How to make Brown Basmati Rice Biryani -

This biryani will definitely negate the myth that brown rice does not taste as good as white rice.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Brown basmati rice (ब्राउन बास्मती चावल), Ghee (घी)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Rice

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Brown Basmati Rice Biryani

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Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Brown Basmati Rice Biryani Recipe

  • Brown basmati rice soaked for ½ hour and drained 1½ cups

  • Ghee 2-3

  • Green cardamoms 2-3

  • Star anise 1-2

  • Cloves 5-6

  • Black cardamom 1

  • Cinnamon ½ inch

  • Bay leaf 1

  • Salt to taste

  • Caraway seeds (shahi jeera) 1 teaspoon

  • Onions sliced 3-4 medium

  • Ginger-garlic paste 2 tablespoons

  • Pumpkin peeled and cut into cubes 1 small

  • Carrots peeled and cut into medium pieces 2-3

  • Saffron (kesar) milk 3 tablespoons

  • Bottle gourd (lauki/doodhi) peeled and cut into medium pieces 1 small

  • Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Yogurt ½ cup

  • Garam masala powder 1¼ teaspoons

  • Green cardamom powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Ginger cut into juliennes 1 inch

  • Fresh mint sprigs 3-4


Step 1

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan.

Step 2

Heat 4 cups water in another deep non-stick pan. Add green cardamoms, star anise, cloves, black cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaf and bring it to a boil. Add rice, mix and let it cook.

Step 3

Add caraway seeds to the ghee and sauté for a minute. Add onions and sauté till well browned.

Step 4

Add salt to the rice, mix well and cook till the rice is fully done.

Step 5

Add ginger-garlic paste, mix and sauté for a minute. Add pumpkin and carrot, mix, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Step 6

Strain the rice in a colander and set aside.

Step 7

Add bottle gourd, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt to the vegetables and mix well. Add yogurt and mix well. Add 1 teaspoon garam masala powder and mix well.

Step 8

Discard bay leaves and cinnamon from the strained rice and add the rice to the vegetables. Mix well.

Step 9

Add saffron milk, remaining garam masala powder, cardamom powder, ginger juliennes and torn mint leaves. Mix well, cover and cook on low heat for 3-5 minutes.

Step 10

Serve hot.

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