These are the 10 takeaways that have been on top of the charts in India. How many have you tried?
KARIGAR BIRYANI, CHENNAI
On the Menu: Ancient Tamil (Perun Choru)
The recipes here find their origins in ancient Tamil culture dating back to the Cheran era. Following the essence of the Cherans, warmth and the preparation of feasts fit for kings guide the hands at this takeaway. All recipes are built on the unique Tamil recipe of Perun Choru, a conception of the Cheran king Uthiyan. At Karigar Biriyani, a memorable taste is measured as a virtue.
Must Try: Mutton Perun Choru, Chicken Biryani, Mutton Chukka, Chicken 65, Paan Laddoo
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KANAK BY SHERRY, PUNE
On the Menu: United Punjab
Chef Sherry Mehta is a pioneer in Himachali and United Punjab cuisine in India and has taken both to a different level. From the usual dal makhani and butter chicken to creating a vision for Himachali cuisine for a larger audience, she has succeeded in doing this with promotions in 5-star hotels, and writing about the same.
Must Try: Meat Beliram, Chapli Kebab, Lahori Murg, Alubhukhara Kofta, Moth Kachori
How to order: Call or WhatsApp +9920622379/ Email- [email protected]
Timings: Only 24 hours prior orders are accepted as everything is prepared fresh.
MA’S SOUL KITCHEN, KOLKATA
On the Menu: Bengali, Anglo Indian, Mughlai, Dry Cakes
This home kitchen caters to select clientele with advance orders. On offer are freshly prepared home-cooked items, running the gamut from the best of Bengali, lost Anglo Indian recipes and some Kolkata favourites like cutlets, fries, and Mughlai. Chef owner Srabani Mukherjee has been an hotelier most of her life and has followed up on her passion for cooking and love for food. It is during the pandemic that she was encouraged by her family to begin a home kitchen to cater to safe, hygienic, and delicious home-cooked meals.
Must Try: Pantras (chicken, veg or pork), Shammi Kebabs, Mutton Yakhni, Pork Vindaloo, cutlet and fries (ready-to-fry options), Kosha Mangsho and Basanti Pulao.
How to Order: Call +91 9830144844 to reserve items. Self pick-up or third-party delivery. They organise delivery basis on payment.
Timings: 12-6pm. 48 hours advance order.
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BOJUS KITCHEN, DELHI
On the Menu: Darjeeling
This is a family business started by members of three generations during the pandemic. The sole purpose was to introduce the taste of authentic Darjeeling momos in Delhi. The chefs are the grandmother and mother. Both have grown up in Ghoom, near Darjeeling, and the taste and recipes are drawn from there.
Must Try: Chicken Steamed Momos, Pork Steamed Momos, Chicken and Pork Pan-fried Momos, and Classic Ghoom Pork Curry
How to Order: You can order through Instagram/ Facebook or call/WhatsApp at +91- 8800791611
Timings: 12:30-8pm, all 7 days
O PEDRO, MUMBAI
On the Menu: Goan
Made in Goa for the city of Mumbai. Expect simple, urbane food that echoes Goa’s spectacular gastronomic diversity, going back to its Portuguese inspirations and beyond. Passionate about cooking since a young age, Executive Chef Hussain spent his emergent years in Chennai where his rendezvous with the kitchen began with a humble omelette sandwich. He went on to scale heights in food, spending a year at Eleven Madison Park, the celebrated New York restaurant, where he advanced and polished his cooking methods.
Must Try: Choriz Chilli Taco, Pedro's Hot Sauce, Beryl’s Fish Curry, Lotus Root Chilli Fry, Pedro's Buff Burger
How to Order: Swiggy, Zomato or https://order.opedromumbai.com/
Timings: 12noon to 9.30pm
BIRYANI BY KILO, LUDHIANA
On the Menu: Biryanis and more
The pandemic has made Biryani by Kilo operations leaner and more profitable as it is just doubling down on its existing business model. Here's what makes it so special: The biryani is made fresh in individual handis for every order in the old khansama style, and delivered in the same pot to ensure freshness. The naturally aged (over two years) Daawat Basmati rice is used and spices are sourced directly from Kerala.
Must Try: Hyderabdi Chicken Biryani, Kathal Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani, Mutton Biryani, Mutton Galouti and Matka Phirni
How to Order: www.biryanibykilo.com
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Timings: 12 pm to 10 pm
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At Parat they believe food is always prepared layer by layer. Parat means layer, aka layers of Indian flavour. Sharing meals is an honoured tradition in the Indian world and a great way to do that is by ordering their very special Sikaandri Raan. The pilafs are jam-packed with flavour and include options like Tawa Mushroom Pilaf and Nalli Pulao. At Parat, it’s all about the little details, every aspect is taken care of to provide a wholesome meal experience. Once you try their Maqbooli Roti, you will understand what we are talking about. Thumbs up, Chef Harangad Singh!
Must Try: Tawa Bhuna Chaap, Kalmi Kebab, Raan Nihari, Bhopali Murgh Rizala, Paneer Laung Latika and Kaali Jalebi
How to Order: +91 7401740128
Timings: 12 pm to 12am
BIRYANIS BY LIBERTY, HYDERABAD
On the Menu: Vegetarian Hyderabadi
From Hyderabad’s very own group with eminent brands like A’la Liberty and Liberty Exclusive, is their newest venture ‘Biryanis by Liberty’. Keeping the genuine savours intact, Biryanis by Liberty has a massive diversity of vegetarian biryanis suitable not only for vegetarians but also vegans, Jains and the ones who fancy vegetarian selections on definite days. The chefs are qualified to produce true flavours through traditional cooking procedures (like the practise of ‘dum’ cooking) to make sure that its true quintessence is maintained.
Must Try: Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, Signature Soya Chaap Biryani, Awadhi Vegan Biryani, Moplah Mock Meat Biryani and Handi Biryani
How to Order: Dial +91 8897627867 or simply log on to order.libertyexclusive.com
Timings: 12:30pm -10:30pm
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MADAM CURRY, DELHI
On the Menu: Experimental Indian cuisine
Working on a delivery-only model, Madam Curry aims to become a worldwide noticeable brand synonymous with new Indian cuisine. Reconstructing the moment where, each dish produces the real flavour of every ordinary element and you can toast to old times and celebrate the new! Emotion and stimulus are the key words of these delightful gastronomic creations, augmented by fresh produce. A developed experience and a taste fiesta which is certain to please the most challenging palate.
Must Try: Saffron and Black Pepper Tikka, Rampuri Bhuna Gosht, Madam Curry Avocado Chaat with Mango Murabba and Anardana, Desi Chicken Curry, Shahi Tukda Cigars
How to Order: Zomato or dial+91 9958908259/ +91 8800798404
Timings: 12pm to 10pm
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THE OBEROI, GURGAON
On the Menu: Comfort food
If you place your orders above INR 2,500, your home delivery transportation would be complimentary in Delhi and Gurgaon. On the menu are soups, sandwiches Indian specialities, desserts, a handpicked selection of the finest breads, cakes and much more. Based on popular demand, this new menu includes the signature kebabs and fruit-based desserts. The Indian selection has also been enhanced.
Must Try: Bombay Style Sandwich, Malai Mushroom
How to Order: Please call +91 9811289169 or +91 8697140019. You can visit this link: http://bit.ly/36krJmS
Timings: Orders are delivered from 9am to 11pm