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12 Places to have delicious Biryani in Bengaluru

Ending 2017 on a Biryani note! It’s that time of the year to pen down our favorite Biryani places. Biryani exploration is what excites us the most – the joy of going out and discovering places is something that keeps us going. Last year we had listed 6 lesser-known joints, but this year’s list just grew bigger! To make things more interesting, we have teamed up with Pawan Krishna aka Tindipotha for the same. Here are some of our favorite Biryani picks for 2017 in Namma Bengaluru!

 

Old is Gold:

Shivaji Military Hotel, Banashankari

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One of the iconic places which has been serving delicious biryani for decades to the people of Namma Bengaluru. The aromas from the kitchen has the power to make people wait for hours! Spicy biryani and a big list of starters are the only things that put a smile on our faces 🙂
Price for 2: ₹500
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/T69no2Q9AvF2

NV Naidu Hotel, KR Market

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Spot in the heart of the Market, NV Naidu Hotel is been serving biryani since 1969! A small place located on the busiest streets of Bengaluru is no short of surprises. Biryani, Dose, and Kaal Soup is common to all tables. What better way to start your day?
Available for Breakfast: Yes
Price for 2: ₹600
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/iTJi4uq4aYQ2

Shivajinagar Gardi Ustad, Shivajinagar

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Akhada turned into a restaurant. Shivajinagar Gardi Ustad Pehlwan Kale Bhai Biryani is probably one of the oldest places in Bengaluru, serving only lunch, a limited menu consisting of biryani rice, side dishes (chicken, mutton, and fish) all week long. On Fridays, they add Mutton Biryani which gets people standing in the queue!
Price for 2: ₹400
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/b9r4MmyjmhM2

Newly Explored:

Hotel Sahana, Wilson Garden

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Recently explored place, which left us all in biryani coma. Hotel Sahana is located near Wilson Garden, a hotel which serves some of the best preparations in non-veg. Keema, Chops, and Biryani were just excellent! There’s something about their sherwa which made us go for another round of biryani.
Price for two: ₹300
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BBjX896pSRN2

Halli Jonne Biryani, Jayanagar

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Halli Jonne is the next place that gets super crowded easily on weekdays as well! It’s nearby Cool Joint, and anyone passing by can spot the place because of the aromas. Tasty Biryani, less on spices but had me going for a second serving! Chicken fry, on the other hand, was a hit, a better companion to biryani. Suggested for early lunch.
Price for 2: ₹400
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/APuzvN2ARst

Amba Bhavani, Basavagudi

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A hidden gem of South Bengaluru which has a deadly combination of kaal soup (paaya soup) with idly or dose. They also have a good batch of mutton starters & of course a unique mutton biryani (typical Bengaluru pulav). They’ve biryani for breakfast on Sundays.
Available for Breakfast: Yes, on Sundays.
Price for 2: ₹450
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/6yaoeacCJGT2

Papanna’s Biryani, Banaswadi

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Papanna’s is one of our go-to places for biryani. We keep going back for their nati-style biryani! We’ve had two or three of the same from a local place but nothing comes closer to the one served here. And not to forget their daily changing menu for starters!
Price for 2: ₹400
Location 1: https://goo.gl/maps/9TwLdZCnek32
Location 2: https://goo.gl/maps/6uGMf13C2j72

Anand Dum Biryani, Hoskote

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3days a week and breakfast only – this place surely knows how to wake up people and make them drive outside the city for delicious biryani and paya soup. They start around 6-6:30 with approx of 1400servings. Sooner you reach, the better chances of getting a plate of Biryani.
Available for Breakfast: Yes (Tuesday, Friday & Sunday)
Price for 2: ₹500
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/a382Ve6z1eT2

Shivaji Military Hotel, Sahakaranagar

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The one to look over in this place is the authentic mysuru style mutton pulav which is extremely good considering its quality and quantity. They also offer nati style chicken and mutton fry with mudde (ragi ball) and much more. Recommended visiting for a lunch.
Price for 2: ₹500
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/M7FbgWbVLn72

Chandrappa Hotel, Mathikere

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Known for their signature pork dishes, this probably is the best place to have nati style pork in namma Bengaluru. All the pork dishes are exclusive. Pork biryani is a must try here. Other than that they also have some 5 chicken and mutton starters and biryani.
Price for 2: ₹400
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/kjGqUmLNHBG2

Sri Banashankari Donne Biryani, Banashankari

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This place has a very unique and delicious donne biryani, varieties of lip-smacking chicken and mutton starters. And also do visit here on a Sunday morning and try idly & leg soup combo. Not to forget the breakfast biryani! 😋
Price for 2: ₹300
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/WXiRbCh8NiC2

Sharief Bhai, Koramangala

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5 meals in last 2 weeks – This tells you how much we love the biryani here! Sharief Bhai focuses on Muslim cuisine and brings in the decade-old recipes, homemade spices and ghee to the table. They are open till 2am, so say ‘yes’ to midnight cravings 😀
Price for 2: ₹500
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/PYvocVTdMk12

PS – Do you also love biryani just like us? If yes, are you a part of Bengaluru Biryani Club? If not, where have you been? They organize meets to bring Biryani lovers together to share everything related to biryani!

Credits  Nagesh Vasu for Video, Bhoomika Vinay for Sharief Bhai Image and  Harshavardhana Reddy for Cover Image.

Suggestions – Help us to explore more if you know places which serves tasty Biryani by filling this form https://goo.gl/forms/MdbMs1tRqd2CFp9i2 🙂

Disclaimer – We are not saying they are the best, but some good places we’ve come across! Prices are subjected to change on how much you plan on eating! We aren’t affiliated with any of these restaurants. And also we’ve visited all these places on our own, many times before making this post. Our fat bellies and empty wallets are the proof of same 😛

Happy Burping 😀

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Band Baaja Barbeque

What if you could really get to eat a wedding feast without having to wait for someone to get married? From golgappas to tangdi kabab, from grills to shadi ka biryani, from rasgulla to kulfis. Too good to be true for anyone, but not anymore.

You heard us right, Barbeque Nation is hosting a wedding themed festival, majorly based on the popular dishes served at a wedding.

The entire ambiance gave the feel of a typical wedding scene and the music can make anyone start dancing! The waiters were dressed up in the traditional wear and this is one of the reasons why we are regulars at Barbeque Nation – they take care of the tiniest detail.
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Barbeque Nation is known for its DIY on the grill, so without much further ado – we started off with some Pardesi piya ke Paneer Wale Tikke and Taka Tak Mushroomi Mausi on the grill. Of the both, mushroom turned out to be my fav because of it’s stuffing. Crispy Corn and Cajun Spiced Potato are the dishes we look forward to each time when we are at Barbeque Nation.
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Non-Veg starters were as good as veg counterparts with Nawabi Jija ke Gosht Seekh and Amritsari Fufa ji ki Machliyan. Not to forget the Tangdi Chicken! Perfectly cooked, tender and customised spice level – nothing can go wrong!
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The main course had a variety of dishes! Started off with some Chilli Chicken and Noodles before moving onto BIRYANI! Delicious chicken biryani after a long day of work is just what I needed.
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Do we like to finish in style? Definitely! I love the kulfi’s at BN and who’s to stop us? Paan’s my all time fav. Apart from this, we also had rasgulla, brownie, and the humble vanilla ice cream :p
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The festival is on from 26th Oct to 12th Nov, so book your tables now and visit the nearest outlet (Indiranagar, JP Nagar, Lido Mall, Koramangala, Kalyan Nagar, Marathahalli, Rajajinagar, Electronic City and Whitefield).

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Say yes to local food!

We live in a time where the international foods are more easily available compared to local food! It’s so easy to order food these days, but none of them deliver the local street food. Local food/street food needs a lot of exploration, nothing comes easy especially when there’s no online presence of them! It is purely based on the word-of-mouth and personal experience.

I happen to live in one of the oldest neighborhood of Bengaluru, and this basically means there are food establishments from even before my parents moved in. While they tend to serve the larger crowd, there are quite a few underrated places which serve tasty dishes! So here’s a small write-up dedicated to people who are responsible for getting me out of the home because food-delivery apps don’t have them.

First up is a bajji cart at Malleshwaram. A tiny cart, serving varieties of bajji with spicy mint chutney which doesn’t cost you more than ₹2 for a piece. It tastes so good that even the politicians can’t stop themselves from grabbing a bite! The cart has been around almost 10years (or maybe even old) and I’ve been a regular for almost 3years now.
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Next is a chat shop at Malleshwaram, again. I was introduced to this place by a friend. A small place on a corner of the street which serves Masala Puri, Bhel Puri, Dhai Puri and a lot more. While the taste is nothing extraordinary, the staff are the reason why I keep going back. Super friendly and they ensure the customers have a good experience all the time!
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Last one on the list a biryani place we landed at while we were exploring the streets of Shivajinagar. The place had a rustic vibe, filled with people and aroma of sheek kababs! While some came in, finished their meals and left, others surrounded the biryani-guy outside waiting for their take away. They serve Ambur biryani, but what caught our taste buds was the juicy kababs.
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We live in a time where international foods are more easily available compared to local food! It’s so easy to order food these days, but none of them delivers local street food. This is where Nouns come in. It’s a new app which basically operates around the idea of bringing the local street food to the internet! I’ve been using the app for quite some time and I must say it’s pretty amazing. Being able to find local food on the internet is something I was waiting for a very long time! Download the android app @ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nouns&rdid=com.nouns

Featured Image and Third Image Credits: Abhilash Pavuluri

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Delicacies from Dilli @ Helloo Delhi

Helloo Delhi is relatively a new restaurant located in Koramangala 4th Block. This is the second branch after serving at HSR layout for quite some time. Helloo Delhi is known for serving quality and close-to-authentic food with no complications. I was here with 3 foodie friends for a weekday lunch on an invite to try their menu.

One thing I’ve learnt from visiting north Indian restaurant is that the taste of lassi would decide the rest of the menu. Helloo Delhi nailed it for me with Pisteywali Lassi – creamy, flavourful, bits of Pistachios and perfect sweet! Pisteywali  Lassi pretty much set a tone for the afternoon. Next up was Chaas, simple and refreshing drink. An appetizer that many tend to complicate while Helloo Delhi has figured it out. We ended up ordering more Chaas throughout 🙂
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We continued our lunch with Tangri Kabab – I absolutely loved this! Spices on point and tandoor gave it a crisp covering. This is a must try! Amritsar Soya Bean Chops, a dish on similar lines of Tangri kabab in terms of flavors. HellooDelhi Murgh Tikka is their signature dish. It’s got great flavors, as all of them are prepared in-house!
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Mutton Sheek Kabab is one of the common preparations nowadays, but each restaurant adds a unique touch and Helloo Delhi does it in a special clay pot rather than the normal fire top stand. Not to forget about Bhuna Murgh Tikka, my second favorite dish after Tangri Kabab. A tandoor cooked with Indian spices is always a yay for me!
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This is one of those places which got me filled with appetizers, so had to choose a light main course. All of these thoughts vanished when I saw Garlic Butter Naan and Murgh Makkanwala. I mean, who can stop themselves from having a hot naan and creamy gravy? And it doesn’t stop there. Next was Mirchi Paratha and Keema Mattar. By the time I finished this, I barely had any space. I’m not a morning person, but when friends call for a biryani meet – I’ll be the first one to arrive. Similar situation: I rushed through roti and curries, so I could try some of the aromatic Murgh Biryani. Hot, spicy and went great with Murgh Tikka Lababdar. This wrapped up the main course for me, while my friends indulged in other dishes.
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As we all know, no Indian meal is complete without desserts. Delhi ki Cassata is a must try if you love icecreams! Another notable mention is Rasmalai which gave the perfect end!
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Helloo Delhi has a widespread menu and maintains the taste through all dishes. I wish there was a way to extend my appetite, so I could try some more of their recipes! Loved the entire experience and I’ll definitely be back for more 🙂

Cost: ₹800 for two people.

Click here to get Directions on Google Map.

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Biryani a day, keeps me yaay! 

There are days when I wake up to the essence of Biryani, courtesy of mom (of course*). But then there are days when mom’s out of station and I just crave them. I’m a fan of the regular joints such as Shivaji, Paradise, Meghana, and Nagarjuna. But the love to discover local/lesser known places never fades. This blog post is a result of the exploration. Here are 6 lesser-known joints which serve scrumptious biryani in Namma Bengaluru.

Srinagar Kabab Center
Also known as Celtrapolis, is located near Srinagar Bus Stand. They serve pudina flavored biryani, both mutton, and chicken along with few other gravy recipes. Don’t forget to order a plate of chili chicken too!
Price for two: ₹300
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/XJkpsTi5ijG2

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New Gowda’s Fried Chicken
Also known as GFC, is famous among the locals for being featured on a regional TV show. The biryani served here is kinda mid-way between Donne and Ambur! Kabab is the side dish you can get here.
Price for 2: ₹250
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/dJvdL5dYuEE2
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SGS Non-Veg/Akkipete Biryani
I guess this is the only place I’ve been hogging since my childhood. Back then as takeaways and now as breakfast 😀 Menu is pretty simple with just the Chicken Biryani and Rice.
Price for 2: ₹200
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/onghJZYBg3B2

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Papanna’s Biryani
Lazy Evenings = No Cooking = Papanna Time 😀 Andhra style and Naati Style Biryani are one of tastiest in the neighborhood! And not to forget the daily changing sides menu and Mutton Biryani (limited to Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday*), makes it different from other places.
Price for 2: ₹300
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/MqNHja2KjEvPapanna.jpg

Sri Maruthi Hotel
My breakfast Adda on weekends! It’s a Pudina flavored biryani, looks similar to the one served at Srinagar Kabab Center but entirely different taste-wise. You can also try their Dose and Paratha with chili chicken.
Price for 2: ₹300
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/zZZrnjiC2ev

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Biryani Day
In and around Malleshwaram, this is my best bet! Even though there are a lot of places, but none of them had me going back except for this place. They serve donne biryani and the menu has a couple of sides too.
Price for 2: ₹300
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/apLpdQgZfHT2B-Day.jpg

Disclaimer – Prices are subjected to change on how much you plan on eating! I ain’t affiliated with any of these restaurants. And also I’ve visited all these places on my own, many times before making this post. I’m not saying they are the best, but few of the good places I’ve come across! My fat belly and an empty wallet is the proof of the same 😛

Happy Burping 😀

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Dilli Wali Khau Galli Festival – BARBEQUE NATION

What if you could really get to eat the Dilli’s good food, say from Golgappa to Chole Kulche, from Jamoon to Shahi Tukda, from Mughlai dum biriyani to Akbar Ali kabab under one roof? Sounds interesting!

You heard us right, BBQ Nation is celebrating Dilli Wali Khau Galli Festival, majorly based on Delhi’s cuisine. With fellow food lovers, we were happy to be a part of this food festival.

The Delhi setup starts right from the door and continues to the interiors, paintings of Dilli’s famous monuments and colorful flyers. The menu brought the best of Dilli dishes from chats to biryani!

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Mango Punch, Gleeche and few other appetizers to start off the evening. Continued with Chats Counter hosted a variety of Dilli’s street food like Golgappa, Dhai Vada, Hariyali Kebab, Chole Kulche and Dahi Papdi. It was a level apart from what you find in streets of Bangalore.

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Barbeque Nation is known for its DIY on the grill and with the fest going on, it just got better. Veg starters had Pudina Ananas ki Tikke, Tandoori Malai Kumbh and Dhelvi Panner on grill, Cajun Spiced Potato and Dahi Kebab off the grill. Marination had a touch of Delhi spices. As always Crispy Corn is one thing we’ll never get tired of.

Non-Veg starters were as good as veg counterparts with Surkh Fish Tikka, Murgh Angaara and Nimoda Jhinga on grill. Dilli Dhaba Murgh and Mutton Adraki Seekh off the grill. DDM was perfectly cooked, tender and with spices being on the point stood out from the rest.

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The main course had a variety of dishes! It left us confused with what to choose and what to skip. Pot Biryani/Pulao like Sarai Ki Mughlai Dum, Paneer Biriyani and Chandini Chowk ki Subz biryani were the best among all. Aloo Katliya was a new take on potato, with slices boiled and tossed with spices which gave a unique punch.

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Who doesn’t have a separate appetite for desserts? Shahi Tukda and Galiyon ki Firni caught our attention because of its great texture and flavors. Apart from these, there were Jamoon, Blueberry Cheesecake, Dark Brownie, Fruit Gataux, Tiramisu and Ice Cream. They tasted as yummy as they sound.

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It was just not about food and decor, but it was also about entertaining the crowd. The music and dance kept the whole atmosphere bright.

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Come and be a part of Dilli Wali Khau Galli Festival. Visit any of the outlets (Lido Mall, Indiranagar, Koramangala, Whitefield, Kammanahalli and Electronic City) before 7th August to dine on exclusive Delhi dishes without having to travel to Delhi.

Three cheers to the entire team and happy helpers who served us extremely well at the Lido Mall Outlet 🙂