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dum aloo biryani recipe

hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe with step by step photos - layered and dum cooked biryani made from baby potatoes. hence the name dum aloo biryani or aloo dum biryani.

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dum aloo biryani recipe with step by step photos – layered and dum cooked biryani made from baby potatoes. hence the name dum aloo biryani or aloo dum biryani.

hyderabadi dum aloo biryani recipe

sharing a biryani recipe which is a family recipe and loved at home. this is my mom’s method of preparing biryani. it was time i shared her recipe. here i have used baby potatoes, but you can use even mix veggies. you can also use regular potatoes instead of baby potatoes. i have also shared another version of baby potato biryani recipe.

whenever i want to have a special rice based dish then biryani is always in my mind. i have shared around 27 veg biryani recipes on the blog. few of the popular biryani recipes you can try are:
1. paneer biryani
2. mushroom biryani
3. veg biryani in pressure cooker
4. hyderabadi veg biryani recipe
5. hyderabadi kacchi biryani recipe
6. restaurant style veg biryani recipe 

when i make this biryani with baby potatoes, i just shallow fry to save time. if you want you can even boil or steam them. if making with veggies, then no need to fry. just cook the veggies in the biryani gravy. in the recipe i have shown the main steps together. however, while cooking, you can cook the rice and veg gravy simultaneously.

you can serve dum aloo biryani with raita or biryani shorba.

if you are looking for more biryani recipes then do check tomato biryani, gobi biryani, awadhi biryani, paneer biryani in pressure cooker and south indian veg biryani recipe.

hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe below:

dum aloo biryani recipe
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aloo dum biryani recipe

hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe with step by step photos - layered and dum cooked biryani made from baby potatoes. hence the name dum aloo biryani or aloo dum biryani.
course main course
cuisine hyderabadi, south indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking rice

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice OR 300 grams basmati rice
  • 5 cups water for cooking rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 3 to 4 strands of mace (javitri)

for ground paste

  • 2 green chillies (hari mirch)
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • ½ inch ginger - roughly chopped (adrak)
  • 5 small to medium garlic - roughly chopped (lahsun)
  • cup fresh curd (yogurt or dahi)

for frying

  • 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 250 grams baby potatoes or 12 to 15 baby potatoes
  • 15 cashews (kaju)
  • ½ tablespoon raisins (kishmish)

for dum aloo biryani gravy

  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 small to medium tejpatta (indian bay leaf)
  • 3 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 125 grams onions OR 2 medium onions OR 1 cup tightly packed thinly sliced onions
  • 75 grams tomatoes OR 1 medium tomato or 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon biryani masala powder or garam masala powder
  • ½ cup water

for layering biryani

  • 1 pinch of saffron (kesar)
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 teaspoons rose water or kewra water

how to make aloo dum biryani recipe

cooking rice for dum aloo biryani

  1. rinse 1.5 cups basmati rice (300 grams) very well in water till the water runs clear of starch. soak rice grains in enough water for 30 minutes. 

  2. on a medium to high flame, bring to boil 5 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 small to medium tej patta, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 strands of mace.

  3. when the water comes to boil, add the rice. do not reduce the flame and cook the rice.

  4. cook rice till its ¾th done or 75% cooked. check the doneness by biting a few grains of rice. you should get a slight bite in the rice.

  5. then drain the rice in a colander. if you want you can even rinse the cooked rice with fresh water. keep aside.

making potato gravy for biryani

  1. in a chutney grinder jar or small grinder, take 2 green chillies, ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves, 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves, ½ inch ginger (roughly chopped), 5 small to medium garlic (roughly chopped).

  2. add ⅓ cup fresh curd (yogurt or dahi).

  3. grind to smooth or a semi fine paste. keep aside.

  4. heat 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) in a pan.

  5. when the ghee becomes hot, add peeled baby potatoes (250 grams or 12 to 15 baby potatoes). if the potatoes are large, then halve or quarter them and then add.

  6. fry the potatoes on medium flame till they are 90% cooked or almost cooked.

  7. remove with a slotted spoon and place the potatoes on kitchen paper towels.

  8. next add 15 cashews (kaju) in the pan and fry till the cashews become golden. remove and keep aside.

  9. next add ½ tablespoon raisins (kishmish) and fry till they become plump. remove and keep aside.

  10. in the same pan now add the following spices - 1 inch cinnamon, 3 green cardamoms, 2 cloves, 1 black cardamom and 1 small to medium tejpatta. the oil will be hot, so the spices will crackle as soon as you add them.

  11. quickly add 1 cup tightly packed thinly sliced onions.

  12. begin to saute the onions on low to medium flame stirring often till they turn golden or caramelize. 

  13. then quickly remove half of the fried onions from the pan.

  14. keep the fried onions aside along with remaining fried ingredients.

  15. now add ½ cup chopped tomatoes

  16. sauté the tomatoes till they turn mushy.

  17. keep the flame to a low and add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder and 1 teaspoon biryani masala powder or garam masala powder. mix very well.

  18. then add the ground paste.

  19. mix very well and saute the masala till you see oil releasing from the sides. 

  20. now add ½ cup water.

  21. season with salt as per taste. mix very well.

  22. add half of the fried potatoes and mix again. 

  23. simmer the gravy on a medium flame for  8 to 9 minutes or till the gravy thickens a bit. keep aside.

assembling and layering aloo dum biryani

  1. when the gravy is cooking, soak 1 pinch of saffron (kesar) in 3 tablespoons warm water. keep aside.

  2. now take half of the gravy and layer it in thick bottomed pan.

  3. layer half of the rice.

  4. next add some of the fried potatoes, cashews and raisins.

  5. layer with some of the fried onions.

  6. add half of the saffron dissolved water.

  7. repeat the gravy, rice, fried potatoes, onions, cashews and raisins layer. add the remaining saffron soaked water. also add 2 teaspoons rose water or kewra water.

  8. seal the pan with aluminium foil.

  9. cover the pan with its lid and place it on a preheated tava or griddle. preheat the tawa on a low to medium flame for 5 minutes before you place the pan.

  10. dum cook biryani on low flame or sim for 30 minutes. 

    if baking – preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius and then bake the potato biryani in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. please remember to use an oven proof glass utensil like the pyrex bowl for baking in the oven. you will have to assemble the aloo biryani as mentioned above in the oven proof utensil. cover with aluminium foil or the pyrex bowl lid and then bake.

  11. give resting time of 5 to 7 minutes and check the aloo biryani. 

  12. if you see a lot of gravy in the biryani, then cover and continue to dum cook. there should be no liquid or gravy at the bottom of the pan. 

  13. if there is some gravy, then seal again and continue to dum cook biryani for some more minutes.

  14. you can garnish with some mint or coriander leaves if you want. serve hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani with your favorite raita or salan.

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how to make hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe:

cooking rice:
1. rinse 1.5 cups basmati rice (300 grams) very well in water till the water runs clear of starch. soak rice grains in enough water for 30 minutes. after 30 minutes drain all the water and keep the soaked rice aside.

rice to make dum aloo biryani recipe

2. on a medium to high flame, bring to boil 5 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 small to medium tej patta, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 strands of mace. taste the water and it should feel slightly salty. if the water is not slightly salty then add a bit more of the salt.

making dum aloo biryani recipe

3. when the water comes to boil, add the rice. do not reduce the flame and cook the rice.

making dum aloo biryani recipe

4. cook rice till its ¾th done or 75% cooked. check the doneness by biting a few grains of rice. you should get a slight bite in the rice.

making dum aloo biryani recipe

5. then drain the rice in a colander. if you want you can even rinse the cooked rice with fresh water. keep aside.

making dum aloo biryani recipe

preparing potato gravy:

6. in a chutney grinder jar or small grinder, take 2 green chillies, ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves, 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves, ½ inch ginger (roughly chopped), 5 small to medium garlic (roughly chopped).

making dum aloo biryani recipe

7. add ⅓cup fresh curd (yogurt or dahi).

curd for dum aloo biryani recipe

8. grind to smooth or a semi fine paste. keep aside.

making dum aloo biryani recipe

9. heat 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) in a pan.

ghee for making dum aloo biryani recipe

10. when the ghee becomes hot, add peeled baby potatoes (250 grams or 12 to 15 baby potatoes). if the potatoes are large, then halve or quarter them and then add.

aloo for making dum aloo biryani recipe

11. fry the potatoes on medium flame.

aloo for making dum aloo biryani recipe

12. fry till the potatoes till they are 90% cooked or almost cooked. they just need to become crisp and golden from the edges. remove with a slotted spoon and place the potatoes on kitchen paper towels.

aloo for making dum aloo biryani recipe

13. next add 15 cashews (kaju) in the pan and fry till the cashews become golden. remove and keep aside.

cashews for making dum aloo biryani recipe

14. next add ½ tablespoon raisins (kishmish).

raisins for making dum aloo biryani recipe

15. fry till they become plump.

raisins for making dum aloo biryani recipe

16. remove and keep aside.

raisins for making dum aloo biryani recipe

17. in the same pan now add the following spices – 1 inch cinnamon, 3 green cardamoms, 2 cloves, 1 black cardamom and 1 small to medium tejpatta. the oil will be hot, so the spices will crackle as soon as you add them.

spices for making dum aloo biryani recipe

18. quickly add 1 cup tightly packed thinly sliced onions.

onions for making dum aloo biryani recipe

19. begin to saute the onions on low to medium flame stirring often.

onions for making dum aloo biryani recipe

20. first the onions will become light golden. so continue to saute them.

onions for making dum aloo biryani recipe

21. saute onions till they turn golden in color and caramelize.

onions for making dum aloo biryani recipe

22. quickly remove half of the fried onions from the pan.

onions for making dum aloo biryani recipe

23. keep the fried onions aside along with remaining fried ingredients.

onions for making dum aloo biryani recipe

24. now add 1 medium tomato (chopped) or ½ cup chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for making dum aloo biryani recipe

25. sauté the tomatoes till they turn mushy.

tomatoes for making dum aloo biryani recipe

26. keep the flame to a low and add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder and 1 teaspoon biryani masala powder or garam masala powder. mix very well.

spices for making dum aloo biryani recipe

27. then add the ground paste.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

28. mix very well and saute the masala.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

29. saute till you see oil releasing from the sides of the masala.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

30. now add ½ cup water.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

31. season with salt as per taste. mix very well.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

32. add half of the fried potatoes.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

33. simmer the gravy on a medium flame.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

34. simmer for 8 to 9 minutes till the gravy thickens. you will also see some specks of ghee on top of the gravy. keep aside.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

assembling and layering dum aloo biryani:

35. when the gravy is cooking, soak 1 pinch of saffron (kesar) in 3 tablespoons warm water. keep aside.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

36. now take half of the gravy and layer it in thick bottomed pan.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

37. layer half of the rice.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

38. next add some of the half of the fried potatoes, cashews and raisins.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

39. layer with half of the fried onions.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

40. add half of the saffron dissolved water.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

41. repeat the gravy, rice, fried potatoes, onions, cashews and raisins layer. add the remaining saffron soaked water. also add 2 teaspoons rose water or kewra water

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

42. seal the pan with aluminium foil.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

43. cover the pan with its lid and place it on a preheated tava or griddle. preheat the tawa on a low to medium flame for 5 minutes before you place the pan.

preparing hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

44. dum cook biryani on low flame or sim for 30 minutes. if baking – preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius and then bake the potato biryani in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. please remember to use an oven proof glass utensil like the pyrex bowl for baking in the oven. you will have to assemble dum aloo biryani as mentioned above in the oven proof utensil. cover with aluminium foil or the pyrex bowl lid and then bake.

give resting time of 5 to 7 minutes and check the biryani. if you see a lot of gravy in the biryani, then cover and continue to dum cook the biryani. there should be no liquid or gravy at the bottom of the pan. if there is some gravy, then seal again and continue to dum cook biryani for some more minutes.

hyderabadi style dum aloo biryani recipe

46. you can garnish with some mint or coriander leaves if you want. serve dum aloo biryani with your favorite raita or mirchi ka salan.

dum aloo biryani recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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8 comments/reviews

  1. Super yummilicious.. Just owsum. Just cant thank you enough for all your receipes. Love you.

    • thank you komal ❤️

  2. Interesting. Making this tonight.. Thanks

    • Welcome Rithika

  3. I made this recipe yesterday and it came out so yummy.. best of luck!!!

    • Thanks Dipti

  4. Awesome receipe..I am surely going to try this!

    • thanks aashu.

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