Hyderabadi Biriyani (baked)

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Hyderabadi Biriyani

Recipe and Photo Courtesy: Priya (my friend)
Another version of the Biriyani (made with curds) is the baked biriyani. My friend Priya gave me this fantastic recipe and yes, my husband loves it. The 'biriyani' flavour is more intense in this recipe. If u have a convection oven at home, u must try this!

For gravy:

3 tomatoes (roma/bengaloru thakkali)
11/2 big onions (cut long)
1 handful chopped mint/pudhina leaves
4 cups sour curd/yogurt
3 Tbsp sp biriyani masala/garam masala/curry powder
1 sp dhaniya powder
1/2 tsp jeera powder
1 tsp chilli powder
salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp turmeric
11/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
3 green chillies (slit vertically)
4 tsp oil (or enough to fry the onions)
1 Tbsp Clarified butter
Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
11/2 to cup assorted veggies (carrot, beans, peas, cauliflower, potato)

For the rice:

2 cups basmati rice
3 cups water (less if the rice is starchy)
Oil 2tbsp
salt (to taste)
jeera 1 tsp
1 inch cinnamon
3 cloves
1 big elachi
(you could use more or less of these spices to suit your taste)
3-4 sp ghee
1 pinch orange/red food colour
1 pinch saffron soaked in 2 tbsp milk (optional)

-Soak/ marinate all the gravy ingredients (except onions and tomatoes) in curd/yogurt for 3 hours in the refrigirator. Add oil and clarified butter in a kadai.When hot, Fry the onions. Add tomatoes and salt (just enough for the gravy.We'll be adding salt for the rice seperately).Fry for 5 min.Then add the soaked items and continue to boil till completely dry stirring occassionally to make sure they dont stick to the pan. This might take a long time. Keep aside.

in a kadai, add a little ghee, add jeera, spices and roast. Transfer to an electric rice cooker. Add water, salt and 1 Tbsp oil.Cook till done.

( Alternatively, you can cook the rice in a pressure cooker or directly in the kadai. Check the ratio of water and rice however. Make sure that the rice does not get soggy.)

Take about 1 cup of the cooked rice. Colour it and mix it with the rest of the rice.This will make a few grains orange and the rest of the grains remain white.This step is completely optional.

Take a oven safe dish. Make layers alternating between rice and gravy. Top it off with saffron milk(optional).Seal tight with aluminium foil. This helps infuse the aroma.Bake in oven 25 min on 250 degrees.

Enjoy with raita and pickle!

(If you are using a lesser quantity of rice,use a small oven safe dish so that you get good layers!)

Today Im excited and enthusiastic. This recipe goes to FIC Express your mood event hosted by Nithya Praveen


Padma said...

Looks so awesome Preethi and nice entry for the event... just loved the biryani dear... feel like having some :)

Divya Kudua said...

Ailaaa..[Thats what people say when they see something spectacular isn't it..??]..looks great Preethi..love the last pic:)

Pari said...

Thats a colourful looking Biryani.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks lovely, a must try one.


Has come out perfect,the last picture is a killer! Makes me feel like grabbing that plate!

Prathibha said...

I just love it...pass me a portion of it naa..

LG said...

umm..aroma is coming till Singapore! looks fantastic!

Anonymous said...

whoa..so many ingredients..its bound to be an awesome biriyani..i will try it sometime..pics r awesome

Ann said...

hey,the biriyani looks so tasty and yummy...real delicious which we cant resist..would love to try..

Priya said...

Thank u!Thank u!Thank u!

Vrinda said...

Awesome biryani,Preeti..This is how v make malabar biryani...

Ramya said...

Yummy!!!!!!Hyderabadi biriyani looks colorful and tasty..

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Priyameena said...

Rice looks wonderfully cooked....Saffron will sure gives a wonderful flavor and color...

ARUNA said...

wow that's really a yumm biriyani!

rekhas kitchen said...


Priya said...

Thank u so much!!!:D

Bergamot said...

The biryani looks... the pics remind me of the wonderful aroma of biryani.. just love it

Shri said...

I am from Hyd but cannot make the authentic Biryani.It looks so tempting!This is my first time here!You have such a nice blog..

Sweta said...

Very tempting-I can never resist biryani!!

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