I came to know about Mandi only after coming to Hyderabad Rice is cooked in mutton stock and that is called Mandi. The concept of having Mandi is popular since last 7-8 years in Hyderabad. In fact, it became even more popular than it already was in the past 3 years. I’ve ordered for myself a single portion of Mandi but it is traditionally eaten spread on a huge thali… …shared by 3-4 persons. The concept of Mandi includes rice cooked in mutton stock, garnished with mutton cooked separately. It is accompanied with 3 types of sauces – mint sauce, tomato sauce & this I am told is mayonnaise. I can see a lot of dry fruit on this, two mutton pieces, & fried onions too. This rice is totally different from that in a biryani. This rice has a blended appeal in its taste and texture. It is filled with mutton flavor as well. To sum up, I can say that I am enjoying a different flavor in this rice. Adding this sauce has changed the taste. But yes, the rice is tasty even without or with sauce, depends on personal choice. This piece is larger than the mutton piece you get in a biryani , soft, with less chewing effort. This mutton has been boiled, while the biryani mutton is not boiled. Even the spices are minimal in this mutton. In fact, on eating, I can only experience the slight flavor of cardamom & cinnamon. Spices are very light. Here, I understood the difference between biryani and Mandi. First difference is both are cooked through different processes. Second difference is the aroma. You can smell the Hyderabadi biryani even from a few feet away. This rice doesn’t have that aroma, that fragrance. Third difference is that in biryani, spices are concentrated in a particular portion of rice. Here, that is not the case. The whole rice is evenly, though lightly, spiced. The rice gives the feel of mutton stock, it is cooked in a different way, so that the stock has penetrated… …the rice grains. So, some people like biryani more and some like Mandi more. People like me enjoy both when in Hyderabad. Eating Mandi, sitting on the floor, sharing it with others, kind of brings people together. I have also heard from people that Hyderabadi Mandi has been customized to suit local taste. I’ve no idea about the Mandi that we get outside Hyderabad. This is my first experience but it is tasty. I am going to continue my non veg food journey after I finish this meal. Today, I will not have anything more in non-vegetarian food. In the evening, I will think about my plan for tomorrow. Non-veg food journey continues after this. When I came to Hyderabad for a job interview in 2013, I had visited Paradise in Secunderabad. This time, I’ve come to Paradise Imax. I’ve already placed an order for chicken biryani for myself. They have explained it pictorially – yakhni, then middle layer of rice and finest white rice on top. I’m waiting eagerly! They’ve just told me that this full plate biryani contains one chicken piece only. I saw a board for Dawat brand of rice, so I think they use the same brand in their biryani. That’s enough! First observation, while the biryani was being served, the aroma is significantly experienced. This is masala rice layer with white layer of rice from the top. Very nice! The texture is awesome! I can clearly see cloves, cardamoms in the biryani. The cooking level as well as quality of rice, both are perfect. In fact, I’ve noticed it everywhere in Hyderabad that the quality of rice is very good. In fact, I cannot differentiate that this rice is better or that one is better. It is just that I am finding the rice to be good. That is it! I was checking the length of the rice grain. This is one of the important parameters of basmati rice – to see how long it is. Good! I can notice the long grain rice. Ufff!! The softness and tenderness of the chicken piece is really admirable. In fact, I am enjoying such a good chicken piece after a long time, especially in Hyderabadi biryani. In fact, the chicken is so soft that I can pull it apart with my hands. From what I’ve eaten so far, I am impressed with the quality of cooking of the rice. And I am deeply impressed with the softness and tenderness of the chicken piece as well. One more thing I noticed is that the spice content in Hyderabadi biryani is a bit on the higher side. This is because the locals like it like that and even I enjoyed the spices because I like my food spicy. But here, at Paradise, I’ve noticed that the spice level is not very high. It is..umm..upto a cosmopolitan… …taste, I mean, not too high, not too low, middle level taste. In fact, I am loving it. It has less masala but good flavor. Wonderful!!! See how the meat is falling off the bone. In my food journey, I’ve had biryani at 4 or 5 places in Hyderabad. The amazing fact is that every place has a different method of cooking the mirchi ka salan that goes… ….with biryani everywhere. I am not aware of the intricacies of each method but I can vouch for the fact that end result is different. Here, the salan is of different flavor, while in rest of the places, the flavor is different. This salan is having flavor of poppy seeds, I feel. Right or wrong, I don’t know, but that is what I am feeling. The taste of this mirchi ka salan is different but enjoyable. Some of my viewers had suggested that I eat Keema-roti for breakfast at Paradise. I don’t know why but it didn’t sound appealing to eat keema-roti for breakfast. Plus I didn’t want to miss eating the biryani at Paradise. Today is my last day in Hyderabad, otherwise, I would’ve come here again for keema-roti. The only reason was that I didn’t want to miss the biryani here, that’s why I ordered chicken biryani. I enjoyed the food here a lot. In fact, I can feel that this portion of biryani is sufficient for two people. It is more than sufficient for a single person. So, we are two people, we will finish it easily. Our non-veg food journey is complete with the lunch at Paradise. We are going back home tonight, back to pavilion!! Let me know your views on this video. Like always, I will wait for your comments. Please share your Hyderabad related experiences with us. Thanks for your time!