Biryani lovers will be delighted to know that Shiraz Golden Restaurant is hosting its annual Biryani Festival at its eatery located at the junction of Mullick Bazar and Park Street, which will continue till 8 October. Catering to the tastes of all and sundry, three different types of biryani as distinct from the conventional fare in the kind of ingredients used in the preparation, are available.

The Murshidabadi variety is prepared from spices, which enhances the flavour and simply melts in the mouth. On the other hand, Hyderabadi biryani consists of fewer spices and is loved, especially by children. Tor Paulav made from mutton has arar dal as the main ingredient. The concept has its origns in Mumbai and is highly popular there.

Biryani, coming from the royal kitchens of the Mughals, is a perfect one dish meal that combines ingredients typical to the Mughlai style of cooking. Kolkata’s Shiraz has always been a favourite among biryani lovers who have made a beeline for the delectable array on offer.

The popularity of this food joint has extended to opening a restraunt in Dubai and has become an international brand name in the world of Biryanis. The partners of Shiraz, Ishtiaque Ahmed and head chef Wasi Ahmed were enthusiastic about their fare. Ahmed had an ustad and mentor in Md Shamsuddin, a great cook who worked in colonial-era kitchens.