Biriyani house

We originally planned on going to “Mi Bolivia” on 48th ave today, but upon arriving we were informed they were only serving saltenas today, so we postponed that one till another day. So instead, we visited the small Indian\Bangladeshi restaurant Biriyani House, on 43rd st just north of Queens Blvd.

Biriyani House

Biriyani House

It’s a small but ample place, with seating for a couple dozen people (bigger than it seems). They offer delivery, but there is a minimum of $25. There was a TV on the wall, showing some very dramatic Indian soap operas.

Papadum

Papadum

I am very proud of myself for looking up that this crispy Indian bread is actually called Papadum. It came as a complimentary appetizer, with some chutney (one sweet sauce, and one pickled).

Vegetable samosa

Vegetable samosa

An order of vegetable samosas is just $2 (for two samosas). They were very good, and even better with chutney.

Garlic naan

Garlic naan

There is a variety of naan available on the menu. The cheapest is $1.50, and this garlic naan (4 pieces) was $2.

Boneless chicken Biriyani

Boneless chicken Biriyani

Here is something I’ve never had before – the restaurant’s namesake, a boneless chicken Biriyani ($9). There are a few other meats available as well. It consists mostly of rice, with some fried onions, and what looks like an orange tomato, but what is actually… a hard boiled egg! Not sure what makes it orange – I guess some sauce they cook it in; it tasted like a normal egg though.

Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

This is a standard chicken tikka masala ($10). It was good, but not exceptional. It also comes with a big side of rice (which you will see in the next picture), and its spiciness can be customized.

Salad

Salad

The Biriyani dish came with this side salad, as well as an interesting plate of limes, onions, and spicy (very spicy!) peppers, which looked a little deceptively like small string beans. Overall we had quite a feast (and ended up taking some of it home for tomorrow), all for a mere $25.

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