Biranji (Flavoured Rice)

By now you must be wondering what is this . I had the same expression when my mom-in-law said she is going to prepare Biranji.Well,it is basically a flavorful spicy rice dish. This is very easy to prepare and it tastes delicious .
We had friends for dinner and athamma prepared her special dishes birnaji & egg shorva everybody just loved the food .Thanks to athamma for sharing this special spicy dish with me.

Oil - 2tsp
Rice - 2 cups
Garlic - 4 pods
Onion - 1 small

Tomato - 1 small
Red chili powder - 1tsp
Salt 3/4 tsp (Add according to taste)
Cinnamon stick - 1/4 piece
Ginger garlic paste -1/4 tsp(optional)
Scallion/spring onion - 3tbsp finely chopped (optional)
Cilantro/coriander - 3 tbsp finely chopped
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 1
Garam masala - 1/4tsp(optional)

Note : This dish is supposed to be soft so athamma prefers pressure cooker , if you are comfortable open cooking please go ahead.

1.Wash & soak the rice for 30 min.
2.Grind garlic,cardamom,clove,cinnamon into paste and keep it aside.
3.Chop onion(as shown in pic),tomato,cilantro,spring onion and you can add any greens of your choice. I added approximately 1 cup spinach.
4.Switch on the heat and once the cooker/pan is hot add oil .
5.Once the oil is hot add the ground masala mixture ,keep stiring do not burn garlic .
6.Add onion cook them for 5 min add ginger garlic paste . Once the raw smell of ginger is gone add tomato,spinach,cilantro,spring onion,salt,red chili powder and mix it cook the mixture for 5-8 min on medium flame,
7.Add water to the mixture , I used 4 cups of water for 2 cups of rice .Check for the seasoning and add if anything is required.
8.When water starts boiling add rice , cover it with a lid if you are using cooker then cook it on medium heat for 1-2 whistles (if you like the rice to be soggy then you can wait for 3 whistle I prefer 2).Turn off the heat , and leave the cooker or pan on the stove until it cools down.
9.Once the cooker cools down the rice is ready to serve.
Yummy Biranji can be served with raita ,lime pickle. or any curry of your choice. I prefer lime pickle as the rice already has lot of spices.


Ah this looks so delicious... :)

November 7, 2010 at 11:07 PM  

Just love brinji rice anytime with spicy potato fries,my fav combo..

November 8, 2010 at 3:58 AM  

Going to make this one for dinner tonite. This recipe sure is a respite from the regular biryani's and pulav's, which i am tired of making.
Thanks dear for the wonderful recipe.. easy and delicious.

November 8, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

Full of flavors..perfect one pot meal!

US Masala

November 8, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

Thanks all ,It tastes amazing.

November 15, 2010 at 2:02 PM  

Today i made biranji rice, it tastes really good again i wanna to prepare next week b/c my broth n my mom is coming and i want to taste them too. yummy.

December 10, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

Thank you sandhya !!I'm glad that you like it !

December 14, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

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