A few weeks ago I wrote about a slew of new Indian restaurants opening in North Texas, coinciding with astonishing growth in the region's population of Asian Indian immigrants. To put it another way, North Texas is going biryani-crazy, as many of the new restaurants specialize in the classic layered rice dish.
Tabla, a mini-chain with two restaurants in California, has a section on its online menus called "Biryani corner," offering nine iterations of the dish. Prices range from $7.99 – for a vegetable dum biryani – to $9.99 – for special Vijayawada special biryani, a Tabla special Ullavacharu biryani or goat dum biryani, served only on Wednesday and Friday. Dum is a Hyderabad style in which the biryani is steamed in a pot sealed with dough.