Saturday, June 16, 2007

Egg Biryani

This recipe is from my friend Raji and I think she makes the best version of this. Eventhough she has given me the recipe several times and I have even observed her preparing it, mine still doesn't taste as good as hers... something about her touch and expertise I guess :)
All the same, I want to give the recipe

Basmati Rice - 1.5 cups
Eggs - 5, Hardboiled and peeled
Onion - 1 Large, sliced thinly
Green Chillies - 5, sliced
Tomato - 1/2 tomato, chopped
Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Ginger - 1 inch piece, chopped finely
Garlic - 4 cloves, peeled and chopped finely
Coriander leaves - 5 stalks, chopped
Mint Leaves - 8 to 10, chopped
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Shakthi Egg Masala Powder - 1 tbsp or more to taste
Salt, to taste
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Canola Oil - 1 tbsp

1. Cook Basmati Rice separately, ensure grains are separate and allow to cool
2. Halve boiled eggs and make 2 light slits on each half (white side)
3. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, add green chillies, onions, ginger and garlic
4. Saute until onions soften and caramelize a bit
5. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, dry masala powders, coriander and mint leaves
6. Allow this to cook well into a mushy state
7. Mix yogurt with about a cup of water until smooth and add this to the fried onion-tomato mixture
8. Once this comes to a boil, slip in the eggs and let this simmer until the gravy thickens, about 10-15 mins.
9. Remove the eggs, keep aside and let the gravy continue to cook until it thickens a little more.
10. Mix the cooked rice with the gravy completely. Take care not to smush it.
11. In a greased, oven-proof bowl, add half the rice mixture, arrange the boiled eggs, and top with the remaining rice mixture.
12. Cook this in a pre-heated oven at 350F for about 15 mins.

13. Garnish and serve.


  1. wonderfull dish lavanya.. it was yummy.. can`t say any thing much about his.. thanks to you lavanaya and ur friend raji..

  2. Shailaja, thank you so much for trying this and your feedback :) Am glad you enjoyed it. Will definitely thank my friend on your behalf as well.

  3. Hi Lavanya,

    I am shailaja again... don`t know why ur egg biryani has no comments yet... after trying ur egg biryani.. i have also tried some more egg biryani`s but to my surprise ur biryani was superb... my husband ask me to prepare ur version of biryani once in a week... i liked no no. i really loved ur biryani...

    Once again thanks for ur recipe...


  4. Thank you again Shailaja.. I was so happy to see your comment again. My husband too likes this the best and doesn't like any other version.

  5. hai lavanya,

    Wow!!! that looks really yummy!!
    Am going to try this week end.. thanks for the recipe..

  6. Hi...I tried tis recipe today and it was great! Thank you, Jothi.

  7. Thank you Jothi! :) So happy to hear that you liked it.


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