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Biryani unlimited

Indulge in biryanis and khurchan at the Waterside Café, Taj Banjara


BIRYANI, THE staple dish of the twin cities is a ubiquitous one, which people never tire of eating. With a population waiting to dig into biryani all the time, it's no wonder that the culinary expertise of chefs is put to test often. For, the repertoire has widened from the usual kachi gosht ki biryani and the tarkari biryani to exotic ones. Taj Banjara has capitalised on this craze for the dish as well as the holiday season to have a khurchan and biryani festival (only for dinner) at Waterside Café till May 23.

"This festival is an add-on to the regular buffet. In other words people get the choice to sample this along with the buffet. We have about eight different biryanis (four veg and four non-veg) every day. And the dishes are changed every day. We have tried to create ones with different flavours. Since the families come in the evening as it is holiday time we decided to have it for dinner," says Sanjay Vij, Executive Chef.

A tawa fare (khurchan) is simultaneously created for the gourmet. "Khurchan (one veg and non-veg each) is made each day and it is served with or without rice. It is made at a live counter. This has proved to be popular and we have women asking about the process of tawa cooking. The popularity of tawa food has made us think about organising a tawa food fest perhaps in winter," says Chef Vij.

For the connoisseur it is tasting time indeed. Unusual biryanis like Gulesthan (loaded with dry fruits), Vilaitti makkai (American baby corn), shabnam (made of paneer), paneer tikka, hariyali (having a layer of crisp spinach), pyazi (with three different layers of onions - circa onion, onion pakoda and sliced onion), kali moti (with black chana), Akbari, tandoori murgh, machli Amritsari, Malabar mutton, Koorgi, year (prawns) and so on are dished out. And one can eat four biryanis each in veg and non-veg sections as part of the buffet or indulge only in biryani and khurchan. The whole buffet is priced at Rs. 425 plus taxes.

If you are a biryani freak then get to the Waterside Café, Taj Banjara by May 23 or otherwise you will miss the festival.

R.R

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