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Best Chicken Biryani in Boston Area?

idealist Apr 28, 2010 08:39 AM

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. Luther RE: idealist Apr 28, 2010 08:47 AM

    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. hiddenboston RE: idealist Apr 28, 2010 10:03 AM

      I really like the chicken biryani at Shanti in Dorchester.

      1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: idealist Apr 28, 2010 11:03 AM

        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
          Prav RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 28, 2010 11:22 AM

          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?

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            BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Prav Apr 28, 2010 11:35 AM

            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
              Luther RE: Prav Apr 28, 2010 02:13 PM

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

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                Prav RE: Luther Apr 28, 2010 02:37 PM

                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.

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                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Prav Apr 28, 2010 02:45 PM

                  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
                    Luther RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 28, 2010 02:53 PM

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

          2. MC Slim JB RE: idealist Apr 28, 2010 03:15 PM

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


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              jajjguy RE: idealist May 2, 2010 07:23 PM

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

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                blink617 RE: idealist May 3, 2010 04:25 AM

                I've been pretty impressed with the biryani at Kebab Corner in Medford

                1. BostonZest RE: idealist May 3, 2010 06:23 AM

                  I'm more a lamb biryani than chicken person but two standouts for me are India Samraat on Mass Ave between Commonwealth and Marlborough and the Tamarind Bay Coastal Kitchen version.


                  India Samraat Restaurant
                  51A Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

                  1. MC Slim JB RE: idealist May 3, 2010 06:34 AM

                    Another place worth mentioning is Cafe Mamtaz in Southie, a worthy little take-out place with Bangladeshi owners. They do biryani in Pakistani, Indian, and Bangladeshi styles, though I couldn't tell you precisely what that means.


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