Homemade Chicken Biryani | Biryani Recipe | The Bombay Chef – Varun Inamdar

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How to Make Biryani

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Biryani rice is mixed rice dish from India. It is made with spices, rice, vegetables, or meat. This flavorful rice dish is easy to cook, and is great for vegetarian or non-vegetarian meals.

  • Prep time: 60-150 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 90-180 minutes


Vegetarian Biryani

  • 4 cups basmati rice
  • 5 green chilies (or less, depending on taste)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tomato finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ea. cinnamon, cloves, cardamom
  • Cashew nuts
  • 4 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 2 cups carrot, peas, & finely cut beans
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder (or less, depending on taste)
  • Mint leaves & coriander leaves (handful)
  • Juice of ½ lemon


Preparing the Ingredients

  1. Wash the basmati rice.Before you begin cooking, you need to wash the rice. Fill a large bowl with cold water and pour in the rice. Use your hand to stir the rice in one direction. The water should get cloudy, so pour off the cloudy water. Refill the bowl with water. Continue rinsing the rice until the water is clear.
    • Washing the rice removes surface starches and any debris.
  2. Soak the rice.After you have you rinsed the rice, soak it. Place the rice in a bowl of cold water and let it soak for 30 minutes to 2 hours.Soaking the rice helps the grains expand and be fluffy.
    • You can soak the rice in the water you plan on boiling it in. If you do this, then the amount of water you need to use is 1.25 times the amount of rice. For 2 cups of rice, use 2 1/2 cups of water.
  3. Chop the vegetables.If you are adding mixed vegetables, such as carrots, beans, tomatoes, cauliflower, or peas, cut them into smaller pieces. Make sure you wash the vegetables and set them aside, ready to be added to your rice.

Cooking the Biryani

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.Add the cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon to the pan. Sauté for a few seconds, then add onions. Sauté until the onions turn transparent.
    • Add tomatoes and cashew nuts after the onions turn translucent.
  2. Add mint leaves, coriander leaves, and green chilies to the pan.Stir and Sauté for a minute or so. Then add the ginger and garlic paste. Stir into the mixture in the pan, then Sauté for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add garam masala, chili powder, carrots, peas and beans.Sauté for a few more minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Pour in 8 cups of water.After adding the water, add salt to taste. Stir everything together, then bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Add the rice.Pour the rice into the boiling water. Add the lemon juice. Cover the pot with a tight lid. Let the rice cook until done.
    • The rice is done when it is al dente, not mushy.
    • As you check the rice, refrain from stirring. This will break the rice grains.
    • Add more water to the pot if you believe the water level is getting too low. Recover the rice and continue letting it cook.
  6. Serve.Once the rice has cooked, serve the biryani hot. Try serving the biryani rice with rich curries or other delectable Indian main courses.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Is the rice in step five boiled during step two of part two?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. You put uncooked rice in the pot as shown in step five.
  • Question
    When do I add cashew nuts?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You add the cashew nuts with the tomatoes after the onions turn translucent.
  • Question
    What does Biryani also taste good with?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It tastes good with sherva or shorba.
  • Question
    Should rice or chicken be added first?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Biryani is a rice dish of Turkish origin which can have meat added to it, if desired. To add chicken, fry fresh small-dice chicken breast or de-boned thighs for five to six minutes, stirring frequently. In a separate pan, cook the rice per Biryani recipe at the same time. Combine the two in a large fry-pan, wok or saucepan and cover till all are well-cooked and flavors combine. Sprinkle with some washed coriander leaves two minutes before serving.
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Quick Summary

To make biryani, rinse basmati rice until the water runs clear, then soak it for at least 30 minutes. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, then add cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon to the oil. After a few seconds, add onions and saute until they turn transparent, then add all of the remaining ingredients except for the rice. Saute these ingredients for a minute or two, then pour in 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the rice and lemon juice, cover the pot with a tight lid, and let the rice cook until it’s done.

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  • For a slightly different twist, you can try serving biryani with jeera rice, a traditional Indian basmati rice flavored withjeera(cumin seeds).

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