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Midweek Feasts: Six Budget-Friendly Biriyani Joints in Delhi

Six Budget-Friendly Biriyani Joints in Delhi -


Midweek Feasts: Six Budget-Friendly Biriyani Joints in Delhi

Hit by a sudden and powerful craving for Dum Pukth? We understand. Here are six recommended pocket-friendly places in Delhi to satisfy your biriyani-demanding soul.

There are possibly very few things a plate of well-cooked biryani cannot cure.  A royal combination of delicately flavoured rice with the most succulent of meats, the biriyani is a dish that deserves all the accolades it gets.

However, you have to admit that it’s not always easy to score the perfect plate. 

So even though Delhi, a state that prides itself on its food, is dotted with multiple eateries which serve biriyani, not all manage to impress when it comes to taste. And there’s nothing worse than a disappointing biriyani order.  

Thankfully, we at indibeat take our biriyani quite seriously, and therefore, putting together this list only made sense (also made us hungry). Here are six tried-and-tested places to get some of the best and most authentic biriyani in Delhi.  

Dil Pasand Biryani Point

Where: Chitli Qabar, Old Delhi

Also known as Toufeeq’s Biryani, this hole-in-the-wall joint is a must-visit for any food lover. Comprising just a few benches and tables within a tiny room, the place serves biriyani in kilos, but what they really offer is unforgettable taste. The meat melts in your mouth and the pickled rice is fine-grained and deeply aromatic.  

It’s not easy to locate, and you might be a little confused near the narrow lanes surrounding Jama Masjid.  The place is extremely well-known however, and most passers-by will guide you to it. The eatery specializes in buffalo biriyani, though they also prepare chicken and mutton biryani on request.

Must try: Buffalo Biryani
Cost for two: INR 120

Kolkata Biryani House

Where: CR Park Market-1

While the open-air seating might prove uncomfortable during sultry summers, the place is fabulous if you’re craving for authentic Kolkata-style biriyani. If you’ve not yet had a chance to savour this unique variation, perfectly boiled and flavoured potato and egg are bonuses that come along with your mutton and chicken biryani. Mildly spiced with saffron, the rice is flavorsome and the meat, juicy and tender. Pro-tip: Ask them to serve your biryani with chaap gravy.

Must try: Chicken Biryani
Cost for two: INR 200-250

Matka Peer – Babu Shahi Bawarchi

Where: Pragati Maidan

This take-away joint located close to Matka Peer Dargah gives you an authentic sampling of Mughlai-style biriyani, while saving you the troubling of trudging all the way to Old Delhi. Large vessels (degchi) filled with scented biryani welcome you into the eatery, which lets you buy in terms of  both kilograms and plates. The Biryani here is rich, but not overtly spicy, and the meat pieces finely mingle with the orange and white rice.

Must try: Mutton Biryani
Cost for two: INR 150

Biryani Blues

Where: CP, Malviya Nagar, Gurgaon, Dwarka, Vasant Kunj

This popular outlet is spread across the city and they feature on almost all definitive lists for their Hyderabadi biriyani.  You can opt for delivery if you’r entertaining at home, their handis are more than sufficient for 6-8 people. Served with salan and raita, their biryani perfectly encapsulates the strong, layered flavours that Nizami preparations are so famous for. The good news (for people who do not like over-spiced Hyderabadi biryani) is that their version comes mildly spiced and well balanced. 

Must try: Mutton Keema Biryani
Cost for two: INR 325-350 (Including taxes).

Andhra Bhavan

Where: Feroze Shah Road

This may be out of place on a weekday dinner list, but Andhra Bhavan’s excellent biriyani must be mentioned here. Reminiscent of a basic, no-frills canteen, the good news here is that their Hyderabadi biryani is authentic to the core, while the bad news is that they serve only on Sundays. Make a plan this weekend and dive into a sumptuous feast with steaming plates of their perfectly-cooked biryani.

Must try: Dum Chicken Biryani
Cost for two: INR 400.


Where: Pandara Road

Located in the heart of the city, this restaurant is a casual dining, family joint that is high on taste. While a bit on the expensive side, the servings are generous: one handi is sufficient for as many as four people! The soft but intesely flavoured rice and tender chunks of meat, coupled with a fragrance of ittar and kewra will transport you straight to biriyani heaven. 

Must try: Hyderabadi Dumpukht Biryani (Mutton)
Cost for two: INR 750 



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