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Get high on biryani

ON A PLATTER: Different varieties of delicacies at the biryani festival that commenced at Aithe restaurant in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

ON A PLATTER: Different varieties of delicacies at the biryani festival that commenced at Aithe restaurant in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar  

Aithe... anni biryanilu oke la undavu! Rings a bell?

Well, it's an eye-catching slogan, which grabs the attention the moment you see the board displayed outside a hotel at Gandhinagar centre. Strangely though, Aithe is the name of the hotel, which derives the punchy slogan from a Tollywood flick, Aithe, with a slogan Anni cinemalu oke la undavu.

The relaxed ambience of the place is popular with the middle class people who do not have to think twice about the price before stepping in. Adding zing to the palate with awesome delicacies of chicken, mutton and prawn, B. Ramachandra, owner of the hotel, decided to celebrate the first anniversary of the eat-out by inviting people for a 15-day biryani festival, which commenced on Sunday.

The visitors can revel in 18 different delicacies of biryanis, including the lip-smacking chiken-65, ginger chicken, chicken Manchuria, butter chicken, boneless chicken, chicken drumstick, chicken mogalai, korramenu biryani, Japan prawn biryani, Indian prawn biryani, chicken liver biryani, chicken joint biryani, mutton dum biryani and bommidala biryani.

Amazingly, a single cook from Maharashtra, Mukesh, manages the whole show with the assistance of a few others.

"The place has a speciality because they use the right kind of ingredients to get the original taste of a specific variety," says Sk. Salim, a businessman savouring his chicken mogalai biryani. Salim is a regular customer of Aithe, but never had an occasion for a complaint. Ramachandra is enthused by the huge crowds thronging the place on the first day of the festival and fervently hopes that the flow would continue at the same pace.

Innovatively flavoured with tantalizing aromas and packed with exotic spices, the festival promises an enticing treat to all biryani buffs. So guys, it's time to get high on biryani!

By P. Sujatha Varma

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