biryani rice or biryani chawal, how to make biryani rice recipe

biryani rice

biryani rice or biryani chawal recipe – 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 biryani rice 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.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check bisi bele bath, masala bhaat, masala rice, veg biryani and veg pulao.

biryani chawal or biryani rice recipe below:

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biryani rice recipe
biryani rice - light, aromatic rice dish. easy to prepare and goes very well with any rich vegetarian curry or dal.
CUISINE: north indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for the rice
  • 2 cups basmati rice or long grained rice
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste (adrak lahsun ka paste)
  • 1 or 2 tsp chopped mint leaves or both mint+coriander leaves
  • 1 bay leaf/tej patta
  • 1 inch cinnamon/dal chini
  • 2-3 cloves/laung
  • 3-4 green cardamom/hari elaichi or choti elaichi
  • a pinch of mace/javitri
  • 2 star anise/chakriphool
  • ¾ tsp shah jeera/caraway seeds
  • a pinch of saffron/kesar
  • 1 tbsp curd/dahi/yogurt - 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/pyaaz, sliced thinly
  • 8-10 whole cashews/kaju
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • few mint leaves/pudina patta
  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 curd 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. let the cook rice till its just done.
  9. the rice should have an al dente texture and not become soft or mushy.
  10. check in between but don't stir as this will break the rice grains.
  11. if you feel the water is less, then just add the required amount of hot water.
  12. 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.

{ 32 Responses }

  1. says

    this looks so yummy Dassana,
    how do you manage to cook the rice so perfect with the grains not too sticky and separated? is there a post on rice? :)

    • says

      thanks mansi. i am cooking rice for many years now. so enough experience of cooking rice. i don’t have a post but planning to post ‘how to make rice soon’.

  2. Kelly says

    Your recipe looks delicious. I am new to Indian cooking so I have a question about the spices that you saute before putting the rice in the pot….Do you leave the whole cloves and 1″ cinnamon in the rice? Do you just warn people to pick around them because it seems like these could be very hard and disturbing to crunch down on? Or do you try to remove them before serving?Just wondering.

    • says

      thanks kelly. i do keep the spices. generally when we have food, we remove the whole spices while eating. indians, know about the whole spices being added in recipes like biryani or a rich curry and they don’t need to be warned :-) but if you want, you can remove the whole spices while layering the rice as well as the vegetable gravy. you can remove them while serving.

  3. Snehal says

    Hi Dassana, i love all the recipies which i have tried from your posts….never ever have they dissappointed me!! Now whnevr i want to try sumthng, i come to ur posts rightaway!! Thanks a tonne , Dassana!! God bless you!

  4. Bhavana says

    I made it today, it z tasting really good, I did not add curd to it, I feel curd may dull the taste of spices. It z the first time I made biryani @ home. Just loved it!!, I have even tried some other receipes of you, they are also very good, thank you

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  7. says

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