Aloo Biryani | Potato Biryani

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There are many many varieties of Biryanis, Be it Veg Biryani or Non-veg Biryani From all the recipes this is the recipe that comes to my rescue when I crave for Biryani and don’t have any meat in the fridge. An exotic, spicy and flavorful dish which can be prepared within 30mins. An easy and healthy Aloo/Potato biryani. You can include more vegetables if you want. Adjust spices according to your taste buds.
You can use baby potatoes for this dish or use large potatoes and cut in cubes. Usually, Biryanis are made from the marinated masala. But you can skip the marination process here. This Aloo/Potato Biryani can be cooked easily and in less time.
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A perfect dish for your lazy weekends. A perfect comfort, spicy and delicious meal for your family to enjoy.Enjoy this dish with curd or plain raita, boondi raita/cucumber raita/Beetroot raita and salad.
Serves 2-3

  • 8-9 Baby potatoes, 3 Large potatoes- Cut into cubes
  • 1 Tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

For Biryani Masala Paste

  • 1 Large tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • 2 Ginger slice
  • 4-5 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 Chopped green chilies

For Biryani Gravy

  • 1 Large onion, chopped in thin slices
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2-3 Whole dry red chilies
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 5-6 Black peppercorns
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1/4 Garam masala
  • 1 Tsp coriander powder
  • 1 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tbsp red chili powder or as required
  • Salt as required
  • Oil

For Rice

  • 1 Cup basmati rice, I have used sona masoori rice
  • 1.5 Cups water
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt

Step 1- Soak rice for 30mins then drain water. Add ghee and salt in rice and mix well. Add  water and half cook the rice and let the cooked rice cool completely
Step 2- Add the biryani masala paste ingredients and 2tbsp water in a mixer jar and grind to a smooth paste
Step 3- Heat oil in a cooker or a deep pan and deep fry the baby potatoes/ cube potatoes and remove on a paper towel. In same oil deep fry the onion slices until crisp and dark brown and remove in a plate
Or add 2-3tbsp oil and fry potatoes on high flame until cooked and fry onion slices separately until crisp and dark brown
Step 4- In the same cooker/ pan heat 3-4 tbsp oil and add bay leaf, dry red chili & cinnamon and sauté for 1min on medium flame. Then add cloves, cardamom and black peppercorns, sauté for another minute
Step 5- Add the masala paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder and fry till masala is cooked properly
Step 6- Add 1 Cup water or as required, salt and let it boil for 1min. Then add half of the fried potatoes and onions and layer with rice and add then layer with the rest of the fried potatoes and onions
Cover the lid and let it cook on medium flame. Once cooked garnish with lime juice and chopped coriander leaves and serve
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