Dum Biryani Prepared From The Magic Of Slow Cooking

The well known cooking technique – Dum Pukht, that is cooking the dish with steam until it matures, is said to be an innovation of the Nawab of Awadh. Being on fire – sealed with dough though it takes hours and hours to prepare, but the aroma keeps everyone waiting to relish the flavors of the dish.

Here’s a recipe of one of the most famous dish – Dum Biryani, which has evolved from the lands of Mughals.



  • Mutton – 1 kg
  • Ghee – 75 gms
  • Jeera – 1 ½ tsp
  • Dalchini – 4 pieces
  • Doda elaichi – 4 pieces
  • Onions – 3 medium (thinly sliced)
  • Rice – 500 gms
  • Tej Patta – 4 pieces
  • Salt to taste


Soak the rice in water for an hour. Meanwhile, boil mutton with half the quantity of tej patta, dalchini, jeera and some salt. Strain and keep aside. Heat the ghee, add doda elaichi( cardamom) and the rest of jeera, dalchini (cinnamon) to it.

Add the sliced onions, stir till color changes. Add rice (after draining water), salt, strained stock and bring it to a boil. Cook on dum till the rice is fluffy and well done. Serve with some curd to relish its taste best 😉


So, head to Handi Restaurant to savor succulent and aromatic delicacies cooked in the traditional style 🙂


Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan – India

18, Gautam Marg, Vaishali Nagar,
Jaipur-302021, Rajasthan – India



The Times Food And Nightlife Awards Bring Accolades To The Woman Behind Handi

The Pink city witnessed a successful night for all foodies last night at the Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2016.

With a mission to pamper the guests with tasty, authentic and hygienic food, the woman behind Handi – Rashmi Kuchhal surely needs glorious accolades. We feel ecstatic and extremely proud of her being awarded as the Best Restaurateur who welcomes everyone at Handi Restaurant, Jaipur with immense warmth and makes them feel at home.


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Pic- Rashmi Kuchhal receiving the Best Restaurateur Award by actress Rama Pandey


Rashmi Kuchhal narrated the story because of which she stands here. “For a moment, I was pushed back 34 years when Shashi & I started Handi. The years flashed by in a series of pictures of dreams, happiness, sacrifice, pain, love, anguish and joy.
Today, I have received this award for my father who taught me the true meaning of hospitality and my mother who guided me to be a businessperson first and the woman later.
My sons, daughters- in- laws, and friends; each one of you have been a part of this journey. The wonderful staff at Handi and my beloved precious customers of Handi – today each one of you stand by me.
I would not have reached here without the unflinching support and guidance of my dear friend Gurinder”.


Receiving the award from the Grammy winning Hindustani Classical instrumentalist- Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at Hotel Marriot, Jaipur (L-R, Kunal Kuchhal, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Rashmi Kuchhal and Arjun Kuchhal)


It’s through her right guidance that Handi Restaurant has been consistently winning the Best North Indian in Casual Dining at the Times Food and Nightlife Awards. The event was enlightened as there was a stall to relish the Handi delicacies and indulge in the victory celebration. We are truly thankful to the jury and all those who voted for us. We really appreciate the love and support and hope it continues to be like this every time.

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Thank you 🙂

Handi: Best Mughlai Restaurant in Jaipur

For Mughlai connoisseurs, there can be no better place than Handi Vaishali. Ever since it opened about two years ago, the restaurant has been number one choice of diners to relish delightful, authentic Mughlai cuisine in a traditional, beautiful setting.

The fine dining Handi Vaishali is apt to dine with families and children. We have got a kids-friendly area too where a magician displays tricks at the table for a few minutes. The restaurant’s interiors are tastefully done up in a traditional theme. The bright hues of the interiors are a wonderful reminder of the vibrant Rajasthani culture.

You can choose to sit indoors or enjoy the ambience of the open garden seating area. The restaurant has an ethnic ambience with Rajasthani puppets and hand-crafted barniyaan and potteries decorating the walls.

We offer a total seating area for 80 people and serve sumptuous Mughlai food. Handi mutton, laal-maas, butter chicken, rogan gosh, paneer butter masala, malai kofta and pindi chana are some of the highlights of our menu. The special attraction is our barbeque, and wre also serve Chinese dishes. Not just this, we also does home delivery within an area of three to five kilometers.

A view of the interiors of Handi Restaurant

A view of the interiors of Handi Restaurant

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Butter Chicken

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Rogan Josh


Kali Mirch Chicken

Kali Mirch Chicken

Address: Handi Vaishali, 18, Nemi Nagar, Gautam Marg, Vaishali Nagar.
Phone: 0141-4016200, 9829034940
Website: http:www.handirestaurant.com

Dawat-e-handi for Elaborate Awadhi Cuisine

If you think that the rich and delectable Awadhi delicacies can no longer be enjoyed at Handi Restaurant, Jaipur, then you are mistaken. So what if Diwali celebration is wrapped up? Dawat-e-handi still continues at your favorite Handi restaurant to treat your taste-buds with dishes bursting with exquisite Awadhi flavors.

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The Handi Restaurant is the best place in pink city to relish the best of Awadhi cuisines. Authenticity is a key to our philosophy and our chefs are widely acclaimed for their unique & authentic cooking styles. Awadh cuisine is drawn from the royal kitchens of the Nawabs of Lucknow. The cuisine encompasses many delicately flavoured vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. To serve you the best of Awadhi dishes with the real Lucknowi flavors, our chefs are preparing Awadhi dishes using Dum Pukht process which is an Awadhi cooking style. This cooking process involves slow cooking on a low fire.

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For food-lovers, dining at Handi has always been a delicious and memorable affair. Interior of the restaurant is kept simple, cozy and elegant; designed to make you enjoy intimate dining in a friendly atmosphere. Outdoors are simply magical. You can indulge in our absolutely mouth-watering menu while looking at a beautiful view of the city. No matter at what time of the day you decide to experience alfresco dining at the terrace of Handi, the atmosphere is always enjoyable and the view unforgettable.

So if you want to experience the exquisite and elaborate Awadh delicacies, then be a part of Dawat-e-handi at a Vaishali Nagar outlet of Handi Restaurant, Jaipur.


Jaipur-302001, Rajasthan – India

18, Gautam Marg, Vaishali Nagar,
Jaipur-302021, Rajasthan – India

Terrific weekends at Handi

Apart from the delicious food and exotic ambiance, Handi at Vaishali Nagar brings for you a Melodious Thursday where there are live music performances every Thursday to delight your ears 🙂

The melodious Thursday is followed by a magical weekend as Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays bring for you magic shows to make all your weekends special !!

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Biryani bash !!

So what exactly comes to your mind when we ask you your top favorite foods? Generally, people of all ages never ever forget to call out ‘Biryani’ as one of their top favorites. But do you know from where did your favorite dish come into existence??

Biryani is believed to be a Persian dish as the word ‘Biryani’ came from Persian ‘Biryan’ meaning fried or roasted before cooking that is the hidden sapor behind this scrumptious dish. Biryani, for centuries now, has been a popular dish among Muslims while moving with them civilization after civilization. It claimed its proper cooking style during the Mughal era and that’s the reason why it is called a “food fit for kings”.


Cooking style of biryani is different for different communities but the main essence behind making of biryani is that rice and meat or vegetables are cooked separately and later, brought together and steamed. The most basic ingredients that each and every Biryani recipe uses are onion, garlic, ghee, mint leaves and most importantly, the ‘Indian Khada masalas’ like the cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg mace, cloves, bay leaves etc. The popular biryani meats are chicken, lamb, mutton, fish, shrimps, quails and sometimes egg and even potatoes.

Out of the various varieties of Biryani, Handi serves the delicious mutton biryani, chicken biryani and veg. biryani and people love to have all the biryanis with ‘Raita’. One can have a variety of things with Biryani like the chilling mixed veg. raita , sliced masala onions or vinegar onions and not to be missed: the tangy mint chutney. Yummy!!! Isn’t your mouth watering?

In mutton biryani, mutton is first marinated with all the ingredients overnight so that all the ingredients get perfectly soaked by the mutton, and then steamed with semi cooked rice.


What do we say about the magical, flavorsome and aromatic Chicken Biryani? You have to come down yourself and gorge into it !!


Veg. biryani includes all the vegetables life onions, potatoes, cauliflower chopped and fried together with the ‘masalas’ followed by mixing with steamed rice. Doesn’t it all seem damn sumptuous?

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You can have the piquant taste of these delectable Biryani dishes at Handi Restaurant located at M.I. road and Vaishali Nagar to satisfy your taste buds any day, anytime !!

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The restaurant conceived in 1984, the one which has earned national repute and has carved a niche for itself in the Mughlai and Tandoori food. Some dishes like Handi meat, Laal maas, Paneer tikka, Chicken Kali Mirch are some delicacies which will blow you away and make you want to go back to this place again and again.

As you might feel the aroma of these delicious dishes right now, we have a good news to share with you !!

Your very favorite Handi restaurant has now opened up in another part of the city, Vaishali Nagar. As you enter the restaurant, it has an ethnic feel to it with the wall shelves neatly decorated with Rajasthani puppets, hand carved Barniyaan and potteries. The place is filled with vivid colors glorifying the Rajasthani culture in its own unique way.

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The wooden furniture adds a traditional style which instantly appeals the visitor at just one glance. The colorful bottles hanging from the tree at the entrance create a fresh and vibrant aura which pulls you towards the restaurant and makes you feel at home in terms of comfort and warmth. The ambiance is well lit with the different designs and hues of lanterns in lieu of the conventional lighting so as to bring about the essence of culture and royalty. The mud walls are well painted with the Mandana art, a special Rajasthani tradition especially drawn to protect home and earth and to welcome gods and goddesses as a mark of festivity.

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Handi warmly welcomes you to the new branch in Vaishali Nagar with the same goodness of homely feel, equally delightful meals and an ambiance which will soothe your soul and make you give away all your worries this weekend 🙂



Feel the heat with Handi meat

There are certain festivals and celebrations which are incomplete without the special Handi mutton made with some special twist !!

Every time you go to a place and eat this dish, you want to ask aloud: ‘Who made this?’ not to kiss their hands but to ask them to part with their recipe!! That is the thing with mutton; everyone has a different way of cooking it, and every new person who borrows a recipe will over the time add a personal touch to it.

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At Handi Restaurant, this spicy mutton dish is cooked on low charcoal for hours in a handi, or clay pot in true Rajasthani Style. You can simply close your eyes and order a Handi meat dish here and we promise to serve you the best !!

You can relish the various versions of this amazing dish with or without the side dishes like raita, lal mirch, dhaniya chutney, assorted breads, baati and have even delighted in the somewhat strange combination of Biryani with the gravy of Handi mutton.

Keeping the ingredients and delicious taste apart, it is slightly a time consuming dish. The handi mutton is as easy as any other non vegetarian dish, and the best part is that before you even know, it is finished and enjoyed. 🙂

Make Kadhai Chicken at home

Kadai Chicken is one of the most famous non-veg delight in restaurants !!

This spicy & yummy North Indian recipe tastes juicy with distinct flavor of bell pepper.

In this recipe, the chicken is cooked in red gravy with whole spices. This dish takes its real color & flavor by cooking in a thick bottomed vessel called Kadhai in India.

Making kadhai chicken at home is really easy..!

Kadhai Chicken

Kadai Murgh 1


  • 1 kg chicken, washed, cleaned and cut into big pieces
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 4 teaspoons garam masala powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 whole red chilies
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt


  1. Grind coriander seeds and whole red chillies into a coarse powder.
  2. Heat oil in a kadhai.
  3. Add bay leaves.
  4. After about 30 seconds, add onions and saute till they turn light golden brown.
  5. Add ginger-garlic paste.
  6. Saute for 2 minutes on medium flame.
  7. Add the above coarse powder.
  8. Stir well.
  9. Add tomatoes and cook till they are fully cooked.
  10. Add chicken pieces, salt to taste and red chilli powder.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Cover the kadai.
  13. Cook till the chicken becomes tender.
  14. Sprinkle garam masala powder over the chicken.
  15. Garnish with corriander leaves and onion rings.
  16. Serve hot with rotis or parathas.

It tastes great with Indian Naan, Roti, Paratha, Chapati or even with plain rice !!



“Authentic Dinner” says Trip Advisor about Handi

One of the oldest and the most favorite food joint of Jaipur; Handi Restaurant undoubtedly offers the most scrumptious barbecue dishes and Mughlai cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. In the evenings a deliciously tempting smoky kebab stall sets up at the entrance to the restaurant which is more of a treat especially in winters.

The following are the reviews of Handi by the world’s largest travel site; Trip Advisor.

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