Biryani is one of those dishes with universal appeal. No matter which part of the country you go to, there is some variation of this popular meal that is unique to that region. And if you’re in Bengaluru, the regional influences of culture and food has led to the city becoming a thriving spot for different styles of biryani. We list out several places you can order in from, whether it’s a fiery Andhra-style biryani to a gently-spiced dum cooked biryani or even a lesser-known mamsa (mutton) pulao
Where to order biryani from in Bengaluru
Karavalli, Vivanta Bengaluru Residency Road
This celebrated restaurant needs no introduction. Showcasing southwest coastal cuisine with flair is executive chef Naren Thimmaiah. With his use of traditional cooking techniques, he spotlights lesser-known dishes from across this region. You can now enjoy some of these specialties in the comfort of your home, including the popular Moplah Chemeen Biryani—a prawn biryani from the Malabar Muslim community, served with a dry coconut chutney, crisp lentil flakes and yoghurt relish. It’s one of the restaurant’s bestsellers. Order via the Qmin app or Call: 1800 266 7646
If you’re looking for flavourful biryani, Nagarjuna is a popular pick. Dig into the traditional Andhra-style mutton or chicken biryani flecked with chillies, Southern spices and served with a side of raita. Available on Zomato and Swiggy.
Set up in 2006 and serving Andhra-style fare in a no-frills setting, Meghana has its loyalists. There is a whole variety on offer, from the special chicken biryani to mutton or prawn variants and a dum aloo biryani, among others. Often frequented by college students and families, it now has several outlets spread across the city. Available on Zomato and Swiggy.
Bengaluru Oota Company
Divya Prabhakar and Vishal Shetty is the duo behind this venture that draws inspiration from their Mangalorean and Gowda roots. What’s unique is their use of family recipes that have passed down the generations. While many prefer to visit the tasting room housed in a bungalow, you can now order in these specialties as well. And if there is only one thing you order, make it the mamsa pulao—a Gowda-style rice dish flavoured with spices and succulent chunks of mutton that’s specially sourced from Bannur. It’s the fatty quality of this meat that lends this dish its unique flavour. The biryani is best paired with pachadi served on the side. They also do a Southern-style prawn or chicken biryani and vegetarian options include a raw jackfruit biryani. Pre-order a day in advance. Delivery via services like Dunzo or Swiggy Genie. Call: 09448302628
ITC Hotels – biryani and pulao collection
Fragrant biryanis with recipes sourced from around the country make up this specially-curated menu launched by ITC Hotels. You can choose from flavourful options like the chemmeen pulao with southern spices and paired with onion pachadi, Bohri gosht biryani, that’s loaded with prunes and potatoes and finished with fried cashew nuts and saffron, and a Serai ki biryani which is said to have been created for the Mughal army back in the day, with succulent chunks of mutton. Also popular is the bibi ka murgh pulao as well as konaseema kodi pulao. Polish these off with a side of mirch baingan ka salan or raitas like anaar kheera, onion pachadi and sarson raita. Available on Zomato and Swiggy. You can also order these from the ITC F&B app.
Huma Ali is a veteran in this business, having started out some 25 years ago. Interestingly, it wasn’t biryani but Continental fare like lasagnas, tarts and salads that people would order from her back then. Having learnt the art of cooking biryani from her mother-in-law, Ali is now much in demand for her Bengaluru-style dum biryani also known as the shaadi ki biryani—spiced fragrant rice, layered and slow-cooked with marinated chunks of meat or chicken. She also offers a Hyderabadi, Bombay and Lucknowi-style biryani, and a jackfruit or paneer variant as vegetarian options. Minimum order of half a kilo for biryanis. Delivery through services like Dunzo and Swiggy Genie. Call: 09844074798
Home chef Arshiya Khatoon and her husband Sajid launched their cloud kitchen 22S, after dabbling in delivering their home-style biryanis informally for a number of years. The menu is compact: it offers a classic mutton and chicken biryani, served with a spicy brinjal saalan and raita. There is also a vegetarian biryani, which comes equally recommended. The name is inspired by the 22 spices that typically go into her biryanis. Apart from this, she also offers a Lucknowi and Kutchi-style biryani. Available on Zomato and Swiggy.
With a legacy of 130 years, this brand’s history traces back to a certain Hussain Baig who developed the secret recipe, initially selling biryani from his home. Fast-forward to today, the biryani’s popularity has spread far and wide with several outlets across the southern part of the country. Loyalists keep coming back for the authentic mutton biryani, which may be gently spiced but hits home with strong notes of ginger and garlic. It’s typically served with brinjal curry on the side. Available on Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo.
This Chettinad-cuisine restaurant does a whole range of biryanis. The star of the show is the TN 63 mutton biryani that makes use of seeraga samba rice, slow-cooked with whole spices and marinated meats. Also on offer is the nattu kozhi biryani, chicken 65 biryani and seafood variants. Available on Zomato and Swiggy.