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Shorba recipe for biryani and pulao with step by step pics – shorba os sherva is a spiced tomato-onion based side gravy served with biryani and pulao.

shorba recipe, side gravy for biryani

I had got a few requests for Sharing the side gravy that is served with biryani. usually when I make biryanis, I often make raita. But when I make pulao, I make this side gravy at times. As I feel its goes better with a pulao than a biryani. Just a personal preference.

Shorba is the Indian term for soups. the consistency of this vegetarian shorba is thin, but not soupy. this gravy tastes very good, if you have vegetable stock. I had some vegetable stock in the fridge after making yakhni pulao. If you have homemade veg stock, then I would suggest to add it in the shorba. If not, then add water. I have made this recipe both with stock and water. However, with water the taste and flavors change somewhat but still tastes good.

This shorba recipe is a slightly spicy version as I was serving with veg pulao which is kind of bland in taste. For a less spicy gravy, just reduce the amount of green chilies and red chili powder. This is a thin gravy and hence accompanies a veg pulao or veg biryani very well.

You can also serve with a simple peas pulao or potato pulao. You can also have it with jeera rice or even plain steamed rice.

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shorba recipe for biryani, side gravy recipe for biryani and pulao

shorba recipe

4.73 from 11 votes
Shorba or sherva is a side onion-tomato gravy for veg biryani or pulao.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine Hyderabadi
Course: Side Dish

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

for ground paste

  • 150 grams tomatoes or 3 medium tomatoes or 1 cup roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 50 grams onion or 1 medium onion or 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 green chili or 1 teaspoon chopped green chili (hari mirch)
  • ½ inch ginger or 1 teaspoon roughly chopped ginger
  • 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves (lahsun) or 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut or 2 tablespoon desiccated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves or chopped coriander leaves or half-half of both
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon water for grinding optional

other ingredients for shorba recipe

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tejpatta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi) - optional
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms (hari elaichi or choti elaichi)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dal chini)
  • 3 to 4 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 to 3 all spice (kababchini) - optional
  • 1 or 2 single mace strands (javitri)
  • 4 to 5 black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder) - reduce to ¼ teaspoon for a less spiced gravy
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 to 1.25 cups veg stock, preferred or substitute with 1 cup water
  • salt as required
  • a few chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

making paste for shorba recipe

  • In a grinder or blender, take the following ingredients - 1 cup roughly chopped tomatoes, 1/3 cup chopped onion, 1 tsp chopped green chili, 1 tsp roughly chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 2 tbsp grated fresh or desiccated coconut and 1 tbsp chopped mint or chopped coriander or half-half of both.
  • Grind without adding any water to a smooth paste. If unable to grind to a smooth paste, then add 1 to 1.5 tbsp water.

making shorba recipe

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the whole spices - 1 tejpatta, 1 black cardamom, 2 to 3 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 cloves, 2 to 3 all spice/kababchini (optional), 1 or 2 single mace strands & 4 to 5 black pepper. 
  • If you want you can even skip the black cardamom. Though adding black cardamom does give its flavor to the curry.
  • Saute till the spices become aromatic.
  • Now add the ground tomato-onion paste. Be careful as the mixture splutters. Stir very well.
  • Then add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder (reduce to 1/4 tsp for a less spiced gravy), 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala powder and 1 tsp coriander powder.
  • Stir the spice powders with the rest of the masala paste.
  • Stir and saute the masala till you see oil releasing from the sides of the paste. The mixture will also gather together and leave the sides of the pan.
  • Then add 1 to 1.25 cups vegetable stock. Its preferable to add veg stock. If you do not have veg stock, then add water. If making for veg biryani, you can also parboil/boil the veggies that will be added to the biryani and then add this vegetable stock to the gravy.
  • Stir very well and season with salt.
  • Again stir and bring the curry to a simmer on a low to medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes or till you see specks of oil on top.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander or mint leaves. Serve shorba with vegetable biryani or vegetable pulao.

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Preparation to make shorba recipe

1. In a grinder or blender, take the following Ingredients – 1 cup roughly chopped tomatoes, ⅓ cup chopped onion, 1 tsp chopped green chili, 1 tsp roughly chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 2 tbsp grated fresh or desiccated coconut and 1 tbsp chopped mint or chopped coriander or half-half of both.

ingredients for shorba or sherva recipe

2. Grind without adding any water to a smooth paste. If unable to grind to a smooth paste, then add 1 to 1.5 tbsp water.

paste for shorba recipe or sherva gravy recipe

Making shorba recipe for biryani

3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the whole spices – 1 tejpatta, 1 black cardamom, 2 to 3 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 cloves, 2 to 3 all spice/kababchini (optional), 1 or 2 single mace strands & 4 to 5 black pepper. If you want you can even skip the black cardamom if you do not like its aroma. Though adding black cardamom does give its smoky flavor & aroma to the curry. This particular spice goes well with some folks and not so well with some.

making sherva recipe

4. Saute till the spices become aromatic.

spices for shorba or sherva gravy

5. Now add the ground paste. Be careful as the mixture splutters.

making shorba recipe

6. Stir very well.

making shorba recipe

7. Then add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder (reduce to ¼ tsp for a less spiced gravy), ½ tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp garam masala powder and 1 tsp coriander powder.

masala for shorba or sherva recipe

8. Stir the spice powders with the rest of the masala paste.

making shorba or sherva gravy recipe

9. Stir and saute the masala till you see oil releasing from the sides of the paste. The mixture will also gather together and leave the sides of the pan.

making shorba or sherva recipe

10. Then add 1 to 1.25 cups vegetable stock. Its preferable to add veg stock. If you do not have veg stock, then add water. If making for vegetable biryani, you can also parboil/boil the veggies that will be added to the biryani and then add this vegetable stock to the gravy.

water for shorba or sherva gravy

11. Here we have added the entire vegetable stock.

making shorba or sherva gravy

12. Stir very well.

making shorba or sherva gravy recipe

13. Season with salt.

salt for shorba or sherva gravy recipe

14. Stir and bring the shorba gravy to a simmer on a low to medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes or till you see specks of oil on top. Switch off the flame.

making shorba or sherva gravy recipe

15. Garnish with chopped coriander or mint leaves. Serve shorba gravy with vegetable biryani or vegetable pulao.

shorba recipe for biryani pulao

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42 Comments

  1. Hi amit

    This is a really yummy one. Paired it with briyani for potluck. Can u plz post the one which is made up of peanuts
    Thank u5 stars

    1. thankyou pooja hope you had a greta pot luck, have taken your request for peanut shorba on our file.

      1. I forgot to say this.. My 3 yr old daughter when she came out of her room said this “wow it smells so good .come on let’s eat daddy” .

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