Phoenix, AZ

New Authentic Indian Restaurant Now Open

Greyson F

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A new regional Indian restaurant is now open.Andy Hay/Unsplash

For lovers of world cuisines, it can often be difficult to find authentic restaurants that expertly duplicate the tastes, smells, and experiences of eating in other areas of the world. For one reason or another, recipes are often compromised, resulting in a dulled-down or altered eating experience. Thankfully, around metro Phoenix, there are a handful of ethnic food offerings crafted by individuals who have immersed themselves in the creation and preparation of these foods, often through years of living in those communities and then bringing their experience to the Valley to share. That is exactly what has happened once again with one of the latest restaurant openings, Biryani Pot. 

At Biryani Pot, guests will find traditional Hyderabadi cuisine. This particular style of cooking originated with Hyderabadi Muslims, from the state of Hyderabad (south-central India, although the region has been split into several different modern states). The style of food draws from several regional influences, including Arabic, Mughal, Turkish, as well as Marathwada and Telugu. This gives the food a truly unique taste that is almost impossible to replicate by someone who was not born and raised in the cooking style. 

Hyderabadi Biryani (or simply Biryani), is recognized as one of the most widely popular dishes from the cuisine. The traditional dish features basmati rice and mutton, with a yogurt sauce and accented with numerous spices and onions. This may sound similar to the offerings of other Indian or even Mediterranean restaurants here in the Valley, but it is the spice profile that truly separates it. 

Biryani Pot is all about bringing these unique cultural flavors to the table to share with the community. The menu is packed full of foods for everyone from vegans and vegetarians to heavy meat-eaters. A few selections from the expansive menu include Lamb Sheek Kebab, Tandoori Chicken, Goat Curry, Mutton Mandhakini (which is a semi gravy goat cooked with chilies, onions, and a chopped boiled egg), plus over a dozen different Biryani dishes. Many of the house Biryani dishes use different kinds of meats with chef secret masalas. Biryani Pot is proud to offer weekly as well as Ramadan specials. 

The restaurant is located at 4030 East Bell Road (suite 101 and 102) in Phoenix (just off the intersection of East Bell and North 40th Street). The restaurant is closed on Monday, but open for lunch and dinner hours on Tuesday through Friday, from 11 AM until 2:30 PM and 5 PM until 9:30 PM, and then on Saturday and Sunday, the lunchtime hours are open until 3 PM (dinner hours are the same). 

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