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When rice is nice

Deez handi biryani can prove to be a good option for those who don’t want to order-in fattening junk food.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2010 00:44 IST
Sonal Kalra

Oh no, not Pizza again,” is a cry we often hear at home or office, when it’s about ordering food from outside. The thought of fattening junk food, which is not even fulfilling, is an additional burden, but one invariably goes along, for lack of choice. That’s why the invitation to try out Deez’s

handi biryani

, with promises of ‘no mess’ and ‘low cholesterol’, seemed quite tempting.

Available in sealed earthen pots in sizes that range from a small (for two people) to a ‘golden jubilee’ (for sixty), Deez’s biryani is often credited with revolutionising, in the last 20 years, the concept of home delivery of Indian food often blamed for being ‘messy’. The small handi that we ordered for came decorated with traditional red cloth, and raita on the side.

True to the claim, the biryani was piping hot even when we opened it 2 hours after delivery. We also asked for a sample of chicken biryani that turned out to be a little bland, reinforcing the old belief that true biryani is always the mutton version. The latter truly rocked, with meat being fresh and succulent and rice grains having acquired the flavour beautifully. A chat with the delivery man revealed that the meat of only male goats is used as it doesn’t smell. The dish is cooked in rice bran oil, which apparently makes it healthier, though doesn’t really make any difference to the taste. The meal turned out to be complete in itself without any need for a clumsy (and fattening) gravy. With more and more corporates also ordering for handi biryani for conferences and parties, looks like pizzas will have to make way.