Biryani, a word that is good enough to leave most of us wanting to pick a bowl and enjoy the spoons after spoons of delicious rice cooked with most aromatic spices and chunks of veggies or meat depending on whether it is vegetarian biryani or non-vegetarian biryani. Essentially Biryani recipe has always been cooked with meats, so many non-vegetarians often say that there is no such thing as vegetable biryani.
Presumably vegetarian biryani recipe which is also known as Tehri was invented by taking inspiration from the original biryani and many restaurants started placing it in Indian vegetarian recipe sections to cater to those who wanted to enjoy veg Biryani.
Origin of Biryani is traced back to Persia and it arrived in India with the Mughals, but with time the recipes were adapted according to areas and based on that there are many well-known types of biryanis are originated. Popular one’s are Hyderabadi biryani, Lucknow biryani, Kolkata biryani and Bombay biryani.
Vegetarian Biryani too can be classified into two types according to cooking style. Pakki biryani in which rice and vegetables/meat are half cooked separately and then cooked further after mixing the both. In katchi biryani Vegetables and rice are layered and cooked together.
Sindhi Biryani is characterised by the use of yogurt while Bombay biryani is usually very greasy and more amount of crispy fried onions are used in Bombay biryani.
Hydrabadi Biryani recipe is very spicy and rich while Awadhi biryani or Lucknow biryani is delicately spiced. Kolkata biryani typically contains potatoes in it along with chunks of meat. The variety of rice used is also different according to the region Biryani comes from. Traditionally long grained rice is used in north India and short grain rice is used in south Indian Biryani Recipes.
My recipe does not follow any of this particular style of biryani, but I have picked up my favourite elements from the popular biryani recipe and customised this biryani recipe with more elements from Hyderabadi biryani as per my family’s taste.
Biryani Recipe | Hyderabadi Biryani or Dum Biryani Recipe