• Basmati Rice -2 cups
  • Vegetables - 2 cups, chopped (carrot, beans, peas, potato)
  • Onion - 1 big, chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Cilantro leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Saffron - few strands
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 +1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cloves - 3 or 4, crushed
  • Cardamom - 3 or 4, crushed
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - few
  • Raisins - few
  • Almonds - few, sliced
  • Salt - as required
  • Oil - 4 tbsp
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
How to make it:

Cook rice and spread it on a plate. Add few drops of oil/ghee and mix well so that the grains do not stick together. Let it cool. Heat few drops of ghee in a pan, add turmeric powder and pour this over the rice and mix it lightly (should be like a mixture of yellow and white colour). Steam cook vegetables until just done. To a cup of yogurt, add chopped cilantro leaves, curry leaves and mint leaves. Warm milk in a separate bowl and add saffron. Heat little ghee in a pan, add the cashews, almonds and raisins and fry until light brown. Take it out and set aside. In the same pan, add remaining ghee and oil. Add bay leaf, fennel, cumin, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon and fry for a while. Add the chopped onions and ginger garlic paste and fry until onion turns light brown. Add chilli powder and turmeric powder and saute until raw smell leaves. Add the steamed vegetables, salt and mix well. Add the yogurt mix and little water and cook until it starts to thicken. Now, in a baking tray, layer vegetables and rice alternatively, starting with vegetables and ending with rice. On the top layer of the rice, pour the saffron soaked in milk. Cover with a lid or foil and seal tightly. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit in a pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes. Take it out. Let it cool a bit. Transfer to a serving bowl (if necessary, this is just to mix it lightly) add the fried nuts and raisins. Serve hot with chips and Raita!


  • Yogurt - 1 1/2 cups
  • Onion - 1, finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1, finely chopped
  • Cilantro leaves - few, chopped
  • Chilli powder - a pinch
  • Jal jeera powder - a pinch (if preferred)
  • Salt - as required
How to make it:

Mix onion with a pinch a salt and let it stand for few minutes. Add tomato, cilantro, salt and yogurt and mix well. Sprinkle chilli powder and jal jeera powder on top.

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51 Responses
  1. FH Says:

    Love H Biryani, so good with raita. Makes a wonderful royal meal! :)

  2. delicious biriyani.. infact today's lunch at my house is biriyani :)

  3. indosungod Says:

    Biryanis make an ordinary day a special day. The dum biryani you have here looks delightful.

  4. Ashwini Says:

    Love Biryanis..Loads of flavour and delish. Looks yumm with raitha.

  5. I love Hyderabadi Dum briyanis, we had them almost everyweek when we were living in Hyderbad. The pictures are very tempting Anu :)

  6. Manju Says:

    this is just sooo yummy!! im soo gonna make it this weekend after all the hunger challenge thingy!

  7. Pooja Says:

    Delightful dum biryani Anu..Looks Tempting..Nice clicks..

  8. Anu, the biriyani is just my kind... with lotsa nuts wow the color is very tempting...

  9. Srilakshmi Says:

    Great looking Biryani, Love the addition of Almonds!

  10. Vishali Says:

    mmhh love the Biryani Anu. Its so tempting.

  11. Cham Says:

    Looks so scruptious ur biryani!

  12. Priya Sriram Says:

    All those nuts and raisins make the biryani irresistable Anu! Looks completely great and delicious! :)

  13. Vidhya Says:

    sounds really yum Anu. I am adding your blog in my blog roll.

  14. Looking so tempting... great...

  15. Always in for Biryani..dum is yum..:)

  16. A_and_N Says:

    I love Biryani. I've spent a lot of good time in Hyd and miss the food a lot :(

  17. Recipeswap Says:

    yummy,looks so inviting.

  18. love dum biriyani....looks very inviting!!
    yummy yummy

  19. Shreya Says:

    awesome biriyani.. i have never made hyderabad biriyani ..grt recipe..

  20. I love hyderabadi dum biriyani. Lots of nuts hmmm yummy.

  21. Saritha Says:

    Thanx anu
    Lovely biryani, never cooked in oven,always do on the stove top.

  22. Priya Suresh Says:

    Delicious briyani..with all those fruits and nuts briyani looks very rich...Excellent dish!

  23. wow..yummy biriyani dear..

  24. Indian Khana Says:

    Looks so yummy....gud combo

  25. lissie Says:

    Hi Anu, you have a beautiful blog!
    the biriyani looks super delicious...!

  26. Wow thatz a rich biryani Anu..Looking gorgeous..

  27. Finla Says:

    Wow looks so reich and so so yumm.

  28. vidhas Says:

    Delicious biriyani, surely i will give a try.

  29. Laavanya Says:

    THere is something so exotic and alluring about Dum Biryani. Looks great Anu.

  30. VIDYA VENKY Says:

    i love hyd.biryani my favorite..urs look so rich & yummy..iam hungry already

  31. Yasmeen Says:

    I won't miss meat at all,the veggie biryani looks absolutely delish!

  32. FH Says:

    Anu, try these dishes with Butternut squash, I specially like the spicy dry palya, great with dosas and coconut chutney! :)

  33. Chutneytales Says:

    Biryani looks scrumptious..Im drooling here..Looks rich and yumm!!

  34. miss v Says:

    i just restocked my basmati rice supply. just in time!

  35. Anu Says:

    Very Delicious:) Mmmm.. lots of cashews :D and yummy raita!

  36. Uma Says:

    ooh, lovely biryani! So rich and mouth-watering.

  37. Lovelt\y biryani! Looks so good...

  38. Vibaas Says:

    yummy biryani, anu. can i have some, pls? :)

  39. Yummy the vegetable biritani looks lovely. Perfect for the weekend lunch.

  40. Unknown Says:

    I adore Dum Biryani! Sounds yummy!

  41. ARUNA Says:

    looks soooo yummy n gorgeous!!!I miss hyderabad now :(

  42. Unknown Says:

    oohh great looks os tempting

  43. Suparna Says:

    Hi Anu,
    I was awestruck by the look of ur blog!! it's my first visit here :) and I was stunned by the beauty and recipes of ur blog.
    The presentation of each dish is stupendous. Gosh! I running out of adjectives ;)
    Biryani is perfect when it's the Hyderabad way! good one :)
    Hope to see u more often.

  44. Archy Says:

    Love briyani.. and this is tempting me to try hydrabadi style..

  45. Malar Gandhi Says:

    Love the picture so much, looks colorful...with nuts and veggies, yumm!!!

  46. EC Says:

    Beautiful n colourful biryani..looks tempting

  47. Mangala Bhat Says:

    Hi anu 1st time here ..loved all the recipes ..will surely visit and see all the older posts ...
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  48. veena Says:

    Didnt make Hyderabadi biriyi yet ..Think its time to make it .. :) !!
    Looks delicious dear ..good work

  49. like the recipe...will try

  50. Luv Hyderabad Biriyani. Looks so yummy with Raita:).

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    this could be the best thing i've ever read since that last post of ''Tabasco's Grill'' by Henry Townsend, i can't wait
    for another masterpiece of yours!!!! =)

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