So, following the Indian barber head massage escapade (watch the VID), we were told by our barber, to check out a Biryani shop, one of his favourites, just a couple of blocks down from his shop.
Having already tried Hyderabad Biryani House Brickfields, we were keen to see if this other restaurant would give that restaurant’s biryani, a run for its money.
Biryani just tastes better, eaten with hands.. agree?
When you arrive at the shop, you will notice the weekend specials, scribbled on the white board. Nothing fancy. Just either Mutton Biryani (RM16), or Chicken Biryani(RM12). So, one for @tummyleejones and one for me. First I have to give praise to the portions of Biryani. Absolutely massive.
The plates arrived along with Mirchi ka salan and Dahi chutney – fabulously spicy Biryani accompaniments. Also, my favourite, and I love soaking my long grains in this – the Dahi chutney (yogurt, mint, and onion). Baghara baingan (roasted Eggplant) is our favorite side dish actually, but they didn’t have it this time. We had deep fried vegetables instead – this was a little soft and not as crispy as we would have liked. Usually, a salad includes onion, carrot, cucumber, and lemon wedges but we didn’t get that this time either.
This style of biryani is prepared with meat marinated with spices overnight and then soaked in yogurt before cooking. The gosht (meat) is sandwiched between layers of fragrant long-grained basmati rice and part of the ritual is uncovering the chunky meat particles buried under the yellow, long grain rice.
The basmati rice was beautifully defined and fluffy and whilst I could make out the taste of onions, spices, lemon, saffron. coriander leaves etc. I found the cloves just a wee bit too over powering. I mean, there was clove in everything, from the meat marinade to the gravies.
It’s finger lickin good!
All in all, @tummyleejones preferred the previous location, as he said the Biryani rice here was dryer. I liked the generous amount of mutton meat that came in my plate, and also the they let me take as much yogurt as I liked. While prices and portions were pretty standard, I’m still not completely sold that this is the best Biryani yet.. and so the quest continues!
JD Indian Recipes
Jalan Berhala, Brickfields,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Phone:+60 18-226 4452
Hours – daily 7AM–10:30PM