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Tomato Biryani Recipe | Thakkali Biryani Recipe
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Tomato Biryani Recipe | Thakkali Biryani Recipe

Tomato Biryani Recipe, a biriyani variety that has a rich flavor or tomato along with masala. Serve with Raita of your choice and enjoy this aroma rich Tomato Biryani
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rice Soaking Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Rice Varieties
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 Cup Raw Rice 1 Cup - 250ml
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Cup Tomato Puree
  • ¼ Cup Green Peas
  • ½ Green Capsicum Cubed
  • 2 tsp Biryani Masala
  • tsp Salt
  • Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Coconut Milk
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder

For Tempering

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 2 Green Chili


Soaking Rice

  • Wash and soak the rice for about 20 mins

Tempering Process

  • Heat a pressure cooker. Add ghee to the cooker. Once the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds starts to sputter. Then add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and fry for few seconds

Preparing Masala

  • Add slit green chili, chopped onion along with ginger-garlic paste and saute the onions till translucent
  • Then, add the tomato puree. I have taken 3 medium size tomato and grind it in mixer jar to a smooth paste. We can also use store-bought tomato puree.
  • Cook the tomato puree in low flame till the onion-tomato mixture becomes thick and ghee oozes out of the mixture
  • Next, add green peas, chopped capsicum and mix well. Also add mint leaves and mix
  • Add biryani masala and give a mix. Then add the soaked and drained rice. Add salt along with turmeric powder and give a gently mix.Gently mix.
  • Mix 1.5 cups of water and 1/2 cup of coconut milk and give a good mix. Add this diluted coconut milk to the cooker
  • Close the pressure cooker with lid. Let the Biryani cook in low flame for about 20 mins.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid. Tomato Biryani is now ready! Gently give a mix

Serving Time

  • Serve the delicious Tomato Biryani with any Raita Variety and enjoy this delicious Tomato Biryani!


  1. Instead of making puree we can use chopped tomato. 
  2. I have used Store-Bought Biryani masala, we can also use coriander powder, red chili powder and garam masala instead of store bought masala


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g