Long before one-pot meals became all the rage, there existed a wide repertoire of recipes that could be cooked using a single pot. And taking the cake is undoubtedly the ‘Biryani’. The very mention of this magical word is enough to create a frenzy that food fanatics swear by. Whether it is the mild-spiced aromatic Lucknowi Biryani or Potato infused Kolkata Biryani or the fiery Hyderabadi Biryani, there is something for everyone. It is not just a food item, it is a way of life. But what is the history behind this ubiquitous dish?
History of Biryani
Contrary to popular belief, Biryani is not indigenous to India. It is believed to have originated in Persia and made its way to India through the conqueror, Timur. Also, many variations were invented by armies, who would have only a few select ingredients, condiments and utensils to cook with. They would use rice, meat and few other spices and cook them all in a pot. This slowly went on to become the famous dish.
The King of Biryani
In the year 1973, a joint specialising in Mughlai delicacies opened its doors at Grant Road, Mumbai. Over the decades, this place has reached the acme of popular culture. It is none other than Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar. This place has been pleasing the taste-buds of people ever since.
As the name suggests, Jaffer Gulam Mansuri, is the man behind the restaurant. He is not only a cook, he is also a connoisseur of good food. He is very proud of the fact that he can cook every item on the menu. He firmly believes that the freshness of the ingredients characterise the quality of the output. With such passion and love for food, the success of this place was inevitable.
The basic food philosophy behind this place is Mughlai. Although most of the items on the menu are very popular, the following are the most sought after.
- Mutton/Chicken Biryani
- Mutton Nihari
- Chicken Shahi Korma
- Mutton Mughlai
- Dum Gosht
- Murg Musallam
- Mutton Khichda
- Chicken Kepsa Rice(Arabian)
- Raan Kepsa Rice(Arabian)
Jaffer Bhai’s has something for everybody. It also has Chinese cuisine and vegetarian fare. But who cares about that. When a Mughlai or Arabian dish is placed in front of you, its subtle yet distinct aromas wafting towards you, you just dive in. Give in to its pleasures. Because not always will you find food prepared to perfection and with so much love. Each ingredient is carefully chosen for your eating pleasure. What else can you do but surrender to the surreal goodness of this place!