Plain Biryani Rice/Plain Biryani Rice Recipe

We all love biryanis don't we..Atleast i do ..Give me any biryanis and ill be happy but i prefer homemade biryanis than restaurant ones...At times when we feel too rich to have  a biryani but still want that taste  this is what I do..I make this plain biryani rice and some butter chicken or chicken kurma along and there you have a scrumptious treat...
This biryani rice is not only tasty but so aromatic that as you open the lid you house is filled with a lovely aroma..I made this with Butter Chicken  and chicken tikka yesterday ..We all had a wonderful meal together...

1 1/2  cup good quality Basmati rice
1 large onion sliced thinly
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp shahijeera/black cumin seeds
8-9 pepper
1 " cinnamon stick
4-5 cloves
4-5 green cardamom crushed
1 javitri
1-2 star anise
2-3 bay leaves
juice of 1/2 lime
few saffron strands infused in 1/4 cup warm milk
cashews and almonds as needed
rose water 1-2 tsp
few drops of orange and yellow color(optional)


  • Wash the rice well and soak for 30 mins
  • Drain all excess water and keep aside
  • In a vessel heat 6-7 cups of water 
  • Add the washed rice ,lime juice and all whole spices with salt.
  • Cook till 3/4 th done and drain all the water.
  • Put the drained rice in a vessel pour the saffron infused milk on the top most layer of the rice.
  • Sprinkle 1-2 tsp rose water and melted ghee.
  • Also add golden fried onions and nuts on top
  • Cover tight with a lid and place something heavy on the lid so that there is no room for the air to escape or you could seal the lid with wheat dough.
  • Keep the flame low and cook further for 15-20 min .
  • I usually cook in a non stick vessel with a tight lid so that no air escapes.
  • Open the lid and serve with any rich gravy of your choice.

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  1. wow...GLORIAAAAA...i am coming over right now.. biryani looks awesome and love love ur photos ..just feel like grabbing it

  2. biryani is our all time favourite,

  3. this looks amazing... biriyani without anything...

  4. I really love basmati rice.. and of course biryani :)

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  6. perfectly cooked each grain of rice...I can feel the aroma

  7. Yes to briyani anytime. Plain or with meat also I would love. I see the deliciousness in this plain type.

  8. Wonderful dear, looks so perfect!

  9. Oh Gloria, thank you so much for this rice recipe...I love how long and fluffy they are...gorgeous!
    Have a colorful day :)

  10. love the texture of the rice dear,looks yumm with chicken :)

  11. that looks so perfect...can't stop drooling

  12. Delicious biriyani Gloria, love it.

  13. after looking at this , last night was craving for biryani and made something with rice too. looks just absolutely yummy

  14. Its flavorful, perfect and tempting!

  15. delicious biriyani..the texture of the rice looks so perfect..

  16. Beautiful biryani. I am gonna try it out soon. Love it. Yum yum :)

  17. This is one of my favorite dishes. Totally love your recipe, got to give this a try!
    Super tempting pics :)

  18. such a beautiful biryani .. yum yum.. dry fruits in that wow

  19. Plain biryani you mean no masala,i thought no veggies.Yummy biryani dea