Monday, 15 December 2014

Egg biryani in pressure cooker

Last wednesday was tired ,and not in a mood to cook entire food ,but still had desire to eat something delicious when I came across this EASY EGG BIRYANI on swasthis site

It was an instant hit in my house & my husband too commented that biryani is very delicious.I am a person who normally makes dum biryanis but being short of time I tried this and I must say that end result was delicious.I give ten out of 10 stars for this recipe

I had used home made hyderabadi garam masala but you can use store brought too.

But i will suggest to try it with freshly ground homemade masala as first its hygienic and secondly its economical & any dish made with fresh grinded masala is always tasty.

This biryani is made in pressure cooker or you can even try it on stove top.I have followed the original recipe as it is and used green capsicum and potatoes to fill up the veggie quota


1 cup of basmathi rice or lOng grain rice
2 cups water
1.5 tsp. Ginger garlic paste
½ cubed capsicums 
1 large potato cut into wedges (optional)
1 large onion thinly sliced
2 green chilies slit or minced
3 to 4 boiled eggs (prick with a fork randomly)
1 medium tomato chopped
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. red chili powder
1 tsp cumin coriander powder
1 to 1 ½ tsp. Biryani masala powder (adjust)
Handful of mint and coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste
half cup fresh yogurt / curd 
2 ½ cups water
2 tbsp (oil+ ghee)

Khada masala for seasoning

1 star anise
1 bay leaf
½ tsp. shahi jeera / black cumin
4 green cardamoms
4 to 5 cloves
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 strand of mace


1.Soak rice for atleast 20 to 30 mins. Drain water and set the rice aside 

2.Boil eggs and deshell them  and prick randomly with a fork and Set aside.

3.Heat a pressure pan or a kadhai with oil add capsicums if using and fry on high for 2 to 3 mins till crisp.

4.Add the dry spices and allow them to add sliced onions and fry till golden brown.Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.

5.Add tomatoes, mint leaves, red chili powder, cumin coriander powder ,turmeric, salt and yogurt. Cook until the tomatoes turn mushy.Add eggs, potatoes (if using) and biryani masala powder and fry till the mixture add rice & mix well .Pour water and add salt as needed. Bring it to a boil

6.Cook rice in  till very little water is left. Lower the flame, cover and cook till the rice is done.

7. If using pressure cooker, after boil in water close the lid and pressure cook it for 1 whistle . after 1 whistle remove from flame ,release extra pressure from cooker .open cooker lid & fluff rice with fork & allow it to not keep cooker lid closed or your biryani will become soft & mushy

8.Serve hot with tomato onion raita & salad

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