Mughlai To Dindigul: Order From The Best Biryani Places In Chennai

    Biryani has got to be easily one of the best recipes ever created. With its addictive flavour and fulfilling taste, it is truly a celebration of all that is great. And just because you can't dine in, doesn't mean you can't enjoy a half plate for yourself or a bucket with your fam (or yourself)! From Ambur and Dindigul and Chettinad to Hyderabadi and the Mughlai biryani, order from the best biryanis places in the city and enjoy an indulgent meal at home. 

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    Rasavid

    Rasavid

    Semmencherry, Chennai

    Rasavid translates to 'knowing good flavour' and they sure stay true to it. Serving one of the best Hyderabad Dum Biryanis in Chennai, Rasavid strikes a perfect balance of spice and flavour. There are multiple locations in Chennai, so hit-up the one which is the closest to you next time you are craving biryani and you will surely relish it. 


    Kolapasi Takeaway

    Kolapasi Takeaway

    Anna Nagar East, Chennai

    This is a takeaway restaurant which is known for its Chicken Chukka Biriyani, pulling in all the youngsters their way. The best part is the amount of ghee they use in their recipe that accentuates all the other flavours in the dish, making it irresistible to any biryani lover. 


    Sukkubhai Biryani

    Love beef biryani? Head to Sukkubhai Biryani! The aromatic rice is subtly spiced and allows for the chunks of meat to shine through. Their hunky beef cutlets and beef fry prove to be worthy accompaniments to the stellar biryani. You can also check out our list of budget biryani restaurants to eat the best without shelling out much. 


    Samco

    Samco

    Alwarpet, Chennai

    This iconic restaurant needs no introduction. If you are an ardent non-vegetarian, you will definitely know that you can never go wrong with this one. Our favourite dish at Samco is easily the chicken 65 biryani. Right amount of spice, flavour, oil and oh, the chicken 65 pieces! You can also try their other creation, the Chicken Schzwan Sauce Biryani that is equally yummy but not surprisingly not as popular.


    Ambur Star Biryani

    Ambur Star Briyani

    Vadapalani, Chennai

    We haven't been to Ambur but we sure know what it is famous for. Having set shop in the 1890s, this biryani chain serves plates that have more meat than rice. With more than 10 outlets in the city, pick an Ambur Biryani closest to you and enjoy their quick service.


    Nammaa Kitchen

    Nammaa Kitchen

    Tharamani, Chennai

    Located in Taramani, the highlight of Nammaa Kitchen’s menu is their stellar Hyderabadi style biryani. However, if you are in the mood to experiment, try their Special Chicken 65 biryani and Royal biryani that’s got a variety of meats. Mughlai Mutton, Tandoori Chicken, and Prawn Biryani round off the menu. They offer combos as well.


    Yaa Mohideen Biryani

    Yaa Mohaideen

    Pallavaram, Chennai

    When you put iconic and biryani together you get Yaa Mohideen. Always crowded, you can work up an appetite by joining the long queues and when it is your turn at the front of the counter, just snap up their superb Mutton Biryani. No fancy ambience, no great furniture, but it's the consistency in flavour that makes them a hot favourite. Pair their biryani with  Chicken Pakoras and you’ve got yourself a memorable meal. They even sell biryani by the kilo. Did we just hear house party? 

    Behrouz Biryani

    Behrouz kills it with their Awadhi style biryani. The apparent capital of biryani was a place called Behrouz in Persia that served the long fragrant rice to its royalty and that's the ideology behind Behrouz Biryani that has over 30 outlets in Chennai itself. To save yourself from a content shock with all the complicated terms in their menu, just talk to their staff and ask for their vegetable biryani, murgh tikka biryani or murgh malai biryani. All of them taste heavenly with a bowl of raita and come served in mud pots. 


    H.Akbar Mess

    Aren't wedding biryanis one of a kind? H.Akbar Mess in Vepery serves comes really close to them, serving mutton biryani in banana leaves. It's not overly spicy and its homely appeal and flavour make it a comfort meal. Don't ask for a spoon to eat the biryani if you don't want to be judged. 


    Buhari

    Buhari

    Velachery, Chennai

    One of most iconic possessions of the city and a pioneer for giving us Chicken 65, Buhari has grown across Chennai. Not to forget, their biryani remains among the best in town. Their juicy chicken biryani paired up with chicken 65 is the perfect jodi. Spicy and thick, just how we like it. Ask for a leg piece in your biryani - it tastes the juiciest mixed with the spices.


    Karaikudi Chettinadu Mess

    How much spice is too much spice? Well, Chettinad cuisine will answer that. If you love Chettinad food, where else to try it than in the Karaikudi Chettinadu Mess? Located across outlets in Chennai, it specialises in *drum rolls* Chettinad biryani. Long grain and heavily spiced, the tears rolling down your eyes are worth it just for the sake of its taste. Apart from chicken and mutton biryani, their special fish and prawn dum biryani are worth a try too! 


    Ente Keralam

    Ente Keralam

    Alwarpet, Chennai

    Cooking with coconut oil can never go wrong. And Ente Keralam knows that well. Apart from their fish fries and beef curry, their Thalassery biryani is one of its kind. Unlike the others, this biryani uses small grain, khaima rice. What's so different about it? Well, the rice and the meat are cooked separately first and then put together dum-style. If you haven't tried this Kerala favourite then this place is your chance. 

    Dindigul Thalapakatti

    Chennai is surrounded by biryani hubs. If you are heading towards Hosur, you’ll find the famed Dindigul biryani. But don’t worry, you don’t have to budge an inch to get your share of steaming hot Dindigul biryani. With branches across the city, Dindigul Thalapakatti serves boneless mutton biryani, chicken versions, and biryani in a bucket to feed your entire brood.


    Copper Chimney

    Copper Chimney

    Velachery, Chennai

    Specialising in Mughlai and North Indian flavours, Copper Chimney is where you head to when you’ve got a calorie-loaded treat on your mind. Stuff your face with their excellent Dum Gosht Biryani that’s sprinkled with saffron and features chunks of beautifully cooked lamb. That said, it’s certainly a finer dining version of the meal. It is about feeding the Nawab in you.


    Charminar

    A busy and budget biryani joint in Royapettah, Charminar is a favourite with the crowds. No fancy packaging and branding, but a tiny place specialising in home-style biryani mutton and chicken biryani that they prepare in large, blackened cauldrons. They have a few tandoori dishes that you can chomp down with your biryani as well. Bucket versions, for large crowds, are available too. 


    AlMaza

    AlMaza

    Anna Nagar East, Chennai

    AlMaza's extensive menu is a meat lover’s delight and features quite a variety in biryani. If you want to go the tried and tested way, there is the Mughlai mutton and chicken biryani. Fish, prawns, and egg versions make an appearance too. But if you are looking for sheer indulgence, just pick the Mutton (also available in chicken) Zafrani Pulao sprinkled with the goodness of saffron. 


    Biryani Bol

    One of the newer places in the list, this is mainly a takeaway restaurant that kills it with their combo offers. Our favourite is their Chicken Tikka Masala and Mutton Biryani combo.

    Did we miss out on any of your favourite biryani joints? Mention them in the comments below