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by dassana amit updated October 17, 2013

biryani rice

i remember biryani rice often being ordered by my parents when we would go out for dinners or parcel the food for home.

it was one rice dish that was always ordered. my parents would have the rice with some chicken curry and i would have the rice with palak paneer or dal makhani. strange but a fact. this was always my favorite combination squeezed with some lemon juice on top.

so much so, that my dad would get palak paneer or dal makhani and biryani rice especially for me, when he would get food from out. after having biryani rice in various places, i have come to a really good version of making this rice dish at home.

there are many variations of this recipe. in the south they make a similar dish which goes by the name khuska/kuska rice. the vegetarian version is made with coconut milk or yogurt.  i still have to try this one. i am sure this one would also taste good.

biryani chawal

biryani rice is basically spiced rice. the rice is cooked with spices. so what is the difference between jeera rice and biryani rice. in jeera rice, the rice has flavors of cumin along with other spices. whereas in biryani rice, the rice is just cooked with spices & herbs.

to add some texture and flavor to the rice, i have also garnished with fried onions and cashews. and yes these two do add a lot to this recipe of biryani rice.

for some color and aroma, i have used saffron. however if you are comfortable with artificial coloring, then you can use yellow or orange color. but my suggestion would be to go for natural based coloring ingredients.

biryani rice recipe

this biryani rice, is best served with any rich curry like paneer butter masala, shahi paneer, malai kofta, baingan masala, bagara baingan. also goes well with dal tadka or dal fry.

along with serve some boondi raita or onion-tomato raita or a kuchumber and you have meal fit for a king. remember to have some nice indian dessert towards the end of the meal like kulfi or falooda or gulab jamun.

biryani rice recipe details below:

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biryani rice
 
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biryani rice - light, aromatic rice dish. easy to prepare and goes very well with any rich vegetarian curry or dal.
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Recipe type: main
Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
for the rice
  • 2 cups basmati rice or long grained rice
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 or 2 tsp chopped mint leaves or both mint+coriander leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 3-4 green cardamom
  • a pinch of mace
  • 2 star anise
  • ¾ tsp shah jeera/caraway seeds
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 1 tbsp curd - vegan or dairy
  • a few drops of lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • salt as required
for garnish:
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 8-10 whole cashews
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • few mint leaves
Instructions
  1. rinse the basmati rice for a couple of times in water.
  2. soak the basmati rice in water for 20-25 minutes.
  3. drain and keep aside.
  4. heat oil or ghee in a pan.
preparing the rice:
  1. add the caraway seeds and fry them.
  2. add all the whole spices and fry them for a half a minute.
  3. now add the ginger-garlic paste and mint leaves.
  4. saute for a minute or till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic disappears.
  5. lastly add the saffron and stir.
  6. add rice and stir gently.
  7. now add 4 cups of water, few drops of lemon juice and salt.
  8. stir and cover the pan tightly with a lid.
  9. let the cook rice till its just done.
  10. the rice should have an al dente texture and not become soft or mushy.
  11. check in between but don't stir as this will break the rice grains.
  12. if you feel the water is less, then just add the required amount of hot water.
  13. cover and let the rice cook till done.
preparing the garnish:
  1. whilst the rice is cooking, heat oil in a small pan.
  2. add the sliced onions and fry till they become golden.
  3. add a pinch of salt so that the onions brown quickly.
  4. remove and drain them on paper tissues so that the extra oil is soaked.
  5. in the same pan, roast the cashews till golden.
  6. while being served, garnish the biryani rice with the fried onions, cashews, mint leaves.


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uma April 20, 2014 1

hello
why i tbsp curd ?

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dassana amit April 20, 2014 2

uma, it adds a good taste.

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akshay February 19, 2014 3

simple $ fastly making recipe welldone…

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dassana amit February 22, 2014 4

thanks akshay

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surbhi January 21, 2014 5

Being starter in cooking, great explanation, guidance and easy way towards cooking .
Gud job

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dassana amit January 21, 2014 6

thanks surbhi for this positive feedback.

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Praveen July 12, 2013 7

Thanks dasana, now I’m out of here but will come back whenever I feel hungry.
Really awesome website keep up the good work.

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dassana July 12, 2013 8

thanks praveen once again.

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dassana July 11, 2013 10

thanks praveen for all the positive comments.

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Hira June 7, 2013 11

Thanks for sharing..

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dassana June 21, 2013 12

welcome hira

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renu May 31, 2013 13

Thanks for the receipe. It’s a good one.

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dassana June 1, 2013 14

welcome

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Sharmilee May 23, 2013 15

Am stuck with this post for a while now…..cant take my eyes off the pics…beautiful! Perfectly cooked rice!!

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dassana May 25, 2013 16

thanks sharmi.

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aparna May 23, 2013 17

briyani looks spectacular !

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Divya May 23, 2013 18

I love the combination of Biryani with Paneer too.I make Ghee rice in a similar manner,perfect Sunday meal!

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