5 Biryani Recipes for Diwali Dinner

Among hundreds of festivals, Diwali is the biggest festival for most of the Indians. Every religion has a different story and a reason for celebrating it but the few of the common things are crackers, sweets, lights, diyas, and FOOD.

Different delicacies are made when people visit each other’s houses with Diwali gifts and various Diwali parties are held to celebrate togetherness. Diwali dinners are a way for families to bond and what better than Biryani to serve to your guests. Hyderabadi Biryani, Chicken Biryani, Veg Biryani etc. are some of the royal dish’s categories. Making biryani is an art and not everybody masters it but the beginning to it is a good biryani recipe.

So, we have brought a few of the best biryani recipes for you to try this Diwali to impress your guests.

  1. Butter Chicken Biryani

If you are a non-vegetarian, the word ‘Butter Chicken’ is enough for you to be convinced about making this biryani. Go on! You won’t be disappointed.


Serves: 2


  • 250 gm boneless chicken
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • ½ cup hung curd
  • ¼ cup cashew paste
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
  • 1 tspgaram masala powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • ¼ cup fried onions
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves (pudina)
  • ½ cup fresh coriander (dhaniya)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp whole spices
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • Fried onions for layering
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream for layering
  • Few strands of saffron (kesar)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Dough for sealing for smoking (dhungaar)
  • Slice of onion
  • Charcoal


  1. In a bowl mix boneless chicken, garlic paste, ginger paste, hung curd, cashew paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, sugar, tomato puree, fried onions, salt to taste, fresh mint leaves and fresh coriander
  2. Mix well to marinate the chicken. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and longer for better flavour.
  3. In a pan add butter and set the flame to medium.
  4. Add the marinated chicken and cook until chicken is cooked.
  5. Now in a separate stock pot boil enough water and add a tablespoon of ghee and some whole spices (1 bay leaf, 2-3 black peppercorns, 2-3 cloves, 1 green cardamom, ½ inch cinnamon stick)
  6. Wash the rice thrice and remove excess starch.
  7. Now boil the rice until 3/4th done. Check the rice by pressing a grain of rice between your thumb and index finger. The grain should not squeeze completely that’s when you stop cooking.
  8. Now drain the rice and keep aside.
  9. In a heavy bottom pot, add ghee and cover the base with sliced potatoes. This can be skipped this is only for the biryani to not stick to the bottom.
  10. Now add in half of the cooked rice, now layer with fresh coriander and mint, fried onions.
  11. Now add the cooked chicken and cream and repeat the process.
  12. Now mix warm milk and saffron and add to the biryani.
  13. Now use thedough to seal the top. And cover so that heat doesnot escape the pot.
  14. Cook on a low flame for 15-20 minutes.
  15. Remove the sealed lid and carry out the smoking process. Place a live charcoal in a bowl or a slice of onion, add 2-3 cloves and now add ghee to release smoke. Cover for 3-5 minutes to infuse the smoky flavour. Remove the lid and serve hot with curd or raita.

  1. Instant Student Biryani

Though the name says it is for students, but it is an easy and a quicker biryani recipe than others and if you are short of time and can’t decide what to cook, this is perfect for you.




  • 2 cups basmati rice

For PaneerMarination:

  • 300 gmspaneer
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste

For Biryani Masala:

  • 1 tbsp refined oil
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ inch cinnamon piece (dalchini)
  • 1 cardamom (elaichi)
  • 1 clove (laung)
  • 4-5 peppercorn (kali mirch)
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ tspgaram masala
  • ½ tsp coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
  • ½ tsp cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp ghee

For Garnishing:

  • ¼ cup onion (sauté onion till brown)
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder (elaichi powder)
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder (jayfal powder)
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • Water, to sprinkle

For Smoking:

  • 1 magic coal
  • Ghee


  1. In a bowl add paneer, and all the marination masalas and mix well.
  2. In a pan heat oil and place whole spices, and let the flavours infuse in the oil.
  3. Add onions and sauté till they turn brown.
  4. Add tomatoes and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add turmeric powder, garam masala coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder.
  6. Sprinkle some water and pour little ghee.
  7. Mix in the paneer pieces and simmer for 2 minutes.
  8. Now add the cooked basmati rice.
  9. Mix everything well until combined.
  10. Add the caramelized onion, mint leaves, raisins and salt.
  11. Stir this well and add rose water, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder.
  12. Add a little more ghee and sprinkle some water.
  13. Give it a good mix and place a small bowl in the centre of the pan.
  14. Light the magic coal and place it in the bowl. Pour some ghee on the burning coal and cover the pan.
  15. Once the rice is smoked remove from flame.
  16. Serve hot, garnished with caramelized onion and mint leaves.

  1. Veg Dum Biryani

Vegetarian biryani for many non-vegetarians does not exist but the truth is that is made with the right spices and taste, it can turn out to be as delicious. This is one such recipe, a must try!


Serves: 4


For Biryani Rice:

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves (tejpatta)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • ½ tsp cloves (laung)
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ tsp pepper (kali mirch)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cup basmati rice (soaked for 20 minutes)

For Biryani Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 bay leaf (tejpatta)
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • ½ tsp cloves (laung)
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tspjeera
  • 4 cardamom (elaichi)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (carrot, gobhi, peas, potato, beans)
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 tspKashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric (haldi)
  • 2 tsp biryani masala powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coriander-mint paste (dhaniya-pudina paste)
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 cubes paneer
  • ¼ cup chopped mint (pudina)
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander (dhaniya)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • ½ cup fried onion
  • ¼ cup saffron water (kesarkapani)
  • Pinch of biryani masala powder
  • Wheat dough, to seal (atta)


  1. Firstly, in a thick bottomed deep vessel spread in a layer of prepared biryani gravy.
  2. Further layer it with cooked rice.
  3. Also spread a few chopped mint, coriander, fried onions and saffron water.
  4. As a third layer, spread biryani gravy.
  5. Repeat layering of cooked rice, saffron water, fried onions and biryani masala.
  6. Also top with a tbsp of ghee, mint and coriander.
  7. Close and seal with dough.
  8. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  9. Finally, serve Hyderabadidum biryani with raita or mirchikasalan.

  1. Kulhad Egg Biryani

Apart from just cooking biryani, if you are looking for an impressive presentation of your food then this can turn tables for you. Try this and you won’t stop eating!


Serves- 2-3


For Egg Mixture:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 or 1 ½ tspchopped green chillis
  • ½ tspbiryani masala
  • Salt-to taste

For Biryani Masala:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf (tejpatta)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds (dhaniyekebeej)
  • 5-6 blackpeppercorns (kali mirch)
  • 4-5 cloves (laung)
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp brown onions (sauté till brown)
  • 1 tbsp curd (whisked)
  • 1 tsp biryani masala
  • 1 tsp cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • 1 tspgaram masala
  • 1 bowl steamed rice
  • Salt-to taste

For Garnishing:

  • 2 tsp fresh cream
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3-4 strands saffron (kesar)
  • 2-3 tbsp brown onions
  • Wheat flour dough (atta)- enough to cover & seal the kulhad from the top


  1. In a bowl, whisk eggs, add chopped green chillies, red chili powder, and biryani masala, salt and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add bayleaf, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black pepper, cloves, dry red chilli& stir well
  3. Add ginger garlic paste, brown onions,whisked curd (to avoid lumps) & cook well.
  4. Add biryani masala, cumin powder, garam masala & stir well.
  5. Toss the steamed rice in this masala & add salt to taste.
  6. Add the tossed rice in a kulhad& pour the egg mixture on top
  7. In a small bowl, mix saffron (kesar), fresh cream & butter and put the mixture on the kulhad biryani.
  8. Add some brown onions (caramelized) on top.
  9. Cover the kulhad with wheat flour dough (atta) & brush with butter.
  10. Bake at 180 degrees C for 15-20 mins
  11. Once the roti on top is cooked, remove it
  12. Serve hot!

  1. Soya Keema Biryani

Minced tempting meat and nutritious soya’s combination will take this recipe to heights. Cook this one for your loved ones and they won’t hesitate in asking for more.


Serves: 3


For Biryani Rice:

  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice
  • ½ tspjeera
  • 1 bay leaf (tejpatta)
  • 4 cloves (laung)
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (elaichi)
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tsp oil

For Biryani Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • ½ tspjeera
  • 1 small or ½ bay leaf (tejpatta)
  • 1 star anise (biryani flower)
  • 4 cloves (laung)
  • 1 small stick of cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (elaichi)
  • ½ cup onion thinly sliced
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¾ cup soya granules
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 tspchilli powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tspgaram masala + 1 tsp meat masala + 1 ½ or 2 tsp biryani powder
  • Salt as needed
  • ¼ cup curd or ½ cup thin coconut milk
  • Handful of mint leaves (pudina) and coriander leaves (dhaniya)
  • 1 tbsp of melted ghee


  1. Wash and soak rice as required. If using basmati rice, soak according to the instructions on the pack. Drain it to a colander.
  2. Bring 6-8 cups of water to a rapid boil along with salt, oil, jeera, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon and green cardamoms.
  3. Add the drained rice to rapid boiling water and cook on a medium heat. You must feel the bite into the rice.
  4. Drain this out of the rice and set aside.
  5. To the drained hot water, you can add soya keema or chunks and leave to soak for a while. You can also use fresh boiling water to soak the soya. Squeeze off well and rinse them in fresh water a few times. Squeeze completely and set aside.
  6. Heat a pan with oil or ghee and sautéjeera, bay leaf, star anise, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.
  7. Sauté onions and green chilli until golden.
  8. Sauté ginger garlic paste for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add soya keema and peas and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  10. Add red chilli powder, salt, garam masala and meat masala or biryani masala, sauté for another 2 minutes.
  11. Add curd or coconut milk. Cook covered until the mixture turns to thick gravy. Check for salt and spice.
  12. Add mint coriander leaves. Layer the rice well.
  13. Sprinkle some coriander and mint leaves, pour ghee.
  14. Cover with a tight lid and place a heavy object over it. Or cover it with foil and cook on a very low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  15. Allow to rest for another 10 minutes. Open the lid and squeeze in lemon juice.
  16. Serve soya keema biryani hot or warm with a bowl of raita or onion slices.

With these lip-smacking biryani recipes, you must be now convinced to include biryani in your Diwali dinner menu.


8 Facts about Basmati Rice

As a cereal, rice is widely eaten in Asia including India. Rice is eaten in all parts of India in hundreds of different ways, with different things and curries, but the one thing that remains the same throughout the country is their mutual love for rice.

It is grown in the northern states of India like Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh etc. where rain fall is higher than other states. There are many categories of rice as well, but the most popular in India is Basmati Rice.


The word ‘bas’ means aroma and ‘mati’ means full of. Therefore, the term Basmati means ‘full of aroma’.

Listed down below are some of the facts about our favourite Basmati rice:

  1. Basmati rice is long-grained rice which looks and smells beautiful if cooked properly.
  2. Haryana is the largest cultivator of Basmati rice.
  3. The longer this rice is stored, the better it tastes. It needs from 90-200 days to mature.
  4. Basmati rice is rich in carbohydrates and has less fat than other categories of rice which encourages physical activity.
  5. Not just Basmati rice but rice, in general, are considered a symbol of prosperity in Hindu religion that is why they are thrown by brides at weddings.
  6. There are more than 10 varieties of Basmati rice in India.
  7. Basmati rice is gluten free.
  8. As per the survey done in 2014, India exports about 60% of Basmati rice to the world.

There are various companies who claim their rice to be the best basmati rice in India. For eg: India Gate Basmati Rice, Daawat Basmati Rice, Pansaari Basmati rice etc. which promise the best quality rice. Basmati rice shopping online can be done at Delhi’s largest online grocery store, BazaarCart.


Price Comparison Table

Product Name

MRP (Rs) BazaarCart Price (Rs) Quantity Savings Savings (Rs)
India Gate Basmati Rice Mogra 680 510 10 Kg 25% 170
Pansari tasty Basmati Rice 800 600 10 Kg 25% 200
Elina Basmati Rice 860 580 5 Kg 32% 280
Total Savings


Visit https://www.bazaarcart.com/collections/rice for the widest collection of Basmati rice at discounted prices.