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. […]

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
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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 […]