It’s been a year since I’ve been a resident of the City Of Joy, I have been joyously gorging onto the delights that the streets have offered to me. Traveling hither and tither, I had stumbled across, the pot of GOLD.
With luscious long grain rice, succulent pieces of mutton, a grand potato and an egg, The Kolkata Biryani managed to “take my breathe and take my whole life too” with it’s splendid taste and rich presentation.
Legend has it, back in May, 1856 the 10th Nawab of Oudh, Wajid Ali Shah, came to Kolkata (then Calcutta) after he was dethroned by the British. The man was robbed off all his comfort and riches but he had brought along his cooks. Now the cooks had found out that meat was pretty expensive at that time and hence they added in Potatoes in order to give a richer look to the rice and they indeed succeeded to do so.
But historians have also come up with a popular speculation where the descendants of the Nawabs claim that the Potato was considered as an exotic vegetable at that time and hence were added to the rice dish.
Even though Hyderabadi Biryani has been under the spot light for quite some time, Kolkata Biryani has been making its mark in the bellies of many a foodie bunch. Usually every Indian Biryani mainly focuses on the use of heavy and robust masalas, but in the case of Kolkata Biryani, the spice factor is lighter and the preparation is done in a huge Handi, and within layers we can find the goodness and soothing aroma of the Biryani.
The Kolkata Biryani is another version of the Awadhi Biryani and the only difference between the two is the ALOO! The potatoes help maximise the volume of the dish and let’s be straight on this part my fellow mates, we will all fight each other when it comes to the aloo and who gets to grab it.
This style of Biryani can be found in abundance in the streets of Kolkata but if you want to taste the real magic then feel free to rush to the Royal Indian Hotel, which is the oldest Biryani restaurant in Kolkata and has not tweaked their Biryani recipe since the last three generations of its inauguration. Arsalan and Aminia are two other options which make lip smacking Biryanis. And if you’re into Home Delivery, the feel free to try out the “sinful biryani” which will be served right at your doorstep by Kabuliwala!
So what are you waiting for? Forward march to the conquest of meeting the secret superstar!