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Best Biriyani Recipes

Updated on August 13, 2015
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The Biriyani Recipes

Welcome to my Best Biriyani recipes Hub. Biriyani, Biryani, or Beriani is a rice-based Indian Food made with rice, ghee, spices and meat (or chicken, fish, egg, vegetables).

It was originated from Persia (Iran) and brought to South Asia by travelers and merchants. Indian variants of these Biriyani dishes are not only popular in South Asia but also within various South Asian populations in Western countries.

Hydrabadi Biriyani is popular in all corners of India and forms an important part of Indian cuisine. There are 49 varieties of Biriyanies based on Nijam's kitchen which includes mutton, chicken, fish, quail, shrimp, deer, and hare etc.

The most renowned Hyderabadi Biryani of all is called the "Kachi Akhni" Biryani as both the marinated rice and meat are cooked jointly. Here below you can find some of the famous Biriyani recipes.

Kachi Biriyani

It is an unusual preparation of the dish

This is one of the most well-liked delicacies from Hyderabad. It called as Kachi (kachi means raw) and the marinated meat and rice cooked collectively in the same pot. It is classically cooked with mutton and rarely with chicken.

The dish is layered with meat and yogurt-based marinade on the bottom of the vessel and the layer of half cooked rice posted above. Some times potatoes are added before adding the rice layer. The pot is typically closed (with wheat dough) to cook in it and not opened until ready to serve.

The challenge in the art of cooking Kacchi Biryani is to cook meat tender without rice over cooked. When serving the dish the cook will take a portion from the top layer of rice and meat from the bottom layer and is skillfully mix together. A boiled egg and salad is often included with this biriyani as side dishes.

Hydirabadi Kachi Biriyani
Hydirabadi Kachi Biriyani
Hydrabadi Biriyani
Hydrabadi Biriyani

"Biriyani is a tasty Indian rice dish which is habitually reserved for very special occasions such as weddings, parties, holidays, festivals such as Id, Christmas etc.

It has a lengthy preparation, but the work is certainly worth it. For Biriyani, always use long grain rice. Basmati rice with its thin, fine grains is the best variety to use.

Ghee is used in replace of vegetable oil to yield a more real taste."

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 3 hours 15 min
Ready in: 4 hours
Yields: 6 persons


  • ½ kg Basmati Rice (half-cooked)
  • 1 kg Boneless Meat (washed and chopped into large square pieces)
  • 6 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 4 Green Chilli
  • 500 gm Curd
  • 4 Big Onions (sliced)
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 cup Lime Juice
  • A pinch of Caraway Seeds (Shahi Zeera)
  • 10 twigs Mint Leaves (chopped)
  • 10 twigs Coriander Leaves (chopped)
  • 2 -4 Cinnamon
  • 3 -4 pods Cardamom
  • 3 pods Clove
  • 2 pinch Saffron
  • 3 tsp Ghee
  • 2 cup Oil
  • 2 -3 drops food Color
  • Salt to taste


  1. Spread the pieces of meat with ginger-garlic paste. Keep them to marinate for an hour. In the meanwhile, fry the thinly sliced onions in a heated pan on low flame till light brown. Let the onions cool down and crush them. Now add three fourth crushed fried onion, curd, red chilli powder, cinnamon, green chilli paste, cardamom, Caraway Seeds, coriander leaves, clove, saffron water, mint leaves and salt to the marinated meat. Leave the meat as it is for another 1 hour. Make the combination of aromatic water by adding salt (one tsp), cinnamon, clove, cardamom, mint leaves and coriander leaves in a little water. Now spread a layer of marinated meat in a heavy bottomed vessel. Place a layer of semi-cooked rice over this. Add saffron color, limejuice, ghee and the remaining crushed onions over the layer of rice. Spread a layer of marinated meat over this, and again spread the remaining semi-cooked rice. Now add the prepared aromatic water in a circular motion over the rice layer. Now tightly cover the vessel with a lid and keep it on a low flame. Take away the vessel from the flame exactly after 20 minutes. Hyderabadi Biryani is ready to eat. Serve hot.

Malabar Biriyani

Calicut Biriyani or Thalasseri Biriyani

A variant of Calicut Biryani or Thalasseri Biriyani is very popular in the cuisine of Kerala introduced by the Muslims. This preparation is very popular on the coast of Kerala, particularly in the the Malabar region. Biriyani may contain beef, lamb, chicken or fish as main ingredient.

This Biriyani is very different from others around India, where rice is commonly used mixed with ghee to produce a rich aroma. Although the local spices such as nutmeg, cashew nuts, cloves and cinnamon are used, there is only a small amount of pepper (or chili powder) used to prepare the spicy dish to make much less compared with all other Biriyanies of India.

chicken Biriyani
chicken Biriyani

Chicken Biriyani Recipe

Biriyani has taken many separate forms and gone on to become a gourmet dish, that has been developed and fine tuned to such an extent that now one comes across at least 100 form of biriyanis.

In original form Biriyani has Rice and Meat as its basic ingredients. But now various alternatives developed. Now-a-days the main ingredient that accompanies the spices is the meat, beef, chicken, fish or shrimp etc. The rest of the ingredients the spices that go into it vary. Here let us know how to cook Chicken biriyani.

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: 4 persons


  • ½ kg Chicken
  • 3 cup rice (Basmati)
  • 2 Onion big (sliced)
  • 2 Tomato medium - chopped
  • 5 tbp Ghee
  • 4 Green chillies
  • 2 inch Ginger
  • 6 pods Garlic
  • 12 Cashew nuts
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 4 Cloves
  • 3 Cardamom
  • ½ cup chopped mint leaves
  • ½ cup Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 1 pinch Saffron
  • salt to taste


  1. ♠ Clean and wash the chicken pieces. Drain all the water and keep it aside.
  2. ♠ Make a paste with green chillies, garic and ginger.
  3. ♠ Take thick bottom vessel and heat with 5 tsp of ghee. Then add cardamom, cloves, cashew nuts and cinnamon. Fry for few seconds.
  4. ♠ Add onions and sauté for 3 mins.
  5. ♠ Add tomato pieces, chicken pieces and paste. Sauté until the raw smell disappears.
  6. ♠ Add the washed basmati rice and stir well.
  7. ♠ Add coconut milk, water, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Occasionally stir well and close the lid. Cook until the rice ¾ th cooked.
  8. ♠ Close the lid tightly and cook 20 more minutes in a very light flame.
  9. ♠ Remove the vessel your chicken biriyani is ready. Serve with onion raitha.
Chicken Biriyani
Chicken Biriyani

It is believed that the nomadic tribes carried dried meat and rice with them during their travels, layered the rice and meat and added some dried herbs and nuts, cooked over a wood fire for a while then buried under sand for few hours after the dish was ready. It was a very simple form of cooking biriyani in those days, which makes use of nature and its resources.

Vegetable Biriyani -  Tamil Nadu style
Vegetable Biriyani - Tamil Nadu style
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6 persons

Vegetable Biriyani - Recipe

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 Big onions chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger past
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 4 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup frozen fresh peas
  • 1 Big tomato sliced
  • 1 carrot (medium) diced
  • 1 cup small cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee and add rice; stir well. Add water, turmeric, salt, and crushed saffron. Wait untill boil, cover and reduce heat; simmer for 20 min.
  2. In the meantime, in a separate pan heat remaining 2 tablespoons ghee over medium heat and sauté the onions for 5 minutes until brown. Add ginger past, garlic past, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon, and cook for one minute, stir constantly. Add 1/2 cup water, carrot, and cauliflower; cover, reduce heat and cook 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until vegetables are just tender, add water if needed. Add salt to taste.
  3. In separate vessel, spread half of rice in it, cover with vegetable mixture, and top with the rest of the rice. Cover tightly with foil and cook with very light fire for 20 minutes. Your vegetable biriyani is ready garnish with toasted cashews.

The Pullao

The variation between Biriyani and Pullao is that the pullao may be made by cooking the items collectively, and in Biriyani the rice is cooked alone from the thick sauce (curry of meat). The curry and the rice are then brought together and layered, ensuing strongly flavored sauce and meat.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 48 min
Ready in: 1 hour 18 min
Yields: 8

Pullao Recipe

  • 4 cups of rice
  • boiled
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ cup chopped mint leaves
  • 4 green chillies
  • 3 tsp of coconut
  • shredded
  • 3 big onions
  • sliced
  • 1 medium onion
  • chopped.
  • 2 sticks of cinammon
  • ½ teaspoon cardommom seeds
  • 4 cloves.
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic past.
  • 2 teaspoons ginger past.
  • 1 cup cauliflower flowerets
  • Some mixed frozen vegetables like beans
  • carrots and green peas as you like.
  • 4 tsbp ghee
  • salt to tast


  1. Grind the 1/2 onion, coconut, and coriander in the blender, to make a smooth paste and keep aside.
  2. Fry the onions until brown in the ghee and add the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. When onions are browned , add the red chilli powder and fry for 1 minute. Now add all the vegetables, including the cauliflower and spray some water on it. Keep covered and cook on a low flame till the vegetables are cooked. Keep sprinkling water then and there if necessary, but do not add excess water as it will ruin the pullao.
  4. When the vegetables are cooked, transfer the vegetables to a big mixing vessel, add all the boiled rice, salt to taste and the blended masala. Mix carefully and then heat it in low heat for another 10 minutes. Your Pullao is ready and serve it with Raita.

For Biriyani Cooking

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Shrimp Biriyani

Schezwan Biriyani

Prawn Biriyani

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      Sufyan Shaikh 2 years ago from Pune

      Awesome biryani

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      You got me wanting to try Biryani. Excellent recipe hub, Basha.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      Thanks for the tips!

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I love Indian food, and I love this dish. I've had it a few times with chicken.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for all these wonderful, yummy recipes. I like India food.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I love the food from India, thanks for those excellent recipes.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love Biryani. the student biryani was popular in Pakistan. Pullao is still my top favourite though.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I think I'll give the veggie one a go, thanks

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      chat2vishakha 4 years ago

      Awesome post.Thanks for sharing these tips and recipe.

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Lots of wonderful recipes and tips here. Thanks for spreading the love for biriyani. :)

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      I had no idea but now I know for sure I want some.. it sounds delicious!!

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      I hadn't heard of it until we had a potluck at work. One of the guys brought it in. Chicken Biriyani is now one of my favorite dishes.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Incredible India and Incredible Indian Recipes! :)

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      GARYG68 5 years ago

      Excellent lens, my mouth is watering so much as I write this comment, thank you for sharing this information.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      These dishes look so very delicious. I wish I could reach in and take a taste from my computer screen. Yum.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I love briyani too. Mouth water lens.

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      chinchilla-cages 5 years ago

      Thanks for these recipes, I love biryani!

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      games_rush 5 years ago

      I really love chicken biryani, its one of my favorite foods..:) thanks for this recipe, i bookmark it. Hope i can find these ingredients...:)

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Sounds pretty delicious and not difficult to make

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      I'm eager to try your Vegetable Biriyani recipe. A great new rice dish to prepare at home is always welcome, and this looks healthy and delicious!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Oh these look so delicious! I need to try your recipes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think we will look at some of your recipes for Thanksgiving.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      It reminds me of risotto, but with WAY more spices. I'll try it one day:-)

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Great lens, these look delicious. I like chicken biriyani.

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      OOMMEN G 5 years ago

      Very nice

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Oh Mr. Sukkran, I hate coming to your Recipe lenses very late at night, because I always end up getting hungry, hahaha! No, I mean it, that's how tempting and delicious your food presentation on your lenses look like! It's really amazing! I seriously have to gather some of the ingredients to pull off one of your recipes. I love, love Indian food! Very exotically-spiced and rare! Yummy lens! Great job! God bless.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      I would like to make vegetarian biriyani, looks so good!

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      kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

      I love biriyani...something about the aroma of the rice and cloves is always comforting :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love biriyani and the magic of cooking it perfectly is to use the best quality of rice. I prefer basmati rice but you can use the other varieties also, the trick is to have that rice grains separate and not sticky.

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      exoticwebmaster 5 years ago

      I must say you have maintained a nice lens with useful information.Please visit here India Tours.

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      Totus Mundus 5 years ago

      My favorites are mutton, chicken and vegetable. Absolutely scrumptious. I'll try your recipes.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      I like chicken biriyani but I would love to try the others as well.

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      besttechgadgets 5 years ago

      Vegetable Biriyani is amazing! Great lens...

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      Great lens. I love biryani. Reading your lens brought a smile to my face because i can try out the various biryani recipes. Thanks.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love Biryani and Pulloa, especially Mutton Biriyani. Nice to see all these different recipes. I'm craving some now! :)

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      I like chicken biriyani. I'll try the others one of these days.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Everything here looks so good!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I never tried Biryani. Thank you for all the recipes. Beautiful lens too.

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      NaturalVamp 5 years ago

      Oh so tasty dahling! All of a sudden, I hear growling. oh.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I am always on the hunt for new rice based recipes... So... BIG thanks for biriyani recipes!

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      megabu717 6 years ago

      I like Biriyani. I made it twice but need more practice. Thanks for recepis.

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      Lindrus 6 years ago

      I love Biriyani! Thanks for the recipes - I'd like to try to make it myself one day!

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      Ivan Wozniak 6 years ago from England

      Great recipes. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing your recipes and culture.

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      VeseliDan 6 years ago

      It sounds delicious!

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      iPadGeek 6 years ago

      Very nice! Never heard of Fish Biryani till now! Cheers :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I will have to find a Indian Resturant, looks delicious.

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      araxes 6 years ago

      Biriyani is my favorite Indian cuisine. this beautiful Lens gave me some new aspects on this magnificent dish. I am definitely going to try some of your recipes featured here!

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I will be trying a few of these recipes once I get rid of all these Thanksgiving leftovers. It's not easy to find a good restaurant where I live now sadly. Oddly enough, the food I miss most from England is a good Indian curry!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Shared this lens on my Facebook page for Everyday Exotic Spices.

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      Santiago666 6 years ago

      what a beautiful lens Hyderabadi Biryani Recipes ....great work. You can check out a similar lens like A Tour To Hyderabad.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful stuff. I am sure however that I could not eat it as hot as you do!

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      MrsPotts 6 years ago

      The only Indian food I'm familiar with is Curry. It will be fun to try this dish. Thank you for several recipes to choose from and the good instructions!

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      NTxWriter 6 years ago

      I love Indian food and just printed out a couple of your recipes so I can make one for dinner tonight. They look delicious!!

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      Just love Indian food, reading down this lens was making my mouth water with so many delicious recipes on offer. Nice lens Sukkran..

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      bman227 6 years ago

      Biriyani looks really good!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You put so much in one lens! Great effort.

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      Winter52 LM 6 years ago

      Sending your lens straight to my husband. He's the chef in our family and he loves Indian food! :)

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      i LOVE a good veggie biriyani

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      I love chicken bryaniiii not mutton though..I might have to pop bck to grab some of these recipes...yummy!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I love Biriyani, I often cook it. Didn't know about closing the pot with dough! That must add a special flavor to the dish.

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      OldStones LM 6 years ago

      I love mutton Biryani. I will have to try some of these recipes.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great recipes. They look delicious!

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      AnneVis 6 years ago

      Looks delicious, great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      lensmaker_11 6 years ago

      Delicious, nice lens

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      thailandecotour 6 years ago

      nice lens... will try the recipe soon

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      mumsgather 6 years ago

      I love biryani! Yum. Yum. :)

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      mimosachatterjee 6 years ago

      i wil try veg. biryanai didh

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      They all look lovely, thanks for sharing!

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      JoeLaBarbera LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens Biriyani Recipes. :-)

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Great Biriyani Recipes - Angekl Blessed.

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      One of my favorite dishes. Specially Hyderabadi biryani. Would love to try the one.

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      ChristineJoseph 6 years ago

      What great recipes. Biriyani is one of my favorite dishes, I'm looking forward to trying some of these

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      So savory!

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I love biryani... great recipes :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Biryani is one of the recipes that I relish, especially marriages without biryani or pulao are not thinkable. I love making biryani and it is a regular dish in our household.

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      semas 6 years ago

      A wonderful collection of biryani recipes.

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      rosytaylor 6 years ago

      Hi! This is an amazing and Awesome lens and very informative too. Nicely done, Keep up your great work!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Biriyani is new to me and you introduced it very deliciously with so many wonderful varieties.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent! If I had more ambition, this tasty lens would be enough to send me out to the kitchen. Seeing as how I have less ambition, I am more likely to head to one of the many Indian restaurants in my area. One way or another, though, I plan to have some Biryani before the week is out!

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      njmanura lm 6 years ago

      Biriyani is one of my favorite food.

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      Wow, what a great lens! I love's my favorite dish and as here in Mauritius we know only one recipe of briyani, now this lens brings me to various taste of different parts of India....will surely try these too....thanks a lot for sharing....lots of love and blessings to you....

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Actually my favorite biryani is SHRIMP!!!! Super YUMMY!!!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      You do such a yummy job on your recipes pages- enjoyed my stay, thanks -:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I absolutely love chicken Biryani! I was just lucky enough to ever tasted one. Been wondering how to make this very delicious meal for a year now. Thanks so much for sharing this! Great Lens

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I love Biriyani, and when we go out for an Indian meal it's always Debbie's first choice. Excellent lens, with some great recipes. I'm bookmarking this and hope to try some of them. Blessed and well deserved.

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      Pulao is my favorite... Looks yummy too... Delicious lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have made my mouth water and today's lunch is Biryani. :) Thanks and good day.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You make me feel hungry again with your yummy lens.. my friend :) My favorite is "Chicken Biriyani".. It look so tasty. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time.. my friend ;) I've to find something to eat right now :) LOL

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      I love Biriyani but don't know how to cook.This lens is useful for me to learn cooking Biriyani.Thanks.