Handi Biryani

Handi Biryani

Prep Time      30 Mins
Cook Time      45 Mins
Serves              4

Handi biryani or Navratan biryani is a exotic vegetable version of biryani. The recipe is a must try not just for its taste, you will also enjoy cooking it in a clay pot with the fumes of clarified butter blended with clay’s aroma.

Source: Chef Gulzar Hussain in Cooking Show Live@9 on.


  • Rice 2 cups (soaked)
  • Yogurt 1/2 cup
  • Chicken stock 2, 1/2 cups
  • Peas 1/2 cup (boiled)
  • Cauliflower 1/2 cup (cut and boiled)
  • Carrots 1/2 cup (diced and boiled)
  • Green beans 1/2 cup (boiled)
  • Tomatoes 2 (sliced)
  • Onions 2-3 (fried)
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves 1/2 bunch (chopped)
  • Mint leaves chopped 1/2 bunch
  • Green chilies 4-5
  • Coriander powder 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder 1 tsp
  • Turmeric 1 tsp
  • All spice powder 1 tsp
  • Cumin 1/2 tsp
  • Cloves 3
  • Cinnamon 1 sticks
  • Bay leaf 2
  • Black Cardamom 2
  • Green Cardamom 3
  • Saffron few sprigs
  • Screw pine essences few drops
  • Clarified butter 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Wheat flour 400 gm (knead a hard dough with sufficient water)

Cooking Directions 

  1. Heat clarified butter in a clay pot (handi).
  2. Sauté cloves, black cardamom, small cardamom, cumin, cinnamon and bay leaves for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Now add the chopped tomatoes and half of fried onions.
  4. Cook until the oil separates.
  5. Then add the ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together yogurt, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric, all spice powder ,salt and chicken stock.
  7. Pour the mixture into the pot.
  8. Now add the soaked rice and cook until the oil forms a separate layer on top.
  9. Add the vegetables.
  10. Cover and seal the skillet with dough.
  11. Simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
  12. Just 5 minutes before serving, add chopped green chilies, chopped coriander leaves, chopped mint leaves, screw pine essence and saffron.
  13. Simmer again for 5 minutes.
  14. Dish out and garnish with fried onions.

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