Biryani or should we call it Bae-iryani, is our favourite food. For most people its not just another dish, but an emotion. We love eating biryani all day and give it to us for any meal of the day and we are happy.
Hyderabadis are obsessed with the traditional Hyderabadi Dum Biryani and why not? It is the best biryani ever. People visiting the city often rave about the flavour and texture of the Dum biryani and the meat. Shah Ghouse, Meridian, or Paradise are our forever hangout spots and we just cannot do without these.
But, do you know, that biryani is not just limited to Hyderabadi or Lucknawi? There are so many varieties of biryani that will make you go crazy. So, here are 5 types of Mutton Biryani that you must try.
1.Kolkata Mutton Biryani
If we had to describe the phrase, head over heels in love, we would just place a plate of scrumptious Kolkata Mutton Biryani. While the core ingredients to make a Kolkata Biryani remain almost similar to a dum biryani, it is the process which makes it different. The spices, raw smell of ghee and well-marinated mutton/lamb, Kolkata Mutton Biryani is a must-try. And, also how can we forget addition of the glorious potatoes.
2.Ambur Mutton Biryani
From the state of Tamil Nadu, comes this celebrated Ambur Mutton Biryani. It was traditionally made during the Nawab of Arcot’s regime and has been in fame since then. Ambur Mutton Biryani is usually cooked on wood fire and the rice used is a short-grain rice and not your regular basmati rice. The red chilli paste, spices, meat and Jeera Samba rice makes this dish unique. Also, Ambur biryanis are always served with cucumber raitha and brinjal raitha.
3.Donne Mutton Biryani
If you have ever visited Bengaluru, we are sure you have tried their special Donne Biryani. Donne literally translates to big cups or big bowls made with palm leaves or papaya leaves. The vendors or restaurants serve biryani in donne cups which adds an earthen flavour and quintessential taste to it. Oh, the smell of ghee already makes our mouths water.
4.Awadhi Mutton Biryani
Awadhi Mutton Biryani comes from the Kitchens of the Mughal empire. Succulent, tender and juicy meat marinated with freshly ground spices and the biryani made with it is an absolute winner. The cashew paste and saffron is an important element of the dish and it adds the whole flavour to it. Awadhi biryani has been ruling our hearts for a long time now and we just love this biryani.
5.Dindigul Thalapakkati Mutton Biryani
Another famous biryani from Tamil Nadu is the Dindigul Mutton Biryani. Most people think that the Dindigul biryani and the Awadhi biryani are the same, as they use seeraga samba rice to cook the biryani and not the regular basmati rice. While the flavours are similar, they are two different types of biryani. Dindigul Thalapakkati biryani derives its name from Nagasami Naidu who popularized the Dindigul biryani. A client of his called the biryani Thalapakkati biryani as Nagasami always wore a turban/hat. The Dindigul biryani is distinct and unique as normal goat meat is not used, and the authentic biryani is always made with grass-fed Kannivadi goat.