You would think that getting a Keralan biriyani in a place in Kerala that is known for it’s biryanis would be easy but no. There are two branches, one near the railway station ( the original) and the first one we tried on Press Road.
Ordering was somewhat problematic and the biriyani was not available nor the next 5 or 6 dishes we chose, each time we were asked if we’d like chicken tandoori, we did not. We finally managed to order daal fry and chicken Chettinad. The daal was nice and earthy, the chapatis were just OK. The chicken Chettinad was on the bone and very succulent and the sauce was really punchy and nicely tangy from the tamarind.
We walked past the other branch the next evening and the missus went for the chicken masala , this had a thinner sauce than the chicken Chettinad and the depth of flavour wasn’t as good, not bad though. I had the mutton dry fry, which was a bit tough but the spicing was very good and lots of chilli, which I liked. Still no biryani but we had worked out it was a lunch time only dish.
I did finally get to have a mutton biryani at Azads when I swung back through Trivandrum to go elsewhere. Given the trouble trying to get one and the fact that this was the first meal after being in an Ahsram for 10 days with no meat , onions, garlic or chilli, it turned out to be something of a disappointment. The meat was very tough and the whole dish lacked the beautiful fragrance you get with a good biryani.
Mutton dry fry.