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How To Make Biryani

Biryani is a traditional rice dish that is popular in Pakistan, India, and many other parts of South Asia. It is made with a combination of rice, meat or vegetables, and a variety of spices.

To make a classic chicken biryani, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 1 lb of chicken breast or thigh, cut into small pieces
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of oil or ghee
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of red chili powder
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. Rinse the rice in several changes of water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil or ghee in a large pot or pan over medium heat. Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and green cardamom pods and fry for a few seconds.
  3. Add the chopped onions and fry until they are golden brown. Add the ginger and garlic and fry for a few more minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and fry for a few minutes until it is no longer pink.
  5. Add the tomatoes, green chilies, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt. Fry for a few minutes until the tomatoes are mushy, and the spices are fragrant.
  6. Add the yogurt and fry for a few more minutes until the oil starts to separate.
  7. Add 2 cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil.
  8. Drain the rice and add it to the pot. Mix well and bring the mixture to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 15–20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked, and the water is absorbed.
  10. Turn off the heat and let the biryani sit, covered, for 10–15 minutes.
  11. Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer it to a serving platter. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with Rita or chutney.


  • You can also add vegetables such as carrots, peas, or bell peppers to the biryani.
  • Some people like to add saffron to the biryani for added flavor and color.
  • You can also add some fried onions on top of the biryani for added flavor and texture.
  • You can use mutton, beef, fish or shrimp instead of chicken.
  • Some people also like to add boiled eggs or potatoes in their biryani.
  • Biryani can also be made in a pressure cooker or instant pot.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further questions.


Q: What is Biryani?

A: Biryani is a South Asian dish made with spiced rice and meat or vegetables.

Q: What are the key ingredients for Biryani?

A: The key ingredients for Biryani include rice, meat or vegetables, aromatic spices like cumin and coriander, onions, garlic, ginger, and yogurt.

Q: What types of meat are commonly used in Biryani?

A: Chicken, beef, lamb, and goat are all commonly used in Biryani.

Q: What vegetables can be used in Biryani?

A: Vegetables like potatoes, carrots, peas, and cauliflower can all be used in vegetarian versions of Biryani.

Q: How do I layer the ingredients for Biryani?

A: Start by layering cooked rice in the bottom of a large pot, then add a layer of cooked meat or vegetables, followed by a layer of caramelized onions and spices. Repeat this layering process until all the ingredients are used up, then cover and cook on low heat until the flavors meld together.

Q: How long does it take to make Biryani?

A: It can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to make Biryani, depending on the cooking method and the type of meat or vegetables used.

Q: Can I make Biryani ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can make Biryani ahead of time and reheat it before serving.

Q: What can I serve with Biryani?

A: Biryani is often served with Rita (yogurt sauce), chutney, or a side salad.

Q: What are the health benefits of Biryani? A: Biryani can be a nutritious and flavorful dish, depending on the ingredients used. It can be a good source of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals.

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