Mangalore Style Biryani (With Ground Coconut Masala)

Mangalore Style Biryani recipe is a spiced fragrant one-pot biryani made with mixed veggies. This is a vegan biryani which uses a ground coconut & spices masala.

Thus the result is a spicy biryani with robust flavors. There is no layering involved in the biryani. like most South Indian biryanis this recipe is one pot and cooked in steam or dum. The recipe is inspired and loosely adapted from the book ‘Biryani’ by Pratibha Karan.

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I try different methods of making biryanis and whenever I prepare a biryani recipe which tastes good, I add them on the blog too. So far I have added some biryani recipes ranging from not so easy to easy ones.

Few such biryani recipes are

Like most biryani recipes, it also goes well with onion-tomato raita. You can also serve some sliced onions or pickled onions (sirke wale pyaaz) or a side salad. You can also serve this Mangalore style biryani with tomato onion shorba.

How to make Mangalore Style Biryani (With Ground Coconut Masala)

1. Rinse basmati rice very well in water and then soak for 30 minutes.

soaked basmati rice

2. After 30 minutes, strain the rice of all the water and keep aside.

basmati rice

3. Take all the ingredients for the masala paste – ¼ cup tightly packed fresh grated coconut, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 3 to 4 dry red chilies, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp poppy seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 8 to 10 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds), 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms and ½ inch cinnamon.

ingredients for the masala paste

4. Add these ingredients along with ¼ to ⅓ cup water in a grinder jar. Grind to a smooth paste.

making masala paste

5. Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a thick-bottomed pot or pan. Add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.

sliced onions in oil

6. Sauté the onions on a low to medium flame, stirring often.

saute the onions

7. Sauté the onions till they turn golden.

sauteinf the onions

8. Now add ½ cup chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and 1 sprig curry leaves (10 to 12 curry leaves).

adding chopped tomatoes

9. Stir and sauté for a minute.

sauteing tomatoes

10. Then add 1 or 2 green chilies (slit or sliced).

adding sliced green chillies

11. Next add ¼ tsp turmeric powder.

adding turmeric powder

12. Mix well and sauté on a low to medium flame till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy. You will also see oil releasing from the sides of the onion-tomato masala.

sauteing tomatoes

13. Now add the ground spice paste.

add the ground spice paste

14. Stir well and sauté for 3 minutes on a low flame.

making Mangalore style biryani

15. Add 1.75 to 2 cups chopped veggies. You can add your choice of veggies. I added a mix of carrots, green peas and potatoes.

adding veggies

16. Stir well and mix the veggies with the rest of the masala.

mix the veggies with the rest of the masala

17. Now add the rice.

adding rice

18. Gently stir the rice with the veggies and masala.

mix

19. Add 2 cups water.

adding water

20. Season with salt as per taste. Check the taste of the water and it should taste slightly salty.

making Mangalore style biryani

21. Seal the pan with an aluminum foil or a moist kitchen towel or a moist cotton napkin.

making Mangalore style biryani

22. Close tightly with a lid.

making Mangalore style biryani

23. On a low flame cook till the rice grains are cooked, fluffy, soft and all the water is absorbed. It took me 18 minutes for the rice to cook. Time will vary depending on the size and volume of the pan, the thickness of pan, flame intensity etc. If the rice grains are still undercooked and all the water has been absorbed then sprinkle some tablespoons of water. Cover and cook for some more minutes.

cooking Mangalore style biryani

24. Allow a standing time of 5 minutes and then open the lid. Gently fluff and Serve Mangalore style biryani with raita or pickle or papad. You can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves if you want.

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Mangalore Style Biryani (With Ground Coconut Masala)

5 from 7 votes
This is a spiced and fragrant one-pot Mangalore style biryani made with mixed veggies and a robust spice paste made with coconut & lot of spices.
mangalorean veg biryani
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:35 mins
Total Time:1 hr 5 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:mangalorean,south indian
Diet:gluten-free,vegan
Servings (change the number to scale):2
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

main ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 medium onions or 100 grams onions or 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 to 2 green chilies, slit or sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 medium tomato or 75 grams tomatoes or ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 medium to large carrot or 100 grams carrots or ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes or 150 grams potatoes or ¾ to 1 cup chopped potatoes
  • cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice, or 200 grams basmati rice
  • 2 cups water for cooking rice
  • salt as required

to be ground to paste

  • ¼ cup tightly packed fresh grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 3 to 4 dry red chilies
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 8 to 10 fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup water for grinding

Instructions

preparation

  • Rinse basmati rice very well in water and then soak for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, strain the rice of all the water and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile, while the rice is soaking, rinse and chop all the veggies. Keep them aside.

preparing the ground paste

  • Also take all the ingredients for the masala paste - ¼ cup tightly packed fresh grated coconut, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 3 to 4 dry red chilies, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp poppy seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 8 to 10 methi seeds, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms and ½ inch cinnamon.
  • Add these ingredients along with ¼ to ⅓ cup water in a grinder jar. 
  • Grind to a smooth paste.

making mangalorean biryani

  • Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a thick bottomed pot or pan. Add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.
  • Saute the onions on a low to medium flame, stirring often till they turn golden.
  • Now add ½ cup chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and 1 sprig curry leaves.
  • Stir and saute for a minute.
  • Then add 1 or 2 green chilies (slit or sliced) and add ¼ tsp turmeric powder.
  • Mix well and saute on a low to medium flame till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy. You will also see oil releasing from the sides of the onion-tomato masala.
  • Now add the ground spice paste. Stir well and saute for 3 minutes on a low flame.
  • Add 1.75 to 2 cups chopped veggies. You can add your choice of veggies. I added a mix of carrots, green peas and potatoes.
  • Stir well and mix the veggies with the rest of the masala.
  • Now add the rice. Gently stir the rice with the veggies and masala.
  • Add 2 cups water. Season with salt as per taste. Stir.
  • Seal the pan with an aluminum foil or a moist kitchen towel or a moist cotton napkin. Close tightly with a lid.
  • On a low flame cook till the rice grains are cooked and all the water is absorbed. It took me 18 minutes for the rice to cook. 
  • Time will vary depending on the size and volume of pan, the thickness of pan, flame intensity etc. 
  • If the rice grains are still undercooked and all the water has been absorbed then add a few tablespoons of water. 
  • Cover and cook for some more minutes.
  • Allow a standing time of 5 minutes and then open the lid. 
  • Gently fluff and serve mangalore style biryani with raita or pickle or papad. You can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves if you want.

Notes

  • This biryani can be made in the pressure cooker. Just add 1.5 to 1.75 cups water and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Mangalore Style Biryani (With Ground Coconut Masala)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 631 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Sodium 713mg31%
Potassium 658mg19%
Carbohydrates 103g34%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 5991IU120%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 9mg45%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 16µg15%
Calcium 136mg14%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 123µg31%
Iron 4mg22%
Magnesium 83mg21%
Phosphorus 226mg23%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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40 comments/reviews

  1. bombaat recipe prepared and had today

    Thank you for delicious recipe5 stars

    • awesome and thank you trishna.

  2. I tried this recipe. Resulted in a flavourful and delicious outcome! Another gem from your collection. Thanks for sharing the recipe Dassana. God bless!5 stars

    • welcome np. thanks for your positive feedback on biryani and also for your best wishes.

  3. Dasana, this recipe turned out very good. Just that the water, I think could have been a tad lesser.

    • heeru, amount of water to be used depends on the quality of rice. so you can add less water keeping in mind the variety of rice you are using. some rice grains cook fast and need less water and some take more time and need more water. hope this helps.

  4. hi dassana! another great tasting biryani recipe.tastes delicious.thanks.
    I was wondering if it could be converted to mix veg curry to be served with either paratha or dinner rolls.5 stars

    • thanks meveera and welcome. of course you can use the same masala base to make a mix veg curry.

  5. I made this today using instant pot and it turned out amazing! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Welcome V

      • This turned out very nice:) Thanks Dasana.

        • thanks heeru.

  6. Loved it Loved it Loved it
    This will be my goto recipe from now on. Thank youuu ????5 stars

    • Welcome Shalini. Glad to know that you liked mangalore style biryani.

  7. It’s really awesome everybody in my home really like it it’s flavors it’s taste just yummmmmm5 stars

  8. It is such a awesome dish just yummmmmm I made it for first time flavors are very nice in my house everybody just liked it so much but there is a problem my rice brokedall the time5 stars

    • Thanks Naina. Looks like rice got cooked too much. next time you can add less water in the rice.

  9. hi today i made this recipe it came out gooood everybody loved . thank you.

    • thanks for the feedback usha and nice to know.

  10. wow super tasty recipe

    • thanks.

  11. Such an awesome recipe!!
    I have already made this 3 times!
    Thank you dassana for the marvellous recipe!

    • welcome shanmuga 🙂 thanks for positive views.

  12. wht about replacing coconut oil

    • you can add any other oil like sunflower oil.

  13. Amit, can we not add poppy seeds. Bcoz the place I stay its either difficult to find it or it is too expensive

    • pooja, skip adding poppy seeds.

  14. thank you for sharing,i have a problem with adding water for rice.whenever I added water for rice… masala doesn’t stick with rice…what I do???

    • could be that you are adding more water in the rice. for most indian brands of 1 cup basmati rice, after pre-soaking for 30 minutes need 1.5 to 2 cups water for cooking.

  15. Thanks for the recipe. .that looks soo simple yet delicious. I would like to tell you that your recipes inspire me and I have tried a lot of your dishes from veg makhanwala to veg biryani to egg less muffins. my husband liked egg less apple muffin a lot. thanks once again 🙂 . please keep posting more and more. .

    • surely would keep posting more and more thankyou.

  16. it looks delicious. I must try this recipe…

  17. Being a Mangalorean myself I dint knew this recipe,.. Actually I love to eat than prepare 😉 ha ha so should blame for my culinary knowledge 😀 Thank you,.. I have bookmarked this.. Next time I will prepare this,..

    • surely try shilpa and thankyou for your kind words 🙂

  18. wow. will try this for sure.. was looking for an easy biriyani recepie for a long time.. 🙂

    • thankyou aparna.

  19. nice recipe. will surely try. can we make this is pressure cooker also?

    • yes sowmya, this mangalore style biryani can be made in the pressure cooker. just add 1.5 to 1.75 cups water and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.

  20. Hi.. can this be done in a pressure cooker?

    • yes supritha. just add 1.5 to 1.75 cups water and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.