August 7, 2015
If you like well-spiced and extremely generous portions of rice and meat, then Marufaz will hit the spot with its heady biryanis. They cook their chicken and mutton briyanis traditionally in a dum style, which flavours the rice immensely. Flavorful but superbly balanced biryanis that you can’t stop eating, dunked in glorious Lucknowi Biryani, or Hydrabadi Biryani if you prefer. This will satisfy any Biryani craving you have and then finish off with a nice glass of Burhani!
Marufaz Daawat e Mughlai, begins their voyage in this monsoon by spreading the delightful royal aromas of exotic range of Biryanis, in their first Biryani Festival from today at their Flag ship store in Behala. This occasion is graced by presence of Tolly Celeb, Koneenica Banerjee. The restaurant retains its old world charm with photos of assorted news over the years, and allows you to dine comfortably in air-con. Sitting arrangements are also specious and comfy.
Authentic Mughlai cuisine, which is derived from Persian-influenced food served in the imperial kitchens of the Mughal Empire which was traditionally centered in the north Indian cities of Delhi and Hyderabad has now become an important staple of the Bengali diet in Kolkata. The dishes Marufaz Daawat e Mughlai brings out here are Kachhi Gosht Ka Biryani, Murg Tikka Biryani, Mutton Lucknowi Biryani, Machli Biryani, Prawn Biryani, Moti Biryani. For vegetarians, there is Kofta Subz Dum Biriyani, which is the north Indian style of biriyani and Subz Hydrabadi Biryani. This is followed by desserts like Zafrani Firni and as accomplishment there is Burhani.
I tried Machli Biryani first and found it less spicy and pretty decent. This briyani was cooked and served traditionally, without any curry, but every bit aromatic. It’s also healthier with the omission of ghee, so you can feel a tiny bit less guilty.
Next I tried Murg Tikka Biryani and that was quite interesting. Perfect mixed of chicken tikka with dum biryani and chicken pieces were full flavoured, well-spiced and tender. With a generous and even spread of texture throughout the biryani, you’re ensured oozing glory.
Finally I enjoyed Kachhi Gosht Ka Biryani, this kid goat briyani, super soft meat without gamey flavour. Melt in mouth tender meat hides under a pile of beautifully light, fragrant, spiced and high-quality basmati rice. If you’ve got the time in your hand, relax and enjoy your tender mutton, this was a serious briyani.
The mutton, fish and prawn Biryanis at Marufaz Restaurant is something so unique you may never have tasted anything like it. Well worth the hunt for this place located right opposite of Ajanta Cinema, the biryani is generous, well spiced, and unbelievably tasty. Seriously, you have to try it to believe it.
My suggestion, go for the mutton over the chicken briyani. The fish and prawn briyani are also mouth watering. While it is arguably no longer the best, it is an excellent briyani. Wolf this briyani down as messily as you like, and chat and laugh as loudly as you want — no one will care. Next time you’re at Behala near Ajanta Cinema, be sure to give this a try.