11 Feb 2016


Hello everyone

After sharing sambhar masala powder recipe, now I am heading towards one more South Indian delicacy which can be prepared in jiffy , but extremely delicious and tempting that your tummy wil be full yet it will leave you craving for some more. Tomato biryani, it's nothing less in flavour than other biryanis but takes half the time to prepare it. Its slight tanginess add to its flavour. It's a complete meal you can prepare in no time and serve with simple curd or raita, no one will ask for any curry or side dish to accompany it. So prepare it and let me know how's it turned out for you. Recipe is given below.


Serves: 4-5
Time: 30-35 mins


2 1/2 cup biryani rice or basmati rice, washed and soaked in 2 cup water
4 1/2 cup water including that 2 cup used to soak rice
4 big tomatoes, 2 sliced and 2 pureed
2 big onions, thinly sliced
4-5 green chilies, slit
1/4 cup green peas
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
2 1/4 tbsp biryani masala powder
Handful fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
Salt to taste
1 tbsp ghee

For tempering

4 cloves
4 green cardamom
1-2 bay leaves
2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 inch cinnamon stick


Heat oil and ghee in a wok, add tempering spices and let them aromatic. Add sliced onions and slit chilies ,fry till transparent. Now add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 mins. 

Add turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder and biryani masala powder, saute for a minute at low flame then add sliced tomatoes , peas and some salt. Let it cook till mushy, then add pureed tomato and fry it till raw smell of tomatoes goes off.

 Now add rice and saute for 3-4 mins. Add mint leaves and water drained from rice and 2 1/2 cup more, add salt. 

Let it boil at high flame and cook till water is not visible above rice. 
Now lower the flame and cover it with lid. Let it cook for more 5 mins on minimum flame or till you can see it is almost dry and no water bubbles are coming up. Now switch off the flame and let it rest for 5 mins covered. 

Open the lid and mix rice with fork and serve hot with raita or curd. 

Water used depend on quality of rice, so keep an eye on it and use as per need. You can also use other vegetables too. 

If you have any unexpected guest at home and want to serve something special yet quick then this will definitely come to your rescue and let you earn lots of praises.

Hope you all will like this easy yet flavourful simple biryani recipe and definitely give it a try. So enjoy this dish with your family and pals , let me know too. Please pour your valuable comments and suggestions here, they meant a lot.

Happy cooking....

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