Tasting Zafrani Biryani @Paradise Food Court Indiranagar-Bengaluru


Paradise food court located at Indirangar-Bengaluru, hosted me to the exotic Zafrani Biryani Festival on 22nd FEB. The 64-year-old legacy brand synonymous with Hyderabadi Biryani, announced  'Zafrani Biryani Festival' across all its outlets in Bengaluru, Hyderbad and Chennai. 

The Zafrani Biryani Festival is during lunch and dinner time at all their Dine-in Restaurants and Takeaways and also through their delivery partners – Swiggy, Food Panda and Zomato.

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The Zafrani Biryani festival is on till 31st March 2017, a very secret ingredient and the recipe of which was held only within the confines of the royal Mughal family. A dish that was a regular in the royal kitchens and for their guests was out of reach for the then common man. As India opened up its trade to other countries, people were slowly exposed to the fact that the much-protected ingredient of the dish served at the Royal Palace was the Zafran or Saffron - a very expensive ingredient that made all the difference in creating that certain zing of a taste, flavor and aroma. Hence, the name of the dish itself was centered on the special ingredient that was used.
Pics Courtesy: From Paradise Blog

About Paradise:
Back in 1953, a small Canteen and Cafe functioned out of a cinema theater called Paradise in Secunderabad. The Café continued its services even when the theatre shut down. Between 1978 and 1996, under the leadership of Mr A Hemati, the restaurant underwent an exhaustive re-structuring, renovation and modernization program that was aimed at adapting to the changing social trends and evolving food habits of the people. The Paradise brand became synonymous with Hyderabad and Biryani and it was only in 2004 that the Management decided to expand to other cities and other localities in Hyderabad. 
Watch how Paradise Biryani is prepared to perfection.

In fact the world’s favorite people too enjoy the world’s favorite Biryani. Paradise boasts of clientele that includes celebrities from every walk of life including politicians, cricketers, and heads of States, film stars and many more.  An array of dignitaries including Sachin Tendulkar, Aamir Khan, Sania Mirza, Rajamouli besides Rahul Gandhi and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor are amongst the host of celebrities who have enjoyed the famed Hyderabadi cuisine at Paradise.


Vijay Anand Bakshi, Corporate Chef, Paradise said, “All our methods to prepare and serve the Zafrani Biryani have been planned down to the minutest of details. From the kitchen to the table, we are confident of delivering the best that we can. 

We have identified and sourced each of the ingredients for them to blend so as to give the best flavor and aroma. Our 'secret' ingredient, the saffron, has been sourced specially for this festival and yet we have priced our variants at very affordable pricing to ensure that each Biryani lover is able to taste our special offering."

The Paradise 'Zafrani Biryani Festival' is an effort to present, revive and re-introduce to the die-hard Biryani lovers a rare and much loved cuisine of the Nawabs and their guests. 

It is no longer reserved for a select few, but to anyone who is looking to taste a delightful variety lost to the mists of time. The Zafrani Biryani is available in two variants – Chicken and Mutton.

We Started our lunch with few starters and lime soda...
Chicken Tikka Kabab

Paneer Tikka

Chicken Reshmi Kabab

Condiments for Biryani: Mirchi Ka Salan, Raita, Lime and Onion...

Zafrani Chicken and Mutton Biryani


The Zafrani Chicken and mutton Biryani was packed with flavors and it was spicy. People who prefer spicy biryani can order for double masala biryani. Both mutton and chicken meats were marinated well and cooked to perfection, the meat literally fell off the bone, rice was not mushy every grain was separated and not dry. The quality of rice, meats and spices are always good at paradise.


Every bite of this chicken and mutton biryani literally melted in my mouth,  rice and meat was packed with flavors I happen to have three servings of biryani and thoroughly enjoyed.

Finally ended our meal with warm double ka meetha and Khubani ka Meetha. Double ka meetha is Indiansed version of bread pudding. Khubani ka meetha is apricot reduction served with heavy whipped cream or vanilla icecream.

Paradise has always been my favorite place for biryani this zafrain food festival was cherry on the cake. Guest are going to enjoy both the offering, hats off to all the efforts by Paradise and Chefs team. We enjoyed the biryani and Kababs. 


Double ka meetha and Khubani ka Meetha

Overall I enjoyed both the biryanis, defiantly worth a visit. kababs were good it was slightly dry for me went well with biryani. Three picks from the tasting are both the biryanis and khubani ka meetha, a apricot dessert.
Meetha Sauf (Sweetened Fennel Seeds mouth freshener)

The 'Zafrani Biryani Festival' is available in all outlets across Bengaluru (Indiranagar, Kormangala, New BEL Road, J.P Nagar, Electronic City, Whitefield).

Please note: They have two biryani variants – Zafrani Chicken and Zafrani Mutton  guests can get to enjoy the offering three ways – Dine In, Takeaway and Delivery. Pricing for each type differs.

The pricing will vary for Paradise outlets in Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai. The below list is only for Bangalore. Price does not include taxes

Dine in
Zafrani Chicken Biryani-180/-
Zafrani Mutton  Biryani-195/-

Takeaway
Zafrani Chicken Biryani-175/-
Zafrani Mutton  Biryani-190/-

Delivery
Zafrani Chicken Biryani-180/-
Zafrani Mutton  Biryani-195/-

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