these categories then get prepared to receive the wisdom that will change the way you live in Gurgaon. Forever.

During Durga Pujo this year I happened to chance upon this Roll, Mughlai Porotha, Biriyani stall in the community Pujo organised by the DLF Phase 1 Community Centre. All items were love at first bite.

One thing led to another and I found out that they have a shop in Sushant Tower, Sector 56. Soon after the Pujo I went to their shop with my other Biriyani loving Gurgaon dwelling friends - Anal & Debraj, and my wife Veni. The smell wafts in even before you take the right for their tiny hole in the wall kind of shop (picture alongside).

The Biriyani was just  'authentic' - I know the definition is open to discussion, but having tried Biriyani practically everywhere in India I would classify the Lucknawi, Hyderabadi, Bangali and Kerala ones as Authetic. Not the chicken pulao available across Delhi NCR which goes by the name of Biriyani What's more it's priced at the Kolkata figures of Rs. 90 for Chicken and Rs. 100 for mutton. It has the yellowish dry rice with the 'kesar' flavour smeared all over. The meat pieces are well cooked, soft and succulent from inside, and dry on the outside. You can see the meat strands, individually. The whole boiled egg is ensconced in the slightly greasy rice and camouflaging somewhere in there is the whole boiled yellow potato. Did I mention divine? The picture accompanying is of the mutton Biriyani that I brought home and just before I dug into the plate and finished in less time than what they took to pack it.

But there is more to it than what meats the eye. The flavour and smell was not just authentic but had some thing special about them. During my next visit I chatted up with the store 'manager' and the three cooks and helps and learnt the secret to the magic. The cook is no ordinary person. He is from Kolkata! The same hands that added the magic to Kolkata Biriyani for 20 years is now dishing out the same manna right here, in an unknown corner of Gurgaon. As you can see he also cooks a mean 'Chicken Chaanp' and again priced at a very affordable sub Rs 100 range.

If you have been tempted enough by now then you need to keep the following in mind.

Name - Mughlai Treat

Location - Shop # 26, Sushant Tower, Gurgaon (click for map directions)

Menu -    Chicken/Mutton Biriyani - Rs 90/Rs 100,
                Chicken Chaanp Rs 80,
                Chicken/Mutton Roll Rs 25/Rs 30.
                Chicken/Mutton Rezala only if ordered in advance.

Home Delivery - Mostly in and around Sector 56 & 57, Gurgaon, Otherwise for large orders.

Seating - Pure take away, if you discount the couple of broken plastic chairs.

Available - All Days except Tuesday.

Contact Number - +91 9999311547 or + 91 9312733913

Rating - 5 star
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