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Masoor Biryani

Masoor Biryani is a delicious pink lentil veg biryani. It can be made with least efforts & it is loaded with proteins. It tastes yummy. It is excellent option for non vegetarians on veg days.


2 cup rice

1cup whole masoor (pink lentils)

3 onions chopped 2 onions sliced for frying

2 tomatoes

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 bay leaves

7-8 pepper corns

2 inch cinnamon stick

1 start anise

2 cloves

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tsp red chilly powder

1 masala cardamom

2 tbsp yogurt

5-6 saffron strands (optional)

Salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

1 tbsp ghee


Soak masoor for 3-4 hours.Then drain the water & keep aside.

Pressure cook the rice with a little less than double water. Here I have used 3 1/2 cup water. This gives the rice separate strands.  Alternatively rice can be cooked outside with some whole spices.Cook till the rice is 80% done.

Fry 2 sliced onions in oil & keep aside.

Heat oil + ghee in a pan. Add all dry spices. Then add chopped onions & tomatoes. Fry till oil separates. Then mix ginger garlic paste, turmeric & chilly powder & some salt. Add yogurt & mix well

Mix the whole masoor in the onion tomato gravy. Add 1/2 cup water & cover & cook till the masoor becomes soft.

Now mix the cooked rice on top of this masoor gravy. Garnish with coriander leaves & fried onions.

Alternatively layer of rice & masoor gravy can be made. Mix the saffron strands dissolved in water on top. Cover & cook for 7-8 minutes. 

Hot steaming biryani  is ready to be served.

Tip : Instead of using dry spices , ready biryani mix/kitchen king  masala can also be used.

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