We Tried Out Colombo’s One & Only Crab Biriyani!.

Biriyani is everywhere in Colombo. But Crab Biriyani, not so much. This is where the Ministry of Crab steps in.
A venture by the popular trio – Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara and Dharshan Munidasa, the Ministry of Crab is a heaven for crab-lovers, or anyone who loves shellfish, really. From sourcing the right ingredients to adding their culinary magic to it, they've been doing a killer job. Thus, it's no wonder how they managed to work their way up in the list of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants
So almost a year ago, the Ministry of Crab added another delightful affair to their menu – a Crab Biriyani. And after much, much anticipation, we finally managed to get our hands on it.

The Biriyani

This Crab Biriyani is a beautiful representation of Sri Lankan spices, fat mud crab, rice and the Ministry of Crab's signature touch. While preserving the traditional biriyani recipe, they've added a bunch of interesting twists to it, to create a recipe of their own.

And the end result is quite delicious. 

It arrives in a clay pot, accompanied by three sides – Crab Bisque (gravy), Malay Pickle, and Mint Sambol. This is the three-person portion, priced at Rs. 5000 which includes 750 grams of fleshy Sri Lankan mud crab. From what we experienced, it can easily serve four people.

They also have a six-person pot, that costs Rs. 11000.

Oh my! There was this tempting aroma wafting through, as we tore the paper cover off. That whiff itself was promising enough – it's one crab-packed biriyani.

The rice had a gorgeous bright orange hue, just like the evening sky. It was slightly sticky, but not overly so, and seemed to have absorbed all the spices beautifully.

Each bite was rich with chunks of crab meat; lots and lots of it, along with a little bit of chopped up onions and of course, spices. The bottom of the clay pot was covered with a banana leaf, which further enhanced the flavour and aroma.

Featuring six eggs – three boiled, and three boiled and fried, it doesn't let you run out of proteins to mix with your rice. There's no crab meat in the shell; as it's already in the biriyani, but don't forget to check out the claws. They're full of meat.

Generously infused with spices, the Crab Bisque was an absolutely creamy delight, while the Malay Pickle had the sweet and sour elements in the right balance. The Mint Sambol was a tad too coconutty for our liking, but yet, tasted good.

All of them contributed to shaping up and improving the overall flavour profile of the biriyani.

How To Order

Simply WhatsApp your order to 0770024823, at least 24 hours in advance, and make the payment online, through the link they send. Every delivery is subjected to a delivery fee, which should be paid in cash upon receiving the order. Ours arrived in a tuk, and the fee was Rs. 600 (to Sri Jayewardhanapura Kotte). 


Well, it's not your regular biriyani. It has its own unique taste; more of a localised one, with the addition of Sri Lanka's finest mud crab. Definitely a feast for the family.

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