The “Perfect” Biryani



Five Essential Qualities of a Good Biryani

Food Blog By Vikram Karve


A plate of mouthwatering Biryani is placed in front of you.

On first impressions — how do you judge a Biryani…?

Well — as far as I am concerned — there are five basic tests you must carry out to assess a Biryani.




Test №1



First try the “Spread Test”.

Pick up a little Biryani in your fingers and sprinkle it on the side dish.

The grains of rice must not stick together but remain separate.

The pieces of meat must be succulent — clear and dry — not greasy — and the meat must easily separate from the rice.

A good Biryani will easily qualify the spread test.


Test №2



Lift the plate of Biryani — and smell the pieces of meat.

The Biryani must be pleasantly aromatic — and you must be able to discern the delicate sweetish fragrance and appetizing mouthwatering aroma of marinated spices.

The aroma must not be overpowering, sharp or piquant.

The Biryani must pass the “aroma test” with flying colours — since — there is nothing more appetizing than a mouthwatering aroma…!


Test №3



Taste the meat — ideally mutton.

The meat must be well-cooked, flavoursome, succulent, delicious.

Then roll some rice on your tongue — the subtle flavour and taste of the spices must mildly and pleasantly come through — and the Biryani must not be overpoweringly spicy, greasy or pungent.


Test №4



Now you come to the fourth test — the “Potato Test”.

Dig deep — and search for the Potato in the Biryani.

The potatoes must taste as scrumptious as the meat — that is the hallmark of a superlative Biryani.

And — if there is no potato — well dear fellow foodie — tell me — can there be a perfect Biryani without a potato which tastes as delicious as the meat…?


Test №5



Finally — here is the fifth test for Biryani.

Has it been served at the right temperature with light aromatic steam coming out from the rice…?

Do you feel the warmth on your tongue when you eat the inner part of the mutton…?




So — the next time a plate of Biryani is put in front of you — before you eat it — do carry out these five simple tests — and tell us all about it.

Did the Biryani pass all the tests with flying colours….?

Is it a Perfect Biryani…?

Or — is it a greasy potpourri of rice and meat — a Fake Biryani — or a Pulao — which is masquerading as an authentic Biryani…?



Remember — first “Test” — then Taste and Eat.



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  1. These are my personal views based on my personal experience.Please do your own due diligence while testing a Biryani.

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This is an updated and revised version of my article on HOW TO JUDGE A BIRYANI written be me Vikram Karve more than 21 years ago in the year 2000 and posted online earlier in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Blog on 30 Nov 2010 at url: and reposted a number of times in my various blogs at urls and and and and and and and and etc

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A creative person with a zest for life, alumnus IIT Delhi, Lawrence School Lovedale, Vikram Karve is a retired Navy Officer turned full time Writer and Blogger

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Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, alumnus IIT Delhi, Lawrence School Lovedale, Vikram Karve is a retired Navy Officer turned full time Writer and Blogger