How to make Kaikari Biryani -

Vegetable and rice cooked in freshly ground south indian style masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Kolum Rice, Potatoes (आलू)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Rice

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Kaikari Biryani

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The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kaikari Biryani Recipe

  • Kolum Rice cubed 2 medium

  • Potatoes cubed 1 medium

  • Cauliflower cut into florets 1/4 small

  • French beans 1 1/2 inch cubes

  • Green peas 1/4 cup

  • Tomato seeded and cubed 1 medium

  • Green capsicum seeded and cubed 1 medium

  • kolam rice soaked 1 1/2 cup

  • Oil 10 tablespoons

  • Onion chopped 2 medium

  • Green cardamom 3-4

  • Cinnamon 1 1/2 inch piece

  • Turmeric powder 1 1/2 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Salt to taste

  • Green chilli,slit 3

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Mint leaves for garnishing


  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) 1 tablespoon

  • Coriander seeds 2 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 2 tablespoon

  • Dried red chilli 4

  • Scraped coconut 1/4 cup

  • Garlic chopped 10-12

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • For masala

  • Cinnamon 1/2 inch piece

  • Clove 4

  • Green cardamom 2

  • Mace 2 blade

  • Star anise 1

  • Black peppercorns 10-12 inch piece inch cubes

  • Nutmeg powder a pinch


Step 1

To make the masala paste, heat two tablespoons oil and fry poppy seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, red chillies and coconut till light brown.

Step 2

Cool and grind to a smooth paste with the garlic, ginger and a little water.

Step 3

To make the garam masala, dry roast cinnamon, cloves, green cardamoms, mace, star anise, black peppercorns and nutmeg for two to three minutes and pound into a coarse powder.

Step 4

Heat remaining oil in a non-stick pan and sauté onions with green cardamoms and cinnamon till they turn golden brown.

Step 5

Add the turmeric powder and continue to sauté for a minute.

Step 6

Add the potato, carrot, cauliflower, beans and curry leaves and stir.

Step 7

Cover and cook for a couple of minutes on high heat.

Step 8

Drain the rice well and add to the vegetable mixture.

Step 9

Add the green peas, tomato, masala paste and salt. Mix well.

Step 10

Add three and a half cups of hot water and stir. Add the green chillies, garam masala and capsicum.

Step 11

Mix well and bring to a boil on high heat.

Step 12

Reduce heat and add the lemon juice. Cover and cook, stirring once in a while, till done.

Step 13

Serve hot garnished with fresh mint sprigs.

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