It was an FBAI meet up that brought us to Dadi’s Dum Biryani. The concept of the place is quite easy to identify with. Think of the fondest memory of the most delicious dish you’ve ever tasted. It was probably cooked by your mum, a favorite aunt, a fond neighbor, a doting grandparent – someone who’s food has etched that dish in your memory of tastes forever. In this case, Dadi’s family got together to bring her delicious homemade biryanis to diners. The first outlet of Dadi’s Dum Biryani opened in Bangalore a couple of weeks back, and a few of us were invited to meet the family and dadi, as well as try this acclaimed biryani. I did try asking Dadi her recipe, but she laughed good naturedly as she referred to it as her best kept secret!
The decor of the place is quite simple – Mughal patterns on the walls, brightly lit and comfortable seating. It was in its nascent stages, and I recommend some wall art – would work well with the interiors. After a presentation on the vision and expansion plans, during which I was hungrily waiting for the biryani – our meal started with an array of appetizers. The Paneer Tikka was soft, and well done with the spices. Dahi ke Kabab was also quite good. The Rajma Galaouti looked exactly like its mutton counterpart, again quite well prepared. The Tangdi Kabab was absolutely grilled to perfection, the right texture, slightly charred as it should, with the juices and spices mixed very well. Tandoori Chicken, Mutton Seekh Kabab were nice too.
Finally, the biryanis arrived – starting with mutton, followed by vegetarian. This is not biryani made with basmati rice, well not all of it anyway, something that I had to bring myself to move past. The mutton was cooked very well, the slow cooking in dum ensured the flavors and softness was good. But the masala not evenly spread on the rice, and the type of grain didn’t work for me – I am used to Calcutta styled biryani after all.
Then I tried the vegetarian biryani. Dadi assures that there’s no non-vegetarian or any other flavors used except veg stock, but the taste was brilliant. It didn’t taste like pulao, something we usually find is the case with vegetarian biryani. The biryani was quite homely and comforting to have.
The pricing at Dadi’s Dum Biryani is quite affordable. Also the location near Christ College makes the place quite accessible and convenient. The dishes were well prepared; good portions, food was served quickly. Hence we enjoyed our whole experience. Head to Dadi’s Dum Biryani to try some of her secret recipes!