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Savor the spice at Biryani Restaurant

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Tucked near the entrance of Amman’s iconic Shabsough building, this local favorite serves some of the best Indian and Pakistani dishes in the Kingdom. With its colorful menu and affordable prices, Biryani Restaurant sits on the top of Jordan’s list of South Asian restaurants.اضافة اعلان

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Biryani Restaurant is best enjoyed with friends, given its generous portions. It took my good friend very little convincing to join me, and we quickly made our way over there. Luckily, the streets were calm and finding a parking spot was relatively easy. The place was not very busy when we arrived. We sat down and were soon ready with our order: Chicken tikka, dal makhani, butter chicken, aloo paratha, vegetable biryani, two samosas, and palak paneer.

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It did not take very long for the food to arrive. First came the dal makhani, aloo paratha, puri bread, palak paneer, and vegetable biryani. The dal makhani, a Punjabi favorite, was delicious. The creamy, butter-based sauce was perfectly spiced, and the lentils had some bite to them, which give the dish some texture. The dish was not as spicy as I remembered it was before, but it was very flavorful. We enjoyed the dish with some puri bread.

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The aloo paratha today was especially good. The aloo (potato) was generously spiced and seasoned, with its touch of coriander lifting the flavor to another level. The bread holding it all in was rich and aromatic for such a simple item.

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The palak paneer, a personal favorite, was slightly underseasoned, despite the presence of its base flavors. The paneer (cheese) was curdy and soft.

(Photo:  Raja Attar/Jordan News)

Modern Delhi classics in the heart of Amman, the butter chicken and chicken arrived next. The butter chicken was rich and smooth; perfectly seasoned, but not spicy enough.  We dug into the butter chicken using the vegetable biryani as a base. The vegetable biryani was very standard — A basic mixture of vegetables, rice, and spice.

We then got to the chicken tikka. I can confidently say that their chicken tikka is one of the best in the city. They marinated the chicken overnight in a yoghurt and spice mixture to tenderize it. The chicken was then cooked on a charcoal grill to give it a deep and smoky flavor. This classic dish is best eaten with a roti or puri bread and a squeeze of lemon. Simple and delicious.

For some reason, we ate the samoas at the very end of our meal. Nevertheless, they were delightful. The dough, just like all the other breads, was prepared fresh. It was crispy and light. As for the stuffing, a potato-based filling with vegetables and spice, it was brought to the table with a fresh cilantro chutney, a complementary dip for this piece of deep-fried goodness.

(Photo:  Raja Attar/Jordan News)

Wrapping up, we decided to end on a sweet note. There is nothing a cup of sweet chai karak cannot fix. The drink was a great ending to yet another successful food mission at one of my favorite places in the city.

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