Biryani ! A lot of us just read/hear/say the word and our mouth begins to water. A rice reparation that needs no introduction. A biryani like we all know, is made by putting together cooked rice in layers along with cooked masaledar vegetables or meat. It is a staple across the Indian continent, and each region has its own speciality.
Biryanis are made in various styles depending on the region it is made in, from dum biryani, to ambur biryani, hyderabadi biryani to dindigul biryani the list really is endless. Not to miss out the Chettinad and the Malabar versions.
The biryani is a meal in itself. Served usually with a raita, or gravy by the side, like a salan that tastes great with the meal. Pickled onions and cut cucumbers as well are served along with the biryani meal. Most often, in many households, biryani is a special weekend meal made on Sunday afternoons for lunch.
Made usually with whole spices like bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, stone flower, star anise, these spices lend a strong aroma to the biryani. When I'm hungry, the first thing that comes to my mind is a biryani that is spicy, packed with flavours and succulent pieces of potatoes or meat, that will simply leave me satisfied.
So here are a few vegetarian and non vegetarian biryanis that you can whip up in the kitchen for your families.
A lip smacking Chicken biryani made in green masala - coriander and mint leaves, this Chicken Donne Biryani was originated by the marathas, but is more popular in the southern states of India.
A glass of Curry Leaves Buttermilk Recipe - Curry Patta Chaas Recipe will help beat the spiciness of the entire meal.
An Awadhi style biryani made with layers of Chicken and rice, where both of these are separately cooked and cooked in a handi with dum to being all the flavours together.
Instead of chicken, you could also use mutton or eggs and the vegetarians can used mixed vegetables or just paneer will taste equally good.
Serve Lucknowi Murgh Biryani along with Pudina Pyaz Kachumber Salad Recipe - Mint & Onion Salad, Pudina & Dhaniya Raita Recipe, and Masala Soda Shikanji Recipe.
A lip smacking biryani made with prawns that use a freshly ground, biryani masala, our Prawns Biryani is absolutely robust.
A glass of Spiced Butter Milk With Coriander And Ginger Recipe will help with the heat of the meal.
Protein packed eggs combined with rice and cooked together along with spices make this, oh so delicious Egg /biryani, that your family members will absolutely love.
Serve Egg Biryani Recipe along with Chicken Sukha Recipe (Dry Spicy Chicken), Karuvepillai Pachadi Recipe - Curry Leaf Raita and Kachumber Salad Recipe With Cucumber, Onion & Tomatoes.
A lightly spiced Chicken Biryani, made Ambur style. Ambur is a small town in Tamil Nadu, where this biryani had originated, and continues to be popular in that region.
Serve Ambur Star Chicken Biryani along with Chettinad Kathirikai Chops Recipe - Brinjal Curry for Biryani, and Coriander Tadka Raita Recipe.
A Kerala style mutton biryani, that uses basmati rice and an array of spices, all of which contribute to the rich spicy aroma of this finger licking good biryani.
Although the classic accompaniment to the Malabar Mutton Biryani is the Biryani Chammanthi Recipe (Green Chutney Recipe), it can also be served with Cucumber Green Chilli Raita Recipe and Calicut Payyoli Chicken Fry Recipe.
A lovely biryani made with a combination of vegetables and whole spices that lend warmth and great aroma to the biryani.
This Chettinad Vegetable Biryani Recipe can be put together quickly with no much effort.
Serve Chettinad Vegetable Biryani along with Bengaluru Style Brinjal Gravy Recipe - For Biryani, Boondi Raita Recipe Spiced With Black Salt and a glass of Lemon Pudina Curry Leaf Shikanji Recipe.
An unusual biryani recipe with raw jackfruit as the star ingredient. This kathal biryani is made hyderabadi style, that's packed with flavours.
A great biryani options for vegetarians.
Serve kathal biryani along with Papad Raita Recipe, Tomato Kurma Recipe - Thakkali Kurma For Biryani & Parotta followed by a dessert of Rose Flavoured Shahi Tukda Recipe
Kongunadu cuisine is from the Kongunadu region in Tamilnadu.
Serve Kongunadu Special Pattani Biryani along with Carrot Pachadi With Coconut Recipe and Chettinad Muttai Masala Recipe (Chettinad Style Egg Curry)
A lip smacking combination of the classic paneer butter masala and ghee rice , layered together to make this biryani.
Great to be served as a weekend brunch meal.
A delicious vegetarian biryani, made with button mushrooms soya chunks, that primarily gets its flavour from the mint leave and other added spices.
Pudina Mushroom And Soya Biryani is packed with proteins and the required amount of carbs needed as part of the diet.