As soon as you place the rice in your mouth, it gives up all its flavours! This meat certainly has the flavour all the way to the bone! Hi folks, this is Kripal Amanna and welcome to another episode of Gourmet On The Road. And today we are going to be exploring… … especially the spicy, Andhra-style biryani. Now, when it comes tow Andhra-style biryani there are two establishments that rule the roost in the city. One is Nagarjuna, an eatery that has been around for decades, has a massive… … following and then there is Meghana’s. A relatively recent eatery but has still been around for many years and commands its own loyal clientele. Today, we are going to taste the biryani at both these establishments… … and I am going to give you my take on what I think of the biryani at Nagarjuna and Meghana’s. So, stick around till the end of this episode, we have a spicy treat lined up for you. So, we are sitting here at Nagarjuna it’s just past 12 and the place is buzzing already. It tells you of the popularity of the establishment out here. Of course, a meal here is a banana leaf affair and that’s what I am looking forward to… … tasting some great biryanis on this banana leaf. The leaf looks clean already, but just a tradition to sprinkle some water… … some water on the banana leaf and just wipe it clean. So, we’ll taste the biryanis here. The Chicken and the Mutton Biryani here at Nagarjuna. So, I’ve got my biryanis here. The Chicken Biryani and the Mutton Biryani. Now when you look at it, it looks identical and I was just asking him… … I said, “How do you know which is a chicken and which is a mutton?”… He said in the chicken biryani it is served with a lemon wedge faced up and with the Mutton Biryani it is… … served with the lemon wedge faced down. So, as always we will begin with the Chicken Biryani first. So, I have my Chicken Biryani here on my banana leaf and even as he was serving it, you could smell… … those aromas wafting from that ern containing the biryani. This is certainly an aromatic biryani! Also, if you look at the rice, it’s a long grain basmati rice. You can see some tomato, you can see some coriander, you can also see some cloves… … so there’s a fair bit of spice that goes into this biryani. Let’s taste the biryani. This biryani is full on in its flavours. As soon as you place the rice in your mouth, it just gives up all its flavours. You can see some cardamom as well as here, there’s some cloves. I got a piece of cashew as well in this one, tender cashew. Time now to taste the meat, the chicken. That rice certainly was flavourful… … let’s see if the chicken also has that flavour. The chicken is mellow in its flavours. You certainly need to taste the rice and the chicken together to make for one… … flavoursome mouthful. At least that’s what I am hoping. Mmmh! Well, typically the Andhra biryani is supposed to be spicy… … and it is spicy but it is not that overbearing chilli heat. It’s the sort of gentle spiciness that creeps up on you slowly. And that’s what this biryani is all about. I am going to taste the biryani next with some of this gravy that’s served with the biryani. So, this is a gravy that I am told is made with chicken, perhaps chicken bones. Just to kind of help moisten the biryani, just to impart a little more flavour to the meat. So, there you go I have a bite of the biryani, the rice, the chicken and that gravy. That gracy certainly helps moisten the palate. Taste the meat just with the gravy. The meat is a trifle chewy but comes together nicely with the rice and the gravy. You know, that rice was so tasty, I had to ask for another small helping. I need to actually pace biryanis because I still have a few more biryanis to taste today. I’ve got a piece of the chicken drumstick. The last piece that I tasted was the chicken breast. But the drumstick is where there is more flavour. And this also feels a lot yielding to the touch. It peels away effortlessly. You can see that light pink colour of this chicken drumstick which has all that flavour. Mmmh! That piece of chicken is soft and requires barely any effort to chew! It’s as soft, it’s as yielding as that. That’s a delicious piece of meat! So, if you have a choice in the piece of meat, order for the drumstick. That’s certainly where there’s more… … flavour as opposed to the chicken breast. I am going to have my last mouthful of the Chicken Biryani, so I am going to make it count… … by bringing together everything that goes into it to give it that flavour. Perhaps,, perhaps even one of these cloves. Not to forget a little bit of the gravy. Just to give it a flavour boost. Having licked off my Chicken Biryani clean, I think it’s time to bring the big boy, the Mutton Biryani next. Okay, lovely! That piece of mutton, oh! Wow! That looks delicious! Thank you, I almost lost that piece of mutton there. So, the biryani, the Mutton Biryani looks identical to the Chicken, but of course this has the Mutton in it… There are two pieces of mutton that I see in my biryani and so,e toasted cashew. There’s also some cinnamon that I see here. Well, apprearance wise the rice looks very similar to the Chicken Biryani. Of course, the biryanis here are made on dum and that’s how they finish the biryani. It tastes very similar in flavour to the rice in the chicken biryani. But perhaps the spices are a little more accentuated in this biryani. You can certainly taste the mellow heat of the spices a little more, a wee bit more. I can’t quite decipher what this is. I think there are some pineapple bits that go into his biryani. But you can certainly taste the fiber of the pineapple bits but the taste is very savoury. Perhaps having soaked up, having soaked in all those spices. I’ve got the perfect piece of meat here, because this piece of meat here… … has a bit of the fat as well. You can certainly taste a bit of that gamey flavour that comes from the fat that kind… … of reminds you that you are eatng a mutton biryani. I think in most places when you are eating a Mutton Biryani… … you have to struggle a bit to find that piece of meat. Unlike a chicken biryani which I think is more meaty in terms of the volume of meat. This piece of meat has the meat and a wee bit of the fat. Time to get some gravy onto the rice. You know, the rice is so flavourful, actually it doesn’t need that biryani. But since we have that gravy here, why not? Perhaps also spike it with a bit of the lime, a wee bit. So, this piece of rice has the gravy and also that lime and some chilli as well. You can feel that masala hit from the spice and the tartness of the lime… …. that I have just drizzled over the biryani. Now, to go for my second piece of the meat here. This is more meaty as opposed to the first piece. There’s a lot more meat here. But it doesn’t have as much fat, so therefore, it feels a little firmer to the touch as opposed to the first piece. That piece of meat though is cooked just right. But I think you need to combine that with the rice… … to really make for a complete mouthful in terms of flavours. I like the quality of the mutton in this Mutton Biryani. Mmmh! Sp, when you come here and order the biryani… Well, we’ve just tasted the biryanis at Nagarjuna. Biryanis were tasty, satisfying. Next we are on our way to taste the biryani at Meghana’s. So it’s two o’clock here and Meghana Biryani… … and Meghana Foods, actually is the name of the eatery… … so popular that every table here is taken and the only table we have is the table by the door. That’s where we are sitting here. My goodness! So there’s an incredible list of biryanis here. There are at least about eleven or twelve of them that I can count. So, they do a Chicken Biryani a boneless version, so we are going to taste that. Then give me on Chicken Biryani and also give me one Mutton Biryani. Nice to have this plate full of salad. A nice touch, a healthy touch especially since I’ve ordered three biryanis. And then we have the veg gravy which I found a little intrigung considering the fact that we’ve ordered a… … a Chicken and a Mutton Biryani, but nonetheless. And then we have this raita. Nicely garnished with some coriander and also some jeera seeds that I can see. So I’ve got my three biryanis here. This is the Mutton Dum Biryani. There’s some mutton pieces hiding under the rice. And the of course you have the Chicken Biryani, you can see the leg of the chicken… … that’s peeping out of this bowl of biryani. And then this is the hugely popular Meghana’s Boneless Chicken Biryani. This is I’m told, the hot seller. This outsells all other biryanis 4:1 out here at Meghana’s. Let’s taste these biryanis now/ Thank you. So this is the Meghana’s Boneless Chicken Biryani. As you can see, there’s some boneless chicken which is tossed in some masala… … which is their signature masala I’m told. And I think what makes this biryani hugely popular… … in addition to the… … to the taste of the biryani, which I have to taste… … I’m told is the fact that people can share this biryani. So, you’ve got all these tiny boneless pieces so it makes for a biryani that’s easy to share. So, this is again, a long grained rice, basmati. So, all that you see for the most part is the rice and you see flecks of coriander at the most. What I like is that each grain of the rice is separate, it’s not clumped together. Let’s taste the rice. That rice and that masala certainly delivers a kick, a spicy kick. So, this chicken is coated… … in a masala, in a light batter. So, I am sure there’s some egg that;s probaly gone into this and some spices of course. The meat is soft and the spices are gentle. In this biryani all that I can see is the rice. Of course, the rice that’s tainted… … by the colour of the masala, the spices. I can taste the masala, the masala is more in the boneless chicken pieces… … but you can’t really see any of the hard spices that would’ve gone into it. All that you see is the curry leaf and flecks of coriander, here and there. Let’s now taste the biryani, the rice and the chicken together. Mmmh! The chicken is soft and packs a flavourlful punch. Having tasting this I can certainly understand why this is as popular a biryani here. Can see this gravy is dense and rich. Taste a wee bit. I am going to taste the gravy just by itself first. Mmmh! It’s quite mellow actually, as opposed to the… … spicy kick of the biryani. The gravy is quite mellow. Mmmh! So what I think the gravy does here… … is that… … it provides a gentle relief in between tasting spicy mouthfuls of the Meghnana biryani. Mmmh! You can see that the chicken is coated in this spicy batter lending more volume to the meat. Of course, the way this biryani is served with all those boneless chunks of meat on top, it’s difficult to get… … just of the rice. But that’s what you are supposed to do, you’re supposed to… Now that I’ve polished off the Boneless Chicken Biryani… … time to taste the Chicken Dum Biryani. Thank you. So, I’ve got the Chicken Biryani now on my plate… … so there’s this leg of chicken that looks nice and juicy and then you’ve got all this rice. And what makes the rice special, flavourful is the masala that you see… … smeared in between flecks of the rice. That masala is what contains all the spices that go into making this a flavourful biryani. So, when you are tasting the biryani here at Meghana Biryani if you want less spice just taste the rice… … by itself and that carries within itself a generous dose of flavour but if you want to spike up the flavour… … find yourself some of this masala… … mix that into your rice and go for it. There’s also a tart edge, a slightly tart edge to the masala. You also taste the onions, the burnt onions, the birista that’s also in the masala. I can taste the caramelised edge of the onion… … that have been fried down to its essence, to give you savoury flavour. Mmmh! Oh, this chicken is nice and warm. Warm to the touch. And it’s cooked perfectly all the way through. As you can see, it;s cooked to the bone, just perfect. This meat certainly has the flavour all the way down to the bone. You know, typically otherwise when you’re eating chicken in a biryani, while the rice may have the flavour… … the chicken sometimes, doesn’t tend to pick up the flavour, so all that you taste is the meat… … and chicken by itself doesn’t have as much flavour but this piece of chicken here has trapped all the… … flavours of the spices, of everything that goes into this biryani making this a tasty, meaty bite! Mmmh! I must say that the biryani here… But I still need to taste the Mutton Dum Biryani here. This is the Mutton Dum Biryani here at Meghana’s. Again the rice, you see the rice and little else. You don’t see any spice floating around. You don’t see any cloves, cinnamon whatsoever. All that has gone into the masala and the essence of that… … masala is what’s gone into that rice. So, the approach to cooking the rice is quite different here. If I may say so, almpst refined in the way they… … .cook their rice. So, you don’t have bits of the spice that you bite into. I personally like that but some of you may not really relish the thought of biting into a clove. At Meghana’s you don’t have to worry about that because all that you have is the rice which has…. … trapped all the flavour of the spices of the masala. As I taste the rice for the Mutton Biryani, I can certainly taste that the masala is mellower than the… … masala that I tasted in the rice of the Chicken Biryani. Taste some of that meat now. So, I’ve got a lovely piece of meat here which has also caught some of that masala. That peels off effortlessly! That meat once again traps all the flavours of that biryani. The meat has a bit of a bite. It’s not the softest meat but then sometimes you want that piece of meat to have that bite. You want to be able to bite into it and that’s what you do with this Mutton Biryani here. Thanks to the subtle spicing of this biryani as opposed to Chicken Biryani, you can taste the flavour of the meat. Time to taste the meat with the rice. So, if you want a more savoury, masaledar mouthful, there’s certainly is plenty of the masala wrapped… … around the meat in that bowl of rice to look for. Can certainly taste, the robust spicing when you reach for that masala. So, it’s all about the spices and led by the onions, the fried onions. You don’t see it in the plate, you don’t see it in the bowl but you can certaunly taste it. So, the biryanis here at Meghana Foods, certainly leave you feeling satisfied… … and a little satiated. Because that’s how rich these biryanis are. So, what you certainly need to wrap up your biryani meal here is some of this raita. Just to help settle things down… I have just finished tasting five biryanis at Nagarjuna and Meghana Foods… … and I am feeling stuffed to say the least . So, what did I think of the biryanis? Well, I thought the biryanis at Nagarjuna and Meghana’s were unique in their own way . So, for instance the biryani in Nagarjuna, you could see the spices in the rice and that rice was flavourful… … so whether it was the Chicken Biryani or it was the Mutton Biryani, the rice had all that flavour. So, although you could see all the spices, the spicing was delicate. It’s the sort of spicing that crept up on you. Whereas, the Meghana Food’s biryanis, you couldn’t see any of the spices but you could taste the robust hit… … of the masala in the rice and you could see flecks of the masala in between the rice. It was also the ind of spicing that got you right then and there. So, it was also the sort of spicing that was more aggressive than the spicing of the biryani at Nagarjunas. I also felt that the biryani at Meghanan Foods left me feeling more fuller. In fact left me feeling a little heavier, perhaps its the number of biryanis I tasted at that point. If you’re looking for a biryani that’s big on flavour… … biryani that’s robust in its spicing, if you really like that masaledar kick… … I think then the Meghana Biryani is for you. I think the Meghana Biryani also lends itself, especially the Boneless Chicken Biryani… … with those morsels of chicken, I think it lends itself better to sharing. So, it’s the sort of biryani that you could easily share between two or three people, So, the kind of biryani would really depend on the type of biryani that you like. So, if you are looking for something that is aromatic, more delicately spiced then I think the… … the Nagarjuna Biryani fits the bill. But if you are looking for a biryani that’s robust, that’s masaledar… … and fills you up, then definitely go for the Meghana Foods Biryani . So, that’s ot for this episode of Gourmet On The Road, until the next one… … stay safe and happy eating! If you enjoyed this video, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave a comment. 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