How do restaurants make biryani

Biryani rice recipe or biryani chawal – a mild flavored, aromatic rice dish usually served at Indian restaurants.

Procedure of making it is somewhat similar to my jeera rice recipe. Only difference is that Jeera rice has more flavor of Cumin seed in it. While Biryani rice has balanced flavor of whole spices in it with garnish or fried onions.

I have seen at some places that they add saffron in it. I have not added here. But if you want to then mix pinch of crushed saffron in tablespoon of warm milk and add it when you add water.

Addition of fried onions and nuts takes the whole dish to the new level. So please do not skip this.

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How to make biryani rice recipe (Step by Step Photos):


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1) Wash the rice under running cold water till water runs clear. Soak into enough warm water for at least 20 minutes.

2) Drain water and keep into colander to dry out for about 15 minutes.

3) Heat the oil or ghee in a pan on medium heat. One hot add whole spices (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, bay leaf) and fry till you get nice aroma of them.

4) Then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.

5) Add chopped onions, green chilies and salt.

6) Fry till onions get translucent.

7) Add soaked, drained rice and cook for a minute.

8) Add water and let it come to a boil.

9) Once starts boiling cover the pan and LOWER the heat to lowest possible. Cook for 17-18 minutes without opening the lid.

10) After 17 minutes turn the heat off, still do not open the lid. keep it covered and rest for at least 10 minutes. Let the rice grains firm up.

11) While rice is resting, heat the 2 teaspoons of oil in a small pan. First fry cashews and almonds till light brown, remove it to a bowl.

12) Then in the remaining oil fry sliced onions till it becomes brown.

13) Now open the cover, fluff up with fork.

14) Garnish with nuts and fried onions.

Serving suggestion:serve with any shorba gravy, salan recipes or dal like dal tadka, dal fry or dal makhani. It can be served with any gravy dish like paneer butter masala, palak paneer, mushroom masala.

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US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)

Ingredients

For biryani rice recipe:

  • 1cupLong grain rice or basmati rice
  • 2tablespoonsOilor Ghee
  • 4Green cardamoms
  • 1inchCinnamon stick
  • 3Cloves
  • 4-5Black peppercorns
  • 1Bay leaf
  • ½teaspoonCumin seeds
  • ½cupOnionfinely chopped
  • 2Green chiliesslit
  • Salt to taste
  • 2cupsWater

For fried onions:

  • 2teaspoonsOil
  • ½cupOnionsliced
  • 5-6Cashew nutshalved
  • 4-5Almonds

Instructions

Preparation:

  • Wash the rice under running cold water till water runs clear.
  • Soak into enough warm water for at least 20 minutes.
  • Drain water and keep into colander to dry out for about 15 minutes.

Making biryani rice recipe:

  • Heat the oil or ghee in a pan on medium heat. One hot add whole spices and fry till you get nice aroma of them.
  • Then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  • Add chopped onions, green chilies and salt.
  • Fry till onions get translucent.
  • Add soaked, drained rice and cook for a minute.
  • Add water and let it come to a boil.
  • Once starts boiling cover the pan and lower the heat to lowest possible. Cook for 17-18 minutes without opening the lid.
  • After 17 minutes turn the heat off, still do not open the lid, keep it covered and rest for at least 10 minutes.

Making fried onion:

  • heat the 2 teaspoons of oil in a small pan.
  • First fry cashews and almonds till light brown, remove it to a bowl.
  • Then fry sliced onions till it becomes brown.
  • Now open the cover for rice, fluff up with fork.
  • Garnish with nuts and fried onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.7g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 17.8g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 2.3g
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving