Pudina Biryani | Spicy Mint Biriyani (Without Vegetable or Meat)
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another flavorful biryani made with fresh ground mint paste and biryani masala.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • For Biryani :
  • 2 cup seeraga samba rice (or basmati rice) – soaked in water for 20 mins
  • 2 medium sized onions – chopped
  • 1 tomato – chopped
  • ½ tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp curd / yogurt
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • To Roast & Grind : (Biryani Masala)
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp black cumin seeds / shah-jeera
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 mace
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds / saunf
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cardamom
  • To Grind :
  • 1-2 cup mint leaves (pudina)
  • ½ cup chopped coriander
  • 2 green chili
  • 1 onion – chopped
  1. Dry roast all the ingredients mentioned under “Biryani Masala” for few seconds and allow to cool. Grind in a mixer to coarse powder. Keep it aside.
  2. Grind onion, mint leaves, coriander and green chili in a mixer to smooth paste. Add little water if needed. Keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or handi. Once it is hot, add chopped onions and fry for a min on low flame.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and mash the pulp. Now, add mint paste and ginger-garlic paste. Cook it for a minute on low flame.
  5. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, biryani powder and chicken powder. Mix well everything and add curd. Cook it for 2 mins.
  6. Add 4 cup water and let it boil. Once it starts boiling, add rice and salt to taste. Mix well everything. Remove the weight from cooker lid or just cover the top of cooker with a plate.
  7. Let it cook on low-medium flame for 5-8 mins. At this stage, rice will be ¾th cooked and water completely absorbed.
  8. Remove the cooker and keep a tava or frying pan on stove top. Now keep the cooker over tava and cook biryani on dum for 15-20 mins on low flame.
  9. Switch off stove but let the cooker be placed on tava itself. It will keep biryani warm. If you follow this method, you will get better result and rice will not be mushy.
Serving Suggestion : Onion Raita, Any Veg or Non-veg Gravy
Recipe by Jopreetskitchen at http://www.jopreetskitchen.com/2014/09/pudina-biryani-spicy-mint-biriyani.html