Biryani

Biryani/ Biriyani or Biriani is an epitome of the Indian Culinary arts and requires no introduction. This one pot meal has satiated the hunger pangs, ranging from normal to weird, for many since centuries. Considering the type of ingredients that go into making it, some might even consider it a balanced meal.

While many may claim it a national treasure, the Biryani, traces its origins to Persia. Biryani is derived from the Persian word Birian, which means fried before cooking and Birinj, the Persian word for rice. It is generally accepted that the Mughals brought the dish to India at the time of their rule. With its humble begins there, it underwent many changes in the royal kitchens, making it one of the reasons for it being associated with royalty. Having said this, it was during Shah Jahan’s rule that Biryani, literally, became a one-pot, wholly nutritious meal for the Mughal Army.

Even today, the most delicious Briyanis are often associated with Muslim communities, many of which have time-tested recipes that have been handed down across generations. The Biryani and Pulao are vastly different in one main aspect – the Gravy. Biryanis have a thicker and spicer gravy and have layers of meat and rice, the pulao is mildly spiced with rice cooked together along with meat and vegetables.

A fan already? Then you must try out our collection of Vegetarian Biryani recipes.

Bamboo Rice Biyani
Biryani

Bamboo Rice Biryani

Bamboo, a plant that is often used for a variety of reasons across our country also yields a rare type of rice which can be obtained when the plant dries. Bamboo rice, also known as Mulayari is used to make various types of sweet dishes and other recipes during festivals. […]

Biryani Masala Powder
Biryani, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Biryani Masala Powder

In the land known for its love of Biryani, there would just be a handful of them who are are not interested. But when it comes to cooking a good biryani, it is only a handful of them who can create this exquisite dish. There are 2 secrets to it […]

Vendhaya Keerai Biryani
Biryani

Vendhaya Keerai Biryani

A flavourful, delicious and simple biryani with methi leaves. Ideal for lunch or dinner and best served with a raita of choice. Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 1 cup Vendhaya Keerai (Methi Leaves) – 1 bunch Onions – 2, medium, finely chopped Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped Coconut Milk – 1/2 […]

Rajma Biryani (Red Kidney Beans Biryani)
Biryani

Rajma Biryani (Red Kidney Beans Biryani)

A spicy and tangy delicious biryani with rajma (red kidney beans). Ideal for lunch or dinner. Serve with raita. Ingredients: Rajma (Red Kidney Beans) – 1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice – 1 cup Tomato – 1, chopped Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder – 3/4 tsp Clove Powder […]

Chettinad Mushroom Biryani
Biryani, Mushroom

Chettinad Mushroom Biryani

This delicious Chettinad style Mushroom Biryan is a great lunchtime/dinner dish ideal for any occasion. The cuisine of Chettinad is known for its use of spices and masalas. And this dish serves as a reminder of what Chettinad food is all about. Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 500 gms Button Mushrooms […]

Broccoli Biryani
Biryani, Broccoli

Broccoli Biryani

This delicious and nutritious biryani made with broccoli is a suited for any occasion – be it a lazy weekend lunch or a dinner party or even an office/school lunch box. Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 3 cups, cooked Broccoli – 2 cups, chopped Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 to 3 […]

tofu briyani
Biryani, Soya

Tofu Biryani

A delicious and flavourful vegetarian biryani dish with tofu, onions, tomatoes in a spicy yogurt gravy. Ideal for weeknight dinner or for any occasion. Serve with raita. Ingredients: Tofu – 800 gms, extra-firm, diced (available readymade) Plain Yogurt – 2 cups Saffron Strands – 2 tsp, soaked in 1/2 cup […]

Avarakkai (Broad Beans) Biryani
Beans, Biryani, Kids

Avarakkai (Broad Beans) Biryani

A healthy and tasty biryani that kids would love too. Makes a good lunch or a dinner dish. Serve with raita. Ingredients: Rice – 1 cup Broad Beans (Avarakkai) – 50 gms, chopped Onion – 1, chopped Tomato – 1, small, chopped Lemon Juice – 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder […]

Nawabi Veg Biryani
Biryani

Nawabi Veg Biryani

A delicious and simple to make Biryani with peas, potatoes, onions and spices. Best served with onion raita. Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 2 cups Potatoes – 4 to 5, boiled, peeled, diced Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp Green Peas – 1 cup, shelled Onions – 4, sliced Ghee – 3 […]

aval biryani
Biryani

Aval Biryani

A simple and delicious Biryani made with Poha (Aval). Serve with papads. Ingredients: Aval (Poha) – 1 cup Gram Flour – 1/4 cup Green Chillies – 3, finely chopped Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled, finely chopped Lemon Juice – 1/2 tsp Coriander Leaves – handful, chopped Saunf – 1 […]

Dal Biryani
Biryani, Dal

Dal Biryani

Simple and delicious Biryani. Serve with raita or as it is. Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 500 gms Toor Dal – 100 gms Onions – 1 cup, finely chopped Asafoetida Powder – little Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp Ginger – 1/2 tsp, peeled, finely chopped Garlic – 2 cloves, peeled, finely […]

Sprouted Green Gram / Mulai Payaru
Biryani

Sprouted Green Gram Biryani

Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 2 cups Sprouted Green Gram – 1 cup Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tblsp Cabbage – 1/3 cup, finely sliced Capsicum – 1/3 cup, finely chopped Spring Onions – 1/3 cup, finely chopped Soya Sauce – 1 tblsp Coriander Leaves – 3 tblsp, finely chopped Oil […]

coriander leaves
Biryani

Coriander and Mint Biryani

Ingredients: Raw Rice – 2 cups Mint Leaves – 1 small bunch, chopped Coriander Leaves – 1 small bunch, chopped Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated Green Chillies – 2 Onion – 1, finely sliced Tomato – 1, chopped Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp Oil – 3 tblsp Salt as […]

Plain Noodles
Biryani

Noodles Biryani

Ingredients: Plain Noodles – 2 cups Onions – 1/3 cup, finely chopped Carrots – 1/3 cup, finely chopped Beans – 1/3 cup, finely chopped Lemon Juice – 1 tblsp COriander Leaves – handful, chopped Oil  – 4 tblsp Salt as per taste To grind: Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated Green […]

Kili Mooku Mango
Biryani, Mango

Kili Mooku Mango Biryani

Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 2 cups Mango – 1, ripened (preferably Kili Mooku Mango) Roasted Peanuts – 3 tblsp Green Chillies – 2, chopped Dry Red Chillies – 1 Coriander Leaves – 6 tblsp Oil – 3 tblsp Salt as per taste Method: 1. Pressure cook the rice with salt […]

masala cashew nuts
Biryani

Masala Cashew Biryani

Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 2 cups Masala Cashew Nuts – 15 to 20 (available readymade) Oil – 3 tblsp Salt as per taste Grind to a powder #1: Bay Leaf Saunf Gasa Gasa Cloves Roast and Grind to a powder #2: Peanuts – 1/4 cup, shelled Coconut – 1/4 cup, […]

Tender Coconut
Biryani

Tender Coconut Biryani

Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 1 cup Ghee – 2 tblsp Cashewnuts – 2 tblsp Raisins – 2 tblsp Tender Coconut Water – 1 cup Tender Coconut Flesh – 1 cup, finely chopped or coarsely ground Milk Maid – 1/4 cup Salt – a pinch Method: 1. Soak the rice for […]

Pineapples
Biryani, Pineapple

Pineapple Biryani

Ingredients: Raw Rice – 2 cups Pineapple Slices – 6 Lemon Food Colour – a pinch Sugar – 1 cup Milk Maid – 1/2 cup Ghee – 3 tblsp Cardamom Powder – a pinch Method: 1. Grind the pineapples to a smooth paste. 2. Add water and strain well to […]

mushrooms
Biryani, Mushroom, Soya

Mushroom Soya Biryani

Ingredients: Mushrooms – 500 gms Soya Chunks – 1 cup Basmati Rice – 2 cups Onion – 1, sliced Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tsp Coriander Leaves – 1/2 cup, finely chopped Mint Leaves – 1/4 cup, finely chopped Green Chillies – 3 Oil – […]

Masala Kuska
Biryani

Masala Kuska

A delicious vegetarian kuska rice popular in South India. Ingredients: Raw Rice – 1 cup Milk – 2 cups Onion – 1, finely chopped Tomato – 1, finely chopped Green Chillies – 3 Mint Leaves – handful, chopped Coriander Leaves – handful, chopped Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp Cinnamon […]

Hyderabad Biryani
Biryani

Hyderabad Veg Biryani

Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 1 cup Thick Curd – 1 cup Onions – 2, chopped Juice of 1 Lemon Garlic – 10 cloves Potatoes – 1/2 cup, cubed Carrot – 1/2 cup, cubed Chow Chow (Bangalore Kathirikai) – 1/2 cup, cubed Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tblsp Ghee – 1 […]

Makkachola (Corn) Rawa
Biryani

Corn Rava Biryani

Ingredients: Makkachola (Corn) Rawa – 1 cup Dry Corn Kernels – 1/2 cup Tomato Juice – 1/2 cup Bay Leaf – 1/2 inch piece Bay Leaf – 1 Cardamoms – 2 Cloves – 3 Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tblsp Ghee – 2 tblsp Saffron Strands – a pinch, mixed […]

Double Beans Biryani
Beans, Biryani

Double Beans Biryani

Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 1 cup Double Beans – 1/4 cup, peeled Soy Sauce – 1 tblsp Dry Methi Leaves – 1 tblsp Onions – 1/4 cup, finely chopped Ghee – 2 tblsp Coconut Milk – 2 cups Curry Leaves – few Salt as per taste Dry roast and powder: […]

Paneer Potato Biryani
Biryani, Paneer, Potato

Paneer and Potato Balls Biryani

Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 1 cup Potatoes – 3, boiled, peeled, mashed Onions – 3, sliced Green Chillies – 2, chopped Rusk – 1/4 cup, powdered Paneer – 1/2 cup, grated Bengal Gram Dal – 3 tblsp Horse Gram – 3 tblsp Moong Dal – 3 tblsp Javvarisi (Sago) – […]

Rainbow Biryani
Biryani, Christmas

Rainbow Biryani

Ingredients: Basmati Rice – 1 1/2 cup Pachai Payaru (Black Gram), Rajma, Black Chickpeas, White Pattani, Karamani, Horse Gram, Mochai – 1 1/2 cup (all together) Cabbage – 1/2 cup, grated White Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp Asafoetida Powder – 1/2 tsp Clove Powder – 1/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder – […]

Bread Slices
Biryani

Bread Biryani

Ingredients: Basmatic Rice – 1 cup Coconut Milk – 1 1/2 cup Green Peas – 1/4 cup Radish – 1/4 cup, grated Carrot – 1/4 cup, grated Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated Onions – 2, chopped Bread Slices – 4, crusts removed, sliced in small pieces Cashewnuts – 5 Almonds […]

Red Aval/Poha
Biryani

Red Aval Biryani

Ingredients: Red Aval (Poha) – 1 1/2 cups Beans – 1/2 cup, finely chopped Capsicum – 1, chopped Bay Leaf – 1 Onion – 2, chopped Carrot – 2, grated Green Chillies – 3, chopped Cloves – 3 Cardamoms – 3 Green Peas – 2 tblsp Soy Sauce – 2 […]