Hyderabad Biryani
Hyderabad Biryani
Written by Jayashree
Published on August 2, 2014

Biryani , a famous food of Hyderabad, is devoured by all. It is a Mughlai dish which was blended with many spices and  veggies and cooked slowly over fire, mainly the non vegetarian way with meat. Today, it is popular in the vegetarian cuisine  also. Here is one kind of it. 

Ingredients :

2 cups of uncooked basmati rice (aromatic long rice)

2 cups of assorted veggies as beans, carrots, cauliflower,potatoes and peas

1 onion

3 green chillies

2 inch ginger      

4 cloves garlic

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

3 clovesx

3 cardamom

1 stick of cinnamon

2 tomatoes

3 tbsp oil

½ cup curds or yoghurt

2 tbsp oil for cooking



For garnishing:

Fresh chopped mint leaves

Caramalised  onions



  • Cook the rice with only two cups of water. It is partially cooked, on further cooking it will be evenly done.
  • Cut veggies into small cubes.
  • Grind onion, green chillies, ginger and garlic into a fine paste.
  • Boil the vegetables in a pan. Add the potatoes, a little later as they should be a little firm.
  • Make powder of clove, cinnamon and cardamom.
  • Make puree of tomato and keep aside.


Cooking procedure :

  • Now take oil in a pressure pan and add the paste of onion. Saute it till light pink in colour.
  • Then add the pound spices and continue to sauté.
  • Later add turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder.
  • Add tomato puree,mint leaves and yoghurt and continue to blend the mixture.
  • As the aroma spreads add the boiled veggies, and the partially cooked rice.
  • Close the lid and allow to cook on a slow flame.
  • Once done, mix the rice well as the masala needs to blend well.
  • Garnish with caramalised onions.
  • Biryani is ready to serve.

To make caramalised onions :

Cut onions into thin long pieces. Take oil in a small pan and add the onions. Saute them until dark brown in colour. Be careful as they tend to get burnt easily.

To Serve :

  Serve biryani  garnished with onions along  with a salad of your choice.

                             HAPPY COOKING !!!

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  1. Pure Grace Farms

    I love all the spices in this vegetarian dish.Thank you for coming by to Foodie Fridays and sharing this week. Hope to see you again on Thursday.

    • jayashree

      Thankyou and glad you liked it. Shall join again the next week

  2. Poornima

    I remember having hyderabadi Biryani with a spicy daal in one of the restaurants in Bangalore and it was super delicious. I would love to try it at home some time…

    • jayashree

      Thankyou Poornima. Glad you liked it.

  3. ritu

    This hyderbadi biryani looks delicious. Beautiful flavors. I loved it. 🙂

    • jayashree

      Thankyou Ritu for the appreciation. Glad you liked it.

  4. Deepa N

    Hi Jayanthi,

    This is one of the healthiest recipe. Excellent combination of rice, vegetables, caramelized onions and curd.
    I am craziest fan of biryani and pulaos.
    Very good and delicious recipe of biryani.
    I would love to have this.
    Thanks for share 🙂

    • jayashree

      Thankyou Deepa , glad you liked it.

  5. Anu Nagaraja

    Jayashree, I have never tried this method to prepare biryani – making the paste and the spice powders – lovely – this I’m sure tastes heavenly:) wish I could taste it too 🙁 guess I will have to make it:) – thanks for sharing Jayashree:)

    • jayashree

      Thankyou Anu, glad you liked it.


    The word Biryani itself gets me salivating. I love the fact that you added caramelised onions to your recipe. Many don’t and keep it restricted to only the non vegetarian version. I am sure those onions would have taken the dish to another level.

    • jayashree

      Thankyou so much PIYALI, glad you liked it.


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