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Biryani is a popular and aromatic Indian dish that is made with a combination of fragrant spices, basmati rice, and either meat or vegetables. This dish is typically served at special occasions or celebrations, and is loved by many for its rich and complex flavors. Here is a detailed recipe for making biryani at home:



  • - 2 cups basmati rice

  • - 1 lb chicken, lamb, or vegetables

  • - 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • - 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • - 1/2 cup plain yogurt

  • - 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • - 1 inch piece of ginger, minced

  • - 2 green chilies, chopped

  • - 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • - 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • - 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • - 1 tsp coriander powder

  • - 1 tsp garam masala

  • - 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • - 1/2 tsp red chili powder

  • - 1/4 tsp saffron threads

  • - 1/4 cup warm milk

  • - 1/4 cup ghee or vegetable oil

  • - Salt to taste


1. Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes, then drain and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the yogurt, garlic, ginger, green chilies, cilantro, mint, cumin seeds, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Add the chicken, lamb, or vegetables to the marinade and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

3. In a separate bowl, soak the saffron threads in warm milk and set aside.

4. In a large pot, heat the ghee or vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook until they are golden brown.

5. Add the marinated meat or vegetables to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides.

6. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pot and cook until they are softened.

7. Add the soaked basmati rice to the pot and stir to combine with the meat or vegetables.

8. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the rice by about an inch. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid. Cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.

9. Drizzle the saffron milk over the top of the biryani and sprinkle with additional chopped cilantro and mint leaves.

10. Serve the biryani hot with raita, pickles, or a side of your choice.

Enjoy your homemade biryani, and impress your family and friends with this flavorful and aromatic dish!

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