25 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

Fast Food Restaurants

1, Near India Gate, Hyderabad House, 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

Scindia House, 15/96, 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 with. Expect 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

    Behrouz Biryani

    With more than 30 outlets all over Delhi NCR, Behrouz Biryani is catering to the taste buds of Dilliwallas like no other. Even with their limited menu, this is one biryani place you would want to check from your list.

    Price: Starting at INR 275

    Shama Chicken Corner

    This joint does delicious chicken dishes that will leave you licking your fingers all under INR 500 only. It is a small joint in Sohna Road so it is best if you order from this place and sit at home to relish the food.

    Price: Starting at INR 50 for a quarter portion

    Paradise Biryani

    Coming from Hyderabad, the land of biryani itself, this chain does not disappoint. It has scrumptious biryani options. Vegetarians don't be disappointed because they serve amazing Punjabi food as well including kebabs and different types of curries.

    Price: Starting at INR 190

    Invitation

    A wonderful restaurant for a family setting situated in North Delhi. They are known for their north Indian food and biryanis, something they've been doing the best for over 3 decades now. 

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    Cafetaria & Co

    We know you probably don't expect this one to be there on the list but try their biryani because then you'll know why this DU favourite deserves a spot in our list. It is bound to knock your socks off.

    Price: Starting at INR 260

    Karim's

    This classic from the lanes of Jama Masjid has been around for more than a century. Old Delhi, chicken dishes and Karim's go hand in hand. One does not simply ignore Karim's when talking about something as royal as a biryani.

    Price: Starting at INR 230 for half plate

    Khan Chacha

    Another classic on the list, this place has been part of the growing culinary landscape of Delhi from 1972 and will always remain evergreen. Stop by this restaurant to enjoy some of the best kebabs, biryani and rolls in town.

    Price: Starting at INR 240

    Nizam's Kathi Kabab

    This one has also been around for quite some time now. It is so popular that you will almost always find it brimming with people. But the place and its food is definitely worth the wait.

    Price: Starting at INR 280

    Biryani Art

    They have a vast menu to choose from. They do 12 different types of Hyderabadi Biryani and you are totally spoilt for choice at Biryani Art. They even have family packs so your whole family could sit and relish the flavours together.

    Price: Starting at INR 275

    Bikkgane Biryani

    It has a cozy ambience for you and your friends to hang out. They serve huge amount of quantity at a pretty reasonable price. Again, being a popular joint, there might be some waiting involved.

    Price: Starting at INR 220

    Beeryani

    You can bring out your inner Punjabi here for the yummy biryani and amazingly cheap booze. They also offer a free beer tower if you finish the first one in 15 minutes. You'll also find lots of students in this area since its right opposite IIT gate.

    Price: Starting at INR 480

    The Royal Awadh - Biryani and Kebabs

    For everyone trying to exclude us vegetarians from biryani plans, next time head to this joint in Naraina for vegetarian kebabs, biryani, curry and korma. This place won't disappoint. 

    Price: Starting at INR 220

    19 Flavours Biryani

    This is a take away joint that delivers biryani, kathi rolls, kebabs, breads and meal combos at your doorstep. You can sit back at home, order in and pig out like no one's watching.

    Price: Starting at INR 249 for half plate

    Biryani Queen

    They have a very cute decor and they serve biryani in earthen looking pots to give you the authentic vibes. How cool is that? They also have something called diet biryani in their menu, something we would really love to try out.

    Price: Starting at INR 325