Dum Biriyani

I learnt this Dum Biriyani recipe from some recipe book long time back. Comes out perfectly every time. My husband does not like spicy food very much, but this is one of his favorites.I made this last weekend for lunch and served this with Brinjal raita.We had the leftover biriyani at night and it tasted even better.

I am  reposting this recipe forDish name starts with:D hosted by Akila of Akila’s kitchen.

Dum Biriyani
Serves 3-4


For biriyani rice:

3 cups basmati rice

3 no. Cloves

3 no. Cardamoms

1 bay leaf

Salt as required

1 tsp ghee

1 tsp oil

Whole spices:

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp saunf

1 bay leaf

2 no. cardamom

2 no. cloves

1 no. star anise

1 inch cinnamon

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

2 green chillies slit

3 tbsp ghee

3 tbsp oil

For marinade:

3 cups chopped vegetables( potatoes,carrots,green peas,beans,cauliflower )

1 cup sour curd

1/2 cup mint leaves

1 medium sized onion –  sauté in oil and grind into paste

3 medium sized tomatoes pureed

1 tsp chilly powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Salt as required

For dum:

1/2 cup mint leaves

3 medium sized onions


  1. Soak the basmati rice for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for marinade and allow them to marinate.
  3. Chop the 3 onions for dum into long slices and fry them in ghee till they are browned nicely, without burning.These fried onions give a special flavor to the biriyani.
  4. Boil 6 cups of water in a heavy pan.Add the spices given under biriyani rice.Add the required salt.Now add the soaked basmati rice and cook till it is half-cooked.Drain the excess water.Spread the biriyani rice in a large plate with 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp ghee.
  5. Heat 3 tbsp ghee and 3 tbsp oil in a heavy pan. Add all the whole spices and fry till you get a nice aroma. Add the slit green chillies and ginger-garlic paste and sauté.Now add the marinade mixture to the pan.Cook till the vegetables are half-cooked.Now the gravy is ready.
  6. Now we will go to the dum procedure.I use an electric rice cooker for this.In the pan given for electric cooker spread one layer of biriyani rice. Sprinkle some fried onions and mint leaves. Cover it with a layer of gravy. Add the next layer of rice and repeat the procedure. The top most layer is again rice. For the above quantity I get around 3 layers. Switch on the electric cooker and keep in cooking mode. It will automatically change to warming mode after the biriyani is ready.
  7. You can also do the dum in the pressure cooker. After layering allow steam to escape from pressure cooker. Now put the weight on and keep stove in sim mode and switch off after 7-10 minutes. Biriyani is ready. Serve it  with raita of your choice.

October 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Rice/Pulav/Biriyani.

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