Dum Chicken Biryani
Dum Chicken Biryani
The journey of biryani had started long before it could easily be found on your favourite Southasian restaurant’s menu. A colorful yet bursting with flavourful mix of fragrant Basmati rice, marinated meat, and spices; Biryani is the prince of Persia that has travelled far and wide, while ending up as a cultural dish in India and Pakistan. Even its name traces back to persian; “Birinj or Biriyan”, literally meaning fried rice.
It’s been established that Biryani originated from Persia, currently Iran. How it travelled and ended up in India, is a different story. It’s a common belief that the Turk-Mongol conqueror, Taimur brought the dum biryani to India, in 1398.
Another story states that Mumtaz Mahal, queen of Shah Jahan, once visited the army barrack and saw the soldiers malnourished; so she asked the chefs to make a filling dish with meat and rice, spiced with saffron, over wood fire.
With over fifteen different kinds of biryani, each unique to its region; the infamous Dum Chicken Biryani definitely takes the top-most spot. “Dum” derives from “Dumpukht” meaning air-cooked or baked. Dum Chicken Biryani is traditionally cooked over wood or charcoal fire – A rice filled handi or earthen pot, layered in harmony with meat and spices, covered with a lid and sealed with dough.
Not Indian by birth, but India is definitely the place Biryani grew up in. Mughal by nature, and nurtured by the mughals; even the Nawabs of Lucknow and the Nizams of Hyderabad took such a liking to this delicacy that they came up with their own versions of Biryani. But the original Dum Chicken Biryani is absolutely unbeatable. Often seen being distributed at shrines in India and Pakistan, this royalty has even served the poors for a long time. Throughout Pakistan, there is an after Friday-prayer ritual to cook Dum Chicken Biryani at homes, enjoy it with the whole family, and share with the neighbours as well.
From weddings and picnics, to mid-day office lunch, Dum Chicken Biryani has been the main go-to for everyone in Southasia; and to continue this nostalgic journey, Laree Adda offers the most authentic Southasian Chicken Biryani cooked “Dum” style, making us your favourite Southasian restaurant with everything, and Biryani.