Best Biryani in Delhi
Biryani is a poultry/meat based rice dish which is prepared in an earthenware pot where the lid is sealed with dough to ensure that all the spices, flavours & aromas are soaked in. This dish has survived the test of time & today it is a much sought after dish all over India. Delhi is filled with places, from 5-star hotels to local street vendors based in the bylanes of Old Delhi, NFC & Matka Pir Dargah etc. where you can find the most amazing Biryanis.
Located in ITC Maurya, this restaurant is considered one of the best restaurants in Delhi and is known for its bringing forth intense flavours and leisurely luxury of slow cooked food made from authentic recipes garnered from the royal kitchens of Awadh. Their Hyderabadi Kachhi Gosht Ki Biryani is a hit with everyone. A meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 3000.
Dum Pukht | Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi-21 | More Info
This restaurant is a tribute to the much celebrated Hyderabadi Cuisine where authentic recipes prepared by those who have mastered the craft of blending the spices, grains, meats, vegetables & cooking style to perfection is found. Their Subz Dum Biryani (vegetarian) & Kacchey Gosht ki Biryani (non-vegetarian) are the must haves here. A meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 1500.
The Golconda Bowl | 22, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi-16 | More Info
This is a very small eatery located in the Elaichiwali Gali in Old Delhi & serves divine Biryanis. Each of their Biryanis is prepared the whole night on low flame to ensure the right mixture of flavours & aroma comes through. Served from 9 AM to 2 PM, a meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 200.
Haji Noor Mohammed Biryaniwale | Elaichi Wali Gali, Near Turkman Gate, New Delhi-06 | More Info
In the lanes of Nizamuddin, you will come across this modest outlet which serves the best Mutton Biryani in town, cooked effortlessly in humongous steel pots. You can't miss this place, as the smell of the food will lead you right to it. The Biryani with its succulent pieces of meat and aromatic rice is best enjoyed with their chutney. A meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 200-300.
Nasir Iqbal | 268-A, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi-13 | More Info
Andhra Bhavan is known for its awesome & affordable South Indian fare where on any given day, you are likely to find the place jam packed with hungry souls. Besides its mouth-watering Thalis available everyday, we highly recommend visiting this canteen on a Sunday afternoon, as only then will you be able to try their famed Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani where each strain of rice is aromatic and full of flavour. A meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 200.
Andhra Bhavan | 1, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | More Info
Deez is famous all over Delhi for their Biryanis. They have outlets in CP, Naraina, Dwarka, Noida, Defence Colony & DLF. Their menu includes Haryali Chicken Biryani, Ali Chicken Biryani, Boneless Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani & Chalu Biryani etc. A meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 500.
Deez Biryani & Kebabs | M-13 Middle Circle Punj House, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01 | More Info
This place serves the best Biryani outside Old Delhi sealed in handis and is prepared just as it was back in the day during the Mughal rule however, this is more of a takeaway and you have to place your order at least 3 hrs in advance if ordering in bulk. One kg of Mutton/Chicken Biryani will cost you approximately Rs 450-550. A plate of Chicken Biryani will cost you Rs 50.
Alkakori Alkauser has three outlets & not all of them have seating arrangements. It is the place to head to, if you are looking for delicious & affordable Biryanis that are cooked in the original ‘Dum’ technique. Mutton, Chicken & Veg options are available although the Mutton Biryani is by far the best with its long aromatic rice grains and succulent pieces of mutton, cooked in a Handi (earthen pot) & served with Mutton Korma. Their Kakori Kababs are also to die for! A meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 400.
Zambar is a much loved restaurant which is known for serving rich and authentic cuisine from the legendary spice coast. Their Prawn Coastal Biryani is surely one of the best seafood biryanis in town. It has a remarkable flavour with soft cooked tender prawn pieces that leave you completely tranquilized. A meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 1500.
Zambar | Ground Floor, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon-10 | More Info
Zambar on the Moon | D-16, Defence Colony, New Delhi-24 | More Info
This modest eatery is known for its mouth-watering and fragrant Biryanis all over Gurgaon. Do try their Hyderabadi Dum Biryani which is prepared using ages old techniques and is served along with Dahi ki Chutney and Mirchi ka Salan - an irresistible combination. A meal for two will cost you approximately Rs 750
Biryani Blues | B-204, Upper Ground Floor, Supermart 1, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon-02 | More Info
Biryani Blues | FF 17, First Floor, Ninex City Mart, Sohna Road, Gurgaon-02
Also Check out: Delhi 6 in Paharganj, however they only deliver (Minimum order required).
I'm surprised the writer has not mentioned that Noor Mohd. Biryani (Turkman Gate) is actually Bade ki Biryani, meaning made of buffalo meat. It's quality has deteriorated. Its plain bad. Smelly uncooked bad buffalo meat with left-over burnt oil. Yuck!
Readers who don't detest eating Buffalo meat may instead try Bade ki Biryani at the following places:
1- Babban Pehalwan Biryani inside Gali Kucha Rehman, Chandni Chowk. From 12 noon onwards till around 2 pm.
2- Sangam biryani run by the sons of famous Kabab maker of old Delhi- Moinuddin. Location Opp: Hamdard Dawakhana, Lal Kuan. From 10:30 am onwards till around 2 pm.
3- Shafeeq Bhai Biryani wala. Punjabi Fatak, Ballimaran.
4- Taufeeq Biryani wala at Haveli Azam Khan, Chitli Qabar, Dariyaganj. Avalaible all day.
5- Raju Biryaniwala. Corner of Gali Thelewali , Bara Hindu Rao. Very authentic Delhi style Biryani cooked with fresh veil meat. 11am onwards till 1 pm.
6- Chaman Biryaniwala. Off. Masjid Bara Hindu Rao. From 12 noon onwards. Is spicier version of Delhi biryani.
Cost of biryani for 1,2,3 is 120 per KG while 4, 5 & 6 is 140 Rupees for a KG of Biryani. For more information and discussion on Delhi street food readers may drop me a line at :