Hyderabadi Biryani

One photo and there were almost thirty comments and nearly the same number of likes. Bong or non-Bong, Biryani is a serious hit. While writing this post I was wondering what to write as the anecdote, and thanks to the very enthusiastic participation in the CLB Facebook page, I now have some interesting Biryani stories to share.

Indrasis went on a (the first?) date to Arsalan’s with just 150 bucks in his pockets. He calls himself “Biryanistic person”, and now we know why. Mala has Biryani thrice a week and no prizes for guessing, she lives in Hyderabad. Lucky you, Mala. Sohini’s first night in a new city transformed from being troublesome (no furniture in the new house) to aromatic (she had Hyderabadi Biryani with her love and the company of  good friends). As she rightly said, a ‘priceless‘ moment indeed.

Biryani sure does wonders

While searching for the root to this very popular food, I came across a rediff link, which says there are about 26 different types of Biryani prepared all over India – the Iranian, Hyderabadi, Calcutta Biryani are just a few to the almost unending list of biryani variations. Tracing the root of biryani, it is said that this meat and rice platter originated in Persia and came to India through the trade routes. The word is derived from the Farsi word “beryā(n)” meaning fried or roasted. Depending on the availability of spices the variations in biryani began throughout India.


Hyderabadi biryani, the most popular type in entire India originated in the kitchens of nawabs of Hyderabad. This single type can again be sub-grouped into believe it or not 49 types depending on the type of meat used. This special type is mostly accompanied with mirch ka salaan and raita (stay tuned for the recipes tomorrow).

My obsession towards biryani started with Meghna Foods, a very small restaurant (about 3 years back and now has expanded to 3 centers in the city) in Koramangala, Bangalore. To be very truthful I was never a biryani person until I tasted the Hyderabadi biryani at Meghna Foods. Back to Kolkata, I have no access to my new grown obsession, and so had to search for a substitute. Knorr Hyderabadi Biryani was the closest I could reach here in Kolkata.

Ingredients for Hyderabadi Biryani:

  • 1 packet Knorr Hyderabadi Biryani mix
  • 350gms chicken
  • 1½ cup long basmati rice
  • 2 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee)
  • 2 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 10 each of cloves, cardamom
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 handful of curry and mint leaves

Preparation steps for Hyderabadi Biryani:

  • Pour half the ghee in a large handi and put in the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon sticks
  • Toss for half a minute, then add the rice and mix well with the ghee
  • Pour in little over 3 cups of water, and the lemon juice
  • Let the rice cook till half done
  • Heat a wok on the other gas burner pour in the oil, fry the onions till golden brown, take out half the onions and keep aside
  • Add the chicken to the sautéed onions
  • Mix the Knorr Hyderabadi Biryani mix to 1 cup of water and pour it over the chicken, mix well, add another cup of water
  • Check the rice and chicken both. Pour in more water if required
  • As the rice gets half done, take out half of the rice from the handi and keep aside
  • Spread some curry and mint leaves over the rice
  • Put in the half done chicken and the gravy, now cover it with the rest of the rice
  • Spread some more curry and mint leaves over the rice
  • Cover the handi with a lid and seal it with kneaded flour
  • Simmer for about 30mins
  • While serving garnish with the fried onions and pour a dash of biryani atar

Hot Tips- I have prepared it by my own way, if you wish you can just follow the methods mentioned at the back of sachet. The use of onions, and the fresh leaves and also the biryani atar brought a zesty taste to the dish.  You can also prepare the biryani in an oven. Preheat the oven to 150°C. After assembling the rice and meat put it in a tightly covered vessel and cook for an hour.

Further Reading – For the accompaniments stay tuned to Cook Like a Bong

What is your best Biryani memory? Please share here.


Harvest: The Festival of Rice: Roundup Part II

With many types of rice, it really took me long to come up with the round-up. I would like to thank Hema and Easy to Cook for sending so many recipes for the event. Please let me know if I have missed out any of your recipes. You can see the first part of roundup for this event here.  SGD of  Whims and Wishes also wrote some words about this Harvest festival, and she was very kind to share her thoughts with us.

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  1. Bajji’s Platter from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  2. Bisi Bela Bhaat from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  3. Bisibelabath from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  4. Black-eyed peas pulao from Asha of Aroma Hope
  5. Brinjal Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  6. Capsicum Rice from Shama  of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  7. Carrot Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  8. Cauliflower Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  9. Chenna Pulao from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  10. Chicken biriyani from Shama of Easy to Cook Recipes
  11. Chilli-Tangerine rice from Anushreeram of Chandrabhaga
  12. Cilantro Rice from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  13. Cocnut Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  14. Coconut Milk Vegetable Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  15. Dil se pulao from Sindhura of Bay Leaf
  16. Doodh Puli Peethe from Sunanda of Sunanda’s Kitchen
  17. Garlic Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  18. Healthy Geen Rice/ Pudina Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  19. Iyengar’s Poliodharai from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  20. Keshari Bhaat (Sweet Saffron Rice) from Sanika of  Sanika’s Spicy&Tangy….Sweet&Yummy!!!!
  21. Khasta Kachori from Naveeta of Zaayeka
  22. Kondakadalai Sadam/ Red Chana Dal Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  23. Lemon Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook  Recipes
  24. Lemony Lemon – A Tangy Tasty Masala Bath from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  25. Medhu Pakora from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  26. Mint Magic (Pudina pulao) from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  27. Mishti Pulao from Aundhuti of Gourmet Affair
  28. Mor Koozh from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  29. Multiprotein Rice from Shama of Easy to Cook  Recipes
  30. Mushroom Pulao from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  31. Paruppu Keerai Dosai from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  32. Pasta Pulao from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  33. Patishapta from SGD of  Whims and Wishes
  34. Peanut Cup Rice from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  35. Poha from EC of  Easy Crafts
  36. Prawn/Shrimp Pulao of Homecooked
  37. Puliyothaai/ Tamarind Rice from Shama of  Easy to Cook Recipes
  38. Puttu~Steamed Rice Cakes from Poornima of Tasty Treats
  39. Rice Ball Kheer from Sanika of Sanika’s Spicy&Tangy….Sweet&Yummy!!!!
  40. Rice Uppma from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  41. Sharkara Payasam from Poornima of Tasty Treats
  42. Shazani biryani from Sindhura of Bay Leaf
  43. Spongy Dosa with yum yum coconut from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  44. Tomato rice from Sindhura of Bay Leaf
  45. Vegetable Bonda from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  46. Vegetable Pulao from Poornima of  Tasty Treats
  47. Vegetable Rice from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  48. Venpongal from Shama of Easy to Cook Recipes
  49. Wholesome Moong kichadi from EC of Easy Crafts

With so many recipes, it’s really hard to choose which one is the best. But still, it’s on you to select the best. So go ahead and choose your best recipe and write it down as a comment for this post.

Will be back with some new recipes soon, till then Happy Cooking and Happy Eating.

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Harvest: The festival of Rice: Round up Part I

I am so sorry that I was not able to post the round up for the event. Thanks to all for sending me those wonderful recipes and also for being patient. Everyday of the last month I got so many mails for the event. All the mails had so many different kinds of recipe. To tell you the truth the first time when the idea of this event struck I was not at all aware that I’ll get so many different types of recipes with rice or rice flour as the main ingredient. This is really unbelievable.

Here goes the first part of the round up for Harvest:  The Festival of Rice

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  1. Ambur Mutton biriyani from Ashwini of Ashwini’s spicy cuisine
  2. Bengal Royal Rice from Anushriram of Chandrabhaga
  3. Brown Basmati Egg Biriyani with Chickpeas from Anuvidya of And a little bit more
  4. Cheppi Surnalli from Namrata Kini of Welcome to Namu’s Kitchen
  5. Chicken Dum Biriyani from Dershana of The Footloose Chef
  6. Chicken Rice from Priya Sriram of Priya’s Sourashtrian Kitchen
  7. Chilli-Tangerine rice from Anushriram of Chandrabhaga
  8. Chinese fried rice from Dhanya of My Home Cooking
  9. Coriander Rice from Ashwini of Ashwini’s spicy cuisine
  10. Curd rice from Deepa Hari of Simple Home Cooking – from Deepa’s Kitchen
  11. Kadambam Rice from DK of Culinary Bazaar
  12. Lemon Rice from Ramya of Mane Adige
  13. Minced Chicken Pulao from Poornima Nair of Tasty Treats
  14. Mixed Vegetable Khichdi from Usha of Veg Inspirations
  15. Paal Pongal from Rajee of Simply Innocence
  16. Pakistani Chicken Biriyani from swapna Pravin of  Cooking with Swapna
  17. Pongal from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  18. Pongal, vadai and a tooth from Sunshinemom of Tongue Ticklers
  19. Puli Sundal from Chitra of Ratatouille – Any one can cook
  20. Recipe for Stuffed Baked Acorn Squash from Vnv of Veggie Monologues
  21. Rice Dosa and  Koozh of Chitra from Ratatouille – any one can cook
  22. Sakkarai Pongal from Priya Suresh of Priya’s Easy N Tasty Recipes
  23. Schezeun Fried Rice from Poonam of Poonam’s Kitchen
  24. Tacos with Kidney beans, salsa and rice from Arch of The Yum Factor
  25. Tehari from Notyet100 of Asankhana
  26. Tondli Bhat from Usha of Enjoy Indian Food
  27. Undi (Steamed Rice Balls) from Namrata Kini of Welcome to Namu’s Kitchen
  28. Veg Dhum Biriyani from Hema of Adlak’s Kitchen
  29. Venn Pongal and Chakkarai Pongal from Smita Kulkarni of Dabbu’s Recipes
  30. Zucchini rice from Anushriram of Chandrabhaga

Go ahead and comment on your most loved recipes. I would love to know about your comments.

Check out the other parts of the round up, till then Happy Cooking and happy Eating .

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