Haldiram Minute Khana – Hyderabadi biryani

Haldirams Veg biryani

“Biryani from a packet?, I hear you sniff. And why not? After all it is made by Haldirams. To quote them:“Haldiram’s is one of the best known in Indian food. Our chefs take pleasure in perfecting your favourite dishes. Only Continue reading

Chicken biryani at Masala Art, Harrow

Chicken Biryani at Masala ArtChicken Biryani at Masala Art

People who know us are always bemused by the fact that we have had three wedding ceremonies – one in each of the three continents that we have connection with. So, it was our African anniversary last week. 10 years. Continue reading

Veg biryani at Lal Qila – guest post from the husband

Lal Qila Veg biryani

We are attempting to reduce carbs and thus reduce waistline and related matters. On January 2nd, following supermarket trip to re-stock I was shocked to find 3 small baby new potatoes in place of the usual 1.5kg budget pack. They Continue reading

Hunting high and low… for the best biryani in London


This will be known as the weekend when the provincials hit town with a vengeance. Friday saw us in Streatham and Brixton as the son and I accompanied the husband for a business meeting. Yes, we are sad like that Continue reading

Chicken tikka biryani at Sainsbury’s

Chicken tikka biryani at Sainsbury's

Well, it’s not every day that we find ourselves in Sainsbury’s. But the husband, as always, has a new money saving scheme that involves petrol, nectar points and occasional visits to Sainsbury’s. So we found ourselves there on Saturday morning Continue reading

Chicken Biryani at Hot Munchies, Southwark Street

Chicken Biryani at Hot Munchies

Hot Munchies How can you not eat from a place that has such a delightful name? Well, I couldn’t. Everyday for the last few years I would pass this little cafe on the way to work, peer in, get upset Continue reading

Chicken Biryani at Bhatti’s Restaurant, Covent Garden

Chicken Biryani at Bhatti's Restaurant

You will have to excuse me for this slightly out-of-focus picture. Just as I was about to click, the husband screamed “Raisins! This biryani has raisins in it”. Now that’s enough to alarm anyone – even a person with nerves Continue reading

Chicken biryani at Kadiri’s, Willesden Green

Chicken biryani at Kadiri's

STOP PRESS! I may have found the most authentic biryani thus far: it is in a restaurant called Kadiri’s, an unassuming place on the high street of Willesden – a place I must confess I have never been to in Continue reading

Chicken biryani at Alladin Kebabish, Hendon

Alladin's Kebabish

In the first year of our marriage, the husband mildly suggested that I reset my small talk algorithm. We went to a lot of social events that year and I used to completely freeze at “small talk time”. Now after Continue reading

Vegetable biryani at Cochin Restaurant, Finchley

Veg biryani at Cochin Restaurant

There is an old Hindi saying….  this is an outright lie, I am just pretending to be intellectual. So let’s start again: There is an old Hindi song that talks about how innocent a moth is – it knows that Continue reading