Kilo Biryani opened on Atkinson Road, Urmston a few weeks ago specialising in Hyderabadi cuisine and its most notable dish, biryani.
Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is a classic dish much celebrated by the Mughal Nizams, the 18th-20th century rulers of Hyderabad and word has it that there were more than 140 different varieties served in the area at one point. Meat is usually marinated in yoghurt to make it tender; lemon and spices are added to perk up the rice and a garnish of coriander leaves and fried onions add a crispy sweet taste.
Urmston’s Kilo Biryani specialises in chicken dum biryani, a delicious savoury rice dish that is loaded with layers of spicy marinated chicken, caramelised onions, and delicately flavoured saffron rice. And you can order it by the half kilo (£4.99), kilo (£9.99), family pack (£14.99, serves 2-3) or jumbo family pack (£19.99, serves 4) which comes topped with boiled eggs.
If you want to cater for a party (or are really, really hungry), they can even offer a five kilo party pack (£44.99, serves 10-12) or a six kilo party pack (£52.99, serves 12-14) topped with their special ‘chicken 65’ marinated in ginger and spices then deep-fried– this size comes in a re-useable container tied with a bow, so that’s Christmas sorted.
“Our kilo biryani is distinguished by a greater emphasis on rice and exotic spices which are used in biryani to give a rather explosive taste and aroma,” says Kilo Biryani’s website. “You will experience the finest food, perfectly combining ancient traditions and authentic flavours of India. India’s most famous dish, Hyderabad chicken Dum Biriyani, with its famous basmati rice, steamed meat, rich spices and interesting textures and flavours.”
Kilo’s biryanis are served with a traditional Hyderbadi side dish of mirchi ka salan, a curry made with green chillies, peanuts, sesame seeds, dry coconut, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, turmeric, bay leaf and tamarind. You could also order half a kilo of raita – those small pots you usually get are never quite enough.
Also available to order by the kilo are lamb biryani and prawn biryani. Vegetarians are well catered for too with vegetable dum biryani (pictured above), and even a paneer vegetable biryani. Speciality curries served by the kilo include Andhra chicken, tomato daal, vegetable sambar, Ankapur chicken curry, paneer butter masala and mixed veg curry.
Although Biryani is a speciality, Kilo also offers other speciality rice dishes such as jeera rice, pulihora (tamarind rice) and bagara rice – a popular dish at Hyderbadi weddings of tempered rice served with whole spices and fresh herbs.
Kilo also serve a wide range of starters including chicken or paneer 65, chilli chicken, chicken lollipop, chicken or gobi Munchurian, chilli paneer, crispy baby corn, and mirchi baji - all worth ordering before indulging yourself with the main course.
Kilo Biryani is open seven days a week and offers curries for delivery from 7pm and collection from 6pm at three different points – Atkinson Road, Urmston, Brooklands Lodge, Sale and Old Market Tavern, Altrincham (collection slots differ, see the website for details).
Kilo Biryani, 10 Atkinson Road Urmston M41 9AD