A Chinese looking lady beamed her pearly whites, her skin sallow, and her grin welcoming. She handed the menu. Hmmm… pricey indeed. Without batting an eyelash, I was seduced by the name: Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani. And wouldn't I love to name drop: “I had Hyderabadi cuisine in India.” How many tourists can say that? J Trouble was, I wasn't sure what “mutton” was. Someone later mentioned “goat meat” and any reservations of partaking goat meat become moot and academic. It’s all been eventually consumed, digested, and, pardon me, excreted. I heaved a sigh of relief when another foray into a dictionary mentioned “sheep”, i.e. the meat of a domestic sheep. For connoisseurs, it turns out that meat from a sheep one year old or younger is called “lamb”, while older meats are called “mutton” or “hoggett”. Don’t we just love the semantics behind carnivorous gastronomy? While “lambs” are more tender, “muttons” are supposed to be tastier because they contain higher concentrations of species-characteristic fatty acids. True enough, my “mutton” was tasty. Of course, at the time of consumption, I was simply, albeit ignorantly, masticating on what I thought was a regional term for porcine or bovine meat. How naive and misinformed was I, right?
|Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani: goat or sheep?|
|My 60 rupee egg curry.|
|Club India Cafe and Restaurant is located at 4797, Main Bazaar, Pahara Ganj , near 6 Tooti Chowk, New Delhi|
|I could see Hotel Shelton and its rooftop restaurant where I had dinner the night before.|
|That's a lot of flat breads.|
Arriving in Delhi - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-day-in-delhis-paharganj.html
Rickshaw Ride in Delhi - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-rickshaw-ride-in-delhi-one-lazy.html