Behrouz Biryani: Worthy the hype?

In India since ages we are divided by caste, religion, ethnicity and recently trapped under lockdown. But our love for biryani unites us as a country. Fragrant long-grain pearl colour basmati rice and layered with meat and spices, make us drool by this thought. And to leverage this natural gastronomy of the Bongs, Behrouz Biryani is the latest entrant in the era of cloud kitchen in the “City of Joy”.
The brand story goes like 2000 years old traditional biryani recipe was lost when King Cyrus laid siege to the Persian kingdom of Behrouz which was later discovered by Sir James Casily. Folks behind the brand got old of this age old secret recipe and claims to recreate those flavours. I am not questioning about facts and fiction, but of course this has enhanced my marketing skills. 😀

Available in cities across India, Behrouz Biryani can be ordered using website, mobile app and food delivery partners. As shown in the sites the packaging is spic and span, big black box with Behrouz written in golden letter on it looked really royal. The box had a miniature of same black box inside for biryani with two tiny containers for mint raita and gulab jamun. Also has a pouch with a wooden spoon, tissue and mouth freshener.

In my order there were Dum Gosht Biryani (INR 451) and Lazeez Bhuna Murgh Biryani (INR 363). Aside this is there another surprise order which you will find soon.

Biryani had alluring aroma of kewra but no traces of almonds and raisins were found as shown in the website. Running fork through various layers reveals perfectly cooked decent sized boneless meat chunks laid on saffron tinged medium and long grain basmati rice and slow cooked on charcoal fire with claimed seven secret spices. There is a hint of sweetness in flavour from the fried onion.

Kolkata biryani lovers will be disappointed about high amount of spices in this and the absence of potato. Biggest disappointment is with the quality of rice, at this price range it is expected to be prepared with only long grain rice and the rice was sticking to each other. Missed the fragrance of ghee and fat from meat to enhance the flavour of the rice.

Raita was not watery but lacks the freshness of mint flavour. Gulab jamun was tough which will annoy any sweet connoisseur. Quantity of rice is more for one person but not adequate for two adults as claimed.

Good: On time delivery, royal packaging, freshly cooked and good meat quality
Bad: No dry fruits, price, quantity, rice quality, raita and gulab jamun
Ok: Taste
Worth the hype? Thanks to unique marketing strategy and 2000 years old recipe tagline creates lot of curiosity and hype. Does not worth the exorbitant pr
icing.

During the month of Ramadan I generally go out to enjoy haleem as a street food. But due to recent restrictions during lockdown was looking to order this online. Thankfully Behrouz Biryani is preparing Ghost Haleem exclusively during Ramadan.

The haleem is slow-cooked till smoothly mashed with meat, wheat, barley, gram, dry fruits and mixed with spices and onion to give it silky mushy texture. Preparation is rich and spicy with explosion of flavours. Squeeze a slice of lime on it to enhance the taste. Must try this with flat Arabian breads or Khubus came neatly packed inside the box.

Won’t claim as one of the finest haleems I ever had but a decent option of course. The portion size is unimaginably less for a price tag of INR 242.

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