No, veg biryani is not pulao! We had to lead with this because enough of meat based biryanis hogging the limelight while anything with vegetables takes the sidelines. Also, we can say this with certainty because Madike Biriyani exists. This cloud kitchen based out of Banshankari is declaring that vegetarian biryanis are a thing with its all vegetarian menu. So, our plant-based friends, you don't have to order another biryani from a place that serves both kinds, wondering if your biryani is truly vegetarian anymore.
What's interesting about Madike Biriyani is also that they use the Dum Phukt style of cooking on slow fire using a madike or clay pot, a traditional method used by our ancestors. Each individual portion of biryani is cooked in the same pot it is served in. So no bulk cooking, only cooked to order. Founder, Prasanna shares that these are his father, Venkatraja Bhat's recipes, he is also the cook and boasts of decades of experience in the catering business.
The menu currently has a Vegetable Dum Madike Biriyani (a medley of vegetables spiced and layered with basmati rice and fried onions) and a Paneer Dum Madike Biriyani. A Mushroom Madike Biriyani is in the works too. This clay pot cooking and service makes us happy cause we know that upon opening that pot all the aromas and flavours will be intact. So, biryani points for that! These biryanis come in two sizes a small pots (serves two) and a large pot (serves four) and are priced at INR 250 upwards.