Are you looking for the best biryani in Chandigarh? If biryani is your answer to no matter what the question is, then I have just the perfect place for you. Located in the inner market of Sector-7, Chandigarh is Noorani by Nihari, and it may look like just another Mughlai food joint but once you go in, you’ll know!
I wandered in with three of my friends on a Friday night to check out the place. And the first thing that caught my attention, rather all of ours, was the incredible aroma of Biryani. The restaurant was filling up quickly since it was almost 7:00 pm. However, we managed to snag a table.
The vibe of the place is warm and nice with tones of brown and yellow mostly. Some light instrumental music in the background to set the mood for what’s yet to come. The interior is not too bold, yet has striking features to symbolize the Mughal style of architecture. Moreover to my surprise, the menu is quite compact. It’s not too vast, which I personally like, since it lets you absorb the best taste of the place. This place offers six different types of biryanis and is a paradise for non-vegetarian lovers.
So to start with, we ordered Murg toofani tikka, Murg Makhmali tikka and Paneer Lasooni. The beverage section has limited options. Therefore, we collectively ordered Fresh lime soda. Well, the murg toofani tikka literally melts on your tongue like butter, and in addition to that, the meat being so chewy mixes well with the flavour of tandoor. Murg Makhmali tikka is one of the most wanted dishes on my to-eat list. With five juicy pieces of chicken drenched in the malai mix and topped with kalaunji, this didn’t disappoint either. For vegetarians, Paneer Lasooni is a great choice with paneer packed with the perfect garlic flavour.
Main course (biryani time!)
For the main course, we immediately ordered the chef’s signature dishes (as marked on the menu itself):
- Butter chicken (1 portion)
- Nalli Nihari (1 portion)
- Murg Hyderabadi Biryani (1 portion)
- Subz Biryani (1 portion)
- Garlic naan (2 portions) and Lachcha Parantha (1 portion)
Analysis- does Noorani by Nihari serve the best biryani in Chandigarh?
My top choice would be the Murg Hyderabadi Biryani, which has been perfectly tweaked to suit the North-Indian palate. It is cooked in authentic dum style in a handi sealed with atta, accompanied by raita and onions dipped in vinegar. Butter chicken (boneless) has the perfect consistency in its curry. Nalli Nihari is a delicacy of nawabs, slow cooked in a copper vessel with lamb shanks. The breads are soft and go well with the dishes. In other words, it is a fulfilling meal. The dessert section could have a little more options. We decided to skip it.
Don’t let appearances fool you—the decor may be light on the eye, but there is no escaping the bounds of these dishes. In conclusion, this place is perfect for groups or a casual date night or even a family gathering/dinner. One of the best, if not the best biryani in Chandigarh is at Noorani by Nihari.
- Location: Shop 187, Inner Market, Sector 7 C, Near Sector 7, Chandigarh.
- Opens at 12 noon.
- Popular on the menu: Butter chicken, Nalli Nihari, Murg Hyderabadi Biryani, Mutton Galouti kebab, Murgh Makhmali Tikka
- Average Cost: 800 INR for two people (approx.)
- Open to delivery in the tricity.