Cochin Herald|January - February 2020
For the first edition of Neha Loves To Eat, we decided to set out on a hunt for the best Biryani in Kochi. Biryani- a celebration of all things loved about Indian food- fluffy grains of rice, wafting aromas of spices, vibrant colors, decadent flavors. Being a personal favorite comfort food, I took it upon myself to search for the best biryanis around town for Cochin Herald readers solely for research purposes, of course!
But this was something I couldn’t do alone! Kochi is home to several hundreds of Biryani spots- so I needed an expert.
Enter Foodiemenon aka Jay Menon! If his 40,000+ fan following on Instagram alone isn’t enough proof of his popularity and dedication to being a self-proclaimed foodie, this “hungry lawyer” has quite the talent for sniffing out a good Biryani or two. And anything I said can and would be used against me, as I figured out much later!
We set out on our foodie adventure on empty stomachs and hearts filled with anticipation of the biryanis that were soon to tantalize our tastebuds- again, solely for research purposes.
We hopped into the car and set off to Thoppumpady for our first indulgence of the day!
#1: Mutton Biryani from Jeff ’s
True Biryani connoisseurs in Kochi already know where in Thoppumpady we went- a little unassuming place called Jeff’s Biryani. As you walk into the corridor leading up to this restaurant with three tables set inside, you can’t help but ignore the aromas of those delectable Biryani spices wafting in the air.
We were greeted by the friendly mother-son duo and we couldn’t quite hide our excitement to try the mutton Biryani. Taking a break from shoveling out Biryani for parcels, they share a page of their history with us. Run by Bohri Muslims, serving Biryani with flavors finding roots in Yemen, Jeff’s is as authentic as it gets! With the rest of the Biryanis on our list suited to a more South Indian palate, we thought it made sense to give this a go.
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January - February 2020