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.

aval 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

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

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

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

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

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 […]