How to Cook Biryani, Cook Biryani at Home

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How to Cook Biryani, Cook Biryani at Home
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A common South Asian meal known as “biryani” is prepared with basmati rice, a number of different spices, meats, and vegetables. 

Here is a simple method to make biryani at home:


  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 1 pound of chicken or beef, cut into small pieces.
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch of chopped ginger
  • 2-cups of water
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 spoonful of cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon each of pepper and turmeric
  • 1 chile pepper teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup fried onions

For garnish: fresh parsley

  • 1 lemon, sliced for garnish


  1. Set the rice away after giving it a cold water rinse.
  2. The onions should be cooked in oil over medium heat until they are golden brown.
  3. Cook for an additional minute after adding the garlic and ginger.
  4. Brown the poultry or beef after adding it.
  5. Cook the tomatoes, in pieces, until they are tender.
  6. Stir to incorporate the spices (cumin, coriander, ginger, paprika, cayenne, and garam masala).
  7. Stir together the yogurt, water, and salt in the pot.
  8. After bringing the combination to a boil, turn down the heat.
  9. Make sure the rice is distributed equally before adding it to the saucepan.
  10. Once the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is completely cooked, simmer the pot with the lid on for 20 to 25 minutes.
  11. Turn off the heat after the biryani has finished cooking and let it stand for five minutes.
  12. The onions should be fried in oil until they are hot and golden brown in a different skillet.
  13. Put the rice in a serving bowl and garnish with fried onions, cilantro, and lemon slices to serve the biryani.

Enjoy the homemade biryani you prepared! To fit your tastes, you can also include extra ingredients like carrots, potatoes, or green peas.

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