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Apr 28, 2010 08:39 AM

Best Chicken Biryani in Boston Area?

My husband loves chicken biryani and I wanted to know if anyone had suggestions of where I can find good chicken biryani in Boston. Right now I'm leaning towards JMP because it sounds like the kind of dive food stall that might have a good biryani. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Mutton biryani at Kabab & Tandoor in Waltham. Really fantastic. Make sure you get actual biryani, sometimes if they're in a rush they'll try to pass off lesser rice dishes (perfectly tasty greasy basmati rice with peas and such) as biryani.

    Kabab & Tandoor
    699 Main St, Waltham, MA

    1. I really like the chicken biryani at Shanti in Dorchester.

      1. The chicken biryani at JMP is fantastic, but the lamb is even better.

        One of our standard "I don't feel like cooking" takeout dinners is a lamb biryani, one of the spinach dishes and a garlic naan from JMP. However, last time we got takeout from there, I finally got something I didn't like: avoid the chicken tikka masala. Unless, that is, you're having a severe case of childhood nostalgia for Spaghetti-Os. Then you might love it.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Ha, spaghetti-Os... that's exactly how I'd describe their CTM as well. Or some runny Campbells tomato soup.

          I'll have to try that lamb biryani. Do you know if it's got nuts?

          1. re: Prav

            Hm. I don't *think* so, but given that my own biryani (ironically, what I'd decided to make for dinner tonight even before I saw this thread!) does have a handful of nuts and diced fruit thrown in, I'm having trouble being positive that JMP's biryani doesn't, if that makes sense. I know theirs has no fruit, and I'm pretty sure it has no nuts either, but I'm not comfortable enough to say 100% that it doesn't.

            1. re: Prav

              It doesn't have nuts. I'd describe it as mellow and a little smushy... comfort food.

              1. re: Luther

                Thanks fellas. :) (I'm allergic to nuts). May have to pick some up. I've avoided this place in the past (as I usually am tempted by other things in the Super 88 food court) 'cause I had the tomato-soup CTM, but I'll have to check out their rice.

                1. re: Prav

                  Honestly, the tikka masala is the first disappointing thing I've ever had from here. As I said, the saag dishes are uniformly quite nice, and make good accompaniments to the biryani.

                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    Yeah I remember the saag being by far the best thing, very fresh tasting.

          2. I second the JMP Int'l rec (also lamb first, then chicken), which I learned about here from BFP.


            1. I'm no expert, but the biryani at Kabob Factory in Somerville is very tasty.