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Brimming with flavours

A LAVISH SPREAD Chicken biryani offered by Bikkgane Biryani

A LAVISH SPREAD Chicken biryani offered by Bikkgane Biryani   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Bikkgane is the latest to join the list of biryani hotspots in Delhi-NCR that gladden your heart

An old friend is my go-to person when it comes to food. She lets me know when something interesting comes her way. So, when some days ago she mentioned a biryani place in Connaught Place, I thought it had to be tried out.

The name of the restaurant is Bikkgane Biryani. It has branches across the city and the NCR — from several outlets in Gurugram to Noida and Dwarka. I did some research and found that the food is mostly Andhra, though they have a few other dishes, too, such as Chettinad specials.

The menu sounded good. They have mutton sikampuri, nargisi kabab, prawn dry roast and Andhra prawns. There is also Andhra mutton curry and Chettinad chicken. Vegetarians can have, among other dishes, Andhra dal fry, muttar mushroom, kaju tomato and vegetable kurma. For dessert, there is double ka meetha and khumani ka meetha.

I asked for a plate of chicken biryani (full, ₹646), Andhra mutton fry (₹341) and kaju chicken (₹314). I ordered from Zomato, so this was with a discount.

The food arrived, well packed in plastic containers, in less than an hour. Our dinner that evening turned out to be rather nice, and I must thank my friend for bringing Bikkgane to my notice.

Kaju tomato and vegetable kurma

Kaju tomato and vegetable kurma  

The chicken biryani, strangely, came in two separate containers, and were of two kinds. One portion was hot and spicy, and the other nicely mild. I had both, and the opinion at home was divided on what was better. One liked the mild one, one liked the spicy one, and the third liked them both. The rice was long-grained and had a nice aroma to it, while the chicken pieces were large and juicy. I had my biryani with the spicy salan that it came with, and enjoyed it thoroughly.

The Andhra mutton had all the sharp flavours of a good mutton dry — redolent with large red chillies and crispy curry leaves. The kaju chicken was a surprise, for it had a taste that was mildly Chinese. I suppose that was because the dish had a light sweet touch, which I rather liked. And the plump fried pieces of cashew nuts added to the taste.

This is a place that I hope to keep going back to. I want to try out their sikampuri kabab and the nargisi kabab, for I am curious to know what the latter is all about. I have had nargisi kofta, which is quite a favourite dish of mine, for it has both egg and minced meat, but not nargisi kababs. And the prawn roast and Andhra mutton curry certainly sound good.

The centralised number for Bikkgane biryani is 8468005769. The address for the outlet in CP is P 2/90 Connaught Place, opposite Rivoli cinema.

Delhi is becoming quite a biryani hub now. Every market, and even neighbourhood, boasts of a biryani outlet. And while that’s good news for biryani lovers, it also means you have to hunt out the good ones from the heap of average or highly-avoidable ones. Bikkgane, thankfully, is among those that gladden your heart.

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