Biryani is a mixed rice dish made with spices, rice and meat or vegetables. Generally Biriyani is associated with Mughal cuisine of Delhi or  it is traditionally associated with the Hyderabadi cuisine. Biryani has a stronger taste of curried rice due to a higher amount of spices than the Pulao. Normally, biriyani is cooked in low flame with layers. Two layers of rice with one layer of vegetable. But we can mix the rice and vegetables and cook it altogether also. This recipe is shared by one of my friend who stays in Hyderabad. She taught me to cook this simple and delicious biriyani. I am not sure about the reason for this name "Nawabi Biriyani":-) Guess it is from some Nawab in Hyderabad :-). When we have unplanned guests, this is one of the dish which could be made easily with available ingredients in our kitchen. Lets see how to cook this simple and tasty dish!!!

Nawabi Biriyani Recipe
Nawabi Biriyani Recipe 

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time40 mins

Nawabi Biriyani Recipe
Nawabi Biriyani Recipe 

Basmati Rice1 Cup*
Boiled and Peeled Potatoes2
Green Peas1/2 Cup
SaltTo taste
Water2 Cups
Oil2 tablespoon

* 1 cup = 250ml
For Grinding:
Mint Leaves1/2 Cup
Green Chilli2
Garam Masala1/2 teaspoon
Coconut Milk or Plain milk1/4 Cup
Ginger1 inch Piece
Garlic Cloves2

Nawabi Biriyani Recipe
Nawabi Biriyani Recipe 

  1. Soak rice in water for 10 minutes. Chop the boiled and peeled potatoes to medium sized cubes. Wash the mint leaves and add it to the mixer along with other grinding ingredients and grind it to a nice paste. Now our masala for biriyani is ready

  2. Heat oin in a tawa and add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds starts to sputter, add thinly sliced onions to the tawa along with a pinch of salt and saute them till they are transparent. Then add cubed potatoes to the pan

  3. Add the green peas and stir-fry the potatoes till they turn light golden brown color. Then add the ground masala to the pan and saute the masala till the raw smell goes off

  4. Then add the drained rice to the pan and saute the rice for couple of minutes. Add water to the pan along with salt and bring it to boil. 

  5. When the water starts to boil, keep the flame low and close the pan with a lid and allow the rice to cook in low flame for 20-25 minutes. Gently stir the rice in between without breaking or mashing them. 

  6. Nawabi Biriyani Recipe
    Nawabi Biriyani Recipe 
  7. Now our yummy and fragrant Nawabi Biriyani is ready to serve. Serve with onion raitha or any raithas and enjoy your lunch!!!

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  1. How much water should we use normally for biriyani it's 1:2 na