Egg Biryani
March 1, 2014

Basmati Rice flavored with spices and served with egg

Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course
Serves 6
Method Stovetop
Difficulty Hard
Cook Time 2   hour(s) 30   minute(s)
  • Cuisine Indian
  • Course Main Course
  • Serves 6
  • Method Stovetop
  • Difficulty Hard
  • Cook Time 2   hour(s) 30   minute(s)
butter or ghee
2   tablespoon
long grain basmati rice
2   cup
shahi jeera or black cumin seeds
1   teaspoon
green cardamom
bay leaves
1 inch cinnamon stick
quarter sized black stone flower(dagad phool,kalpasi)
star anise
ginger garlic paste
1   teaspoon
turmeric powder
1/4   teaspoon
coriander powder
1.5   teaspoon
yogurt or dahi
1   cup
red chili powder
1   teaspoon
biryani masala powder
1   teaspoon
green chili
1/4   cup
chopped coriander leaves
1/2   cup
chopped mint leaves
1/2   cup
black pepper powder
1   pinch
salt to taste
boiled eggs
saffron or food color
1   pinch
1/3   cup
fried onions
1/2   cup

1. Take rice in rice cooker, add 1/2 tablespoon butter, cardamom, bay leaves, shahi jeera, cloves, cinnamon, javetri, kalpasi, anise and cashews with salt and cook with 3 1/2 cups water.

2. Take the remaining butter in a pan, add the onion and green chili and saute for 3- minutes until onions are translucent.

3. Add the ginger garlic paste and turmeric and saute for 1 minute or until the raw smell of garlic goes.

4. Add mint and coriander leaves and saute for 1 minute.

5. Add the yogurt and biryani masala, black pepper powder,red chili powder and coriander powder and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and mix. Remember you already added salt in the rice so do not add too much salt to the gravy. Check the taste,if you need more spice add more red chili powder, if you need more masala add masala. For an earthier taste add coriander powder.The gravy has to be thick.

6. You can cook the whole eggs with slits in them for 2 minutes in the gravy or you can slice them in half and baste them in the gravy for 2 minutes for the flavors to absorb, remove the eggs from the gravy and keep aside.

7. Warm the milk and dissolve the saffron or color in the milk.

8. Now preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Take a deep oven safe bowl and place a layer of rice,then layer it with fried onions

9. Add a layer of the onion gravy and then rice and drizzle it with saffron milk

10. Repeat with rice,fried onions and gravy and drizzle the remaining saffron milk

11. Seal the dish with an aluminum foil and place in the oven for 1 hour and remove and mix and serve with raitha.If you want to skip the layering,you can directly add the whole spices in the butter in the pan and once the gravy is cooked add the rice and water and cook together.Biryani is all about balancing flavors, so dont hesitate to taste your gravy for the perfect balance of spices. Each biryani masala powder is different, I prefer the Shan masala brand.Adjust the coriander powder and amount of biryani masala as per the brand you use.