11 Spots To Get Your Hands On The Most Epic Biryani In Delhi

Navni posted on 19 October

We went on a meat, rice and spice fuelled biryani trail in the city based on recommendations by Anubhav Sapra—the expert behind Delhi Food Walks. Here’s what we found.

Andhra Bhavan

Andhra Bhavan—in addition to their usual thali menu and curries—does stellar Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani on Sundays. Pair it with the Bheja Fry, and your Sunday is sorted. You can even opt for a bout of shopping outside the gate, especially the lady who sells treats from the state: Pickles, banana chips, rava mixes, and even Telugu newspapers.

Price: INR 220 for a plate of biryani

Casual Dining

1, Ashoka Road, Hyderabad House, India Gate, New Delhi

Moradabad Ki Mashhoor Biryani Ki Puraani Dukaan

There are two types of biryani to choose from here: chicken and buff. The Moradabadi Biryani is a simple one; the basmati rice is long-grained and fragrant, the chicken perfectly tender, with the only visible spices being cumin seeds and thickly chopped green chillies. Simple, and simply delicious.

Price: Starting at INR 100 (for a half-plate chicken biryani)

Delivery Services

Shop 3, BA-141-A, Jail Road, Janakpuri, New Delhi

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Hotel Malabar

Tucked deep inside the colony {you’ll be walking for quite a while} of Sarai Juliana stands Malabar Hotel; a neat and clean little restaurant known for their biryani. The specialty here is the Kappa Biryani {buff}, Prawn Biryani and Malabar Special Chicken Biryani, served in pristine white bowls topped with a poppadom and a spoonful of pickle. They also have another outlet in Gurgaon.

Price: Starting at INR 150 for a plate

Fast Food Restaurants

37-A, Sarai Juliana, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Al Nawaz

It may not look like much, but the Chicken Dum Pukht Biryani here always succeeds in brightening up our day. While you’re at it, try the butter chicken and naan, too.

Price: Starting at INR 180 for a plate

Fast Food Restaurants

50-A, Abul Fazal Enclave, Near Jamia Nagar Thaana, New Friends Colony, New Delhi

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Anand Restaurant

This hidden restaurant in the heart of CP has been whipping out delicious plates of biryani for almost 42 years. The interiors aren’t exactly inspiring, but try to not let the dinginess get to you. Just go for their selection of biryanis, our personal favourites being the keema and the egg. They serve a side of gravy with every biryani, along with a portion of onions dusted with masala and mint chutney.

Price: Starting at INR 184 per plate

Fast Food Restaurants

15/96, Scindia House, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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Madina Biryani

If you’ve checked out the street food scene at Zakir Nagar, you know how haphazard it can get. If you’re a fan of haleem, however, head straight for the Madina Biryani Centre. Their biryani merges the orange fragrant rice with the zesty haleem, something we have absolutely no problem withExpect spoonfuls of gravy-like biryani infused with morsels of mutton and onions.

Price: Starting at INR 30 for one plate

Fast Food Restaurants

127, Zakir Nagar Main Road, Zakir Nagar, Okhla, New Delhi

Kolkata Biryani House

Kolkata Biryani House offers some of the spiciest biryani in town. Available in chicken and mutton variants, it makes for a perfect meal for the hardcore non-vegetarian. Given the amount of street food available in this market, we’re sure you’ll find something to counter all the spices; some mishti doi, perhaps?

Price: Starting at INR 220 for one portion

Delivery Services

49, Ground Floor, Market 1, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi

Taufeeq Biryani

Further down the lane from Mota Pehelwan, you’ll see a small counter on the left looking like an Old Delhi version of a kiosk. Peer inside, and you’ll see a room full of people digging into their steel plates full of biryani. Again, they only have buff and sell by the kilo. While the meat was a little tough when we ate there, it was definitely worth the struggle.

Price: Starting at INR 160 per kilo, INR 40 for one plate

Street Food

Chitli Qabar, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

    Biryani Blues

    Biryani Blues is a franchise that’s taking over the city with almost 21 outlets across Delhi NCR. Their menu includes the classic – veg, chicken and mutton biryani, biryani handis and also new variants like soya, paneer, Kheema and Chicken 65 biryani. We also love Biryani Blues for their prompt delivery and huge portions, good enough to feed two people.

    Price: Starting at INR 275

    Casual Dining

    B-202 & 203, Supermart 1, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

    Biryani By Kilo

    Biryani By Kilo only does delivery and boy, do they deliver! They do stellar Hyderabadi, Lucknowi and Kolkata-style biryanis, a portion of which will leave your stomach and your soul feeling happy. Oh and don’t stop at just the biryanis, try their Dum Nihari Gosht, Mutton Galouti Kebab and maybe, finish up with the sweet, sweet Phirni.

    Price: Starting at INR 325

    Delivery Services

    D-484, Palam Extention Sector - 7, Palam, New Delhi

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    Majeed's

    Majeed’s only does Chicken and Mutton biryani {and matar pulao} and delivers it warm in good ol’ handis. When you order from this takeaway joint, expect fragrant rice, tender chicken/mutton pieces and a taste so good that you’d be longing for another portion. Biryani from Majeed’s is goodness that’s meant to be shared, order up for the whole family.

    Price: Starting at INR 200

    Delivery Services

    Shop 8-9, B-7, Vasant Arcade Market, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi