BM #81 Week 2 Day 1 - 

Welcome to the second week of BM #81. Thanks to all my friends who have messaged me regarding my absence from the blogging world. All is well at my end and I took a much needed break to regroup and refocus. To ease back into blogging, I have opted to start with 2 weeks for the month of October. This week the entries go to Kid's Delight Anniversary party and so all the posts this week are kid approved.

Over the summer, a close family dined with us and they wanted to taste the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani and so I put in some thought and research and made this easy version of Biryani. Everyone loved it and my older one who usually stays away from pulaos and such took seconds and leftovers of this biryani. So enjoy this platter while I resume the discussion with my older one as to when next I should make this. :)

Idli and Plain rice are missing from the thali.

Ingredients - 
For the Rice -  Basmati Rice 3 cups
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
PepperCorns 4-5
Cloves 3-4
For the Gravy - 
Seasoning (Ghee / Oil 2 Tbsp, Cinnamon 2 pieces 1 inch each, Cloves 4-5, PepperCorns 4-5, Cardamom 2, Shajira 1/2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Bay Leaf 1) 
Ginger Garlic Paste 2 tsp
Green Chilies chopped as needed (I didn't add)
Mixed Vegetables (Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrot, CauliFlower) chopped into thick slices about 4-5 cups
Salt as needed
Yogurt 1 cup
For Layering - 
Mint Leaves finely chopped 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves finely chopped 1/2 cup
Fried Onion 1/2 cup
Saffron 8-10 strands soaked in 2 Tbsp of warm milk 
Almonds and Cashews as needed (Optional - I didn't add)
Fried Bread / Croutons (Optional - I didn't add)
Biryani Masala - 
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Powder 1 tsp
Nutmeg Powder (Jaji kaya) a pinch
Mace Powder (Javentri/Japatri) a pinch
Garam Masala Powder 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/4 tsp

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak Basmati Rice for about 30 minutes.

In a deep stock pot, boil water. After the water comes to a rolling boil, drain the soaked Basmati rice and add it to the water. Add in 3-4 cloves, a cinnamon piece and peppercorns.

Let the rice boil for about 5 minutes or until it is 80% cooked.

Drain the rice onto a colander and set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil/ghee and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.

After they turn fragrant, add in the ginger-garlic paste, green chilies and saute the vegetables until they are 80% cooked. (About 6-7 minutes).

Add the ingredients listed under biryani masala. Mix well and add the yogurt.

Assembling the layers - 
In a wide and thick bottomed pan, add one layer of the vegetable gravy, sprinkle mint and coriander leaves. Sprinkle fried onion also. [Sprinkle nuts if using].

Cover the layer with the partially cooked rice.  Sprinkle half of the saffron milk. Sprinkle the mint and coriander leaves.

Add the remaining vegetable gravy and spread it on the rice uniformly. Sprinkle mint and coriander leaves. Sprinkle fried onion also. [Sprinkle nuts if using].

Cover the layer with the remaining cooked rice.  Sprinkle the remaining saffron milk. Sprinkle the mint and coriander leaves.  [Spread fried bread/croutons if using].

Cover with a tight lid. If a tight lid is unavailable, cover with any lid and seal with a wheat flour dough.

Heat a wide tawa/pan and add water. Place the pan with the layered biryani in the tawa. Cook for about 10-12 minutes. 

Remove from heat. Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes

Transfer the layered biryani into a wide serving platter and gently mix the layers. Serve warm with any gravy or raita as preferred.


Preparation Time 1 hour
Serves 8-10
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, October 10, 2017


  1. Welcome back Harini ! What a come back , the Biryani looks amazing ! I am
    Bookmarking this as we all love Biryanis and I am forever in search of a new recipe , and this Biryani sounds absolutely delicious .

  2. Srivalli Says:
  3. Harini, its good to have you back!..What a stunning and sinful looking thali you have here!..I am sure everything on the thali was enjoyed..makes me want to recreate it soon..thanks for the entry, I will try this sometime for my kids!

  4. Welcome with a bowl of mouthwatering biryani!

  5. Pavani Says:
  6. Wow, that is a great way to get back to blogging Harini. Biryani looks delicious and the whole platter looks very inviting.

  7. Sandhiya Says:
  8. My absolute favorite biryani. Looks yummy.

  9. sushma Says:
  10. Good to see you back Harini. Biryani looks great

  11. Welcome back Harini! And with this biriyani you are giving us gala entry. This looks amazing and I am drooling right now.

  12. veena Says:
  13. Harini, that plate of biryani will make anyone drool. Yumm

  14. Priya Suresh Says:
  15. Welcome back Harini, that plate of biryani is seriously very inviting. What a spread there, delicious thali.

  16. Hyderabadi biryani looks super delicious...

  17. Preeti Says:
  18. Biryani looks super tasty and delicious.

  19. Unknown Says:
  20. I am a great fan of biriyani. I will be definitely trying this. The whole platter is inviting..

  21. Mayuri Patel Says:
  22. Biryani looks so tempting. Dum biryani is something I still have not made. I must try it someday.

  23. awesome biriyani, i would love to try this, somehow i dread the steps involved. your platter is tempting me so much!

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