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Potato Biryani | Aloo Biryani in Pressure Cooker

Potato Biryani
Potato Biryani is a exotic rice based dish prepared with spicy potatoes, basmati rice and Indian spices. My mom uses Seeraga Samba rice for making biryani, instead of basmati Rice. This Potato Biryani can be served with Mint Raita or Onion Raita. This aloo Biryani is an easy, quick and healthy meal. It doesn't involve any grinding and no biryani powder is used.It makes an excellent lunch box. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Potato Biryani.

Potato Biryani Recipe

South Indian style spicy Potato Biryani prepared in pressure cooker.

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Yields : 4

Recipe Category: Main
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Potato Biryani


Table 1: 
Basmati Rice : 1.5 Cup
Oil / Ghee : 2 tsp
Ginger and Garlic finely chopped  : 1 tbsp
Onions chopped lengthwise : 1/2 cup
Green chilly slit lengthwise : 2
Tomato Paste : 2 tbsp
Salt : As needed
Cloves : 3
Cinnamon stick : Small
Cardamom : 1
Anistar : 1
Fennel seeds : 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves chopped : 2 stalks

Table 2: For Marination
Potatoes small size : 8
Oil : For Deep Frying
Curd / Yogurt : 3 tbsp
Salt : As needed
Turmeric Powder  : 1/4  tsp
Chilli Powder  : 1 tsp
Coriander powder : 1 tsp
Rice flour : 1 tbsp
Besan flour : 1 tbsp

1.Soak basmati rice for 1 hour or as per instruction given in the rice bag. Wash potatoes in water for 3-4 times till all the dirt is washed off. Peel the outer skin and cube it.
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 2. Mix curd, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, rice flour and besan flour in a big bowl. Add the cubed potatoes and marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes.
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3. Heat enough oil to deep fry. To check whether oil is hot, drop a little dough into oil. If it bubbles up on top, then oil is hot. Drop the marinated potatoes in oil and deep fry till it is cooked and turns golden colour on both sides. Drain the excess oil by placing it in a paper towel.
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4. Heat oil or ghee in the rice cooker or pressure cooker. Add  garam masala items and (cloves, cinnamon, anistar, cardamom and fennel seeds) and green chillies. Add finely chopped ginger and garlic. Fry it till raw smell goes off.Add Onion and fry till onions turn translucent.
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5. Add tomato paste and fry for a min. Add potatoes and coriander leaves. Mix well. 
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6. Add basmati rice, salt and water.Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
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Potato Biryani / Aloo Biryani / Urulai Kizhangu Biryani
Potato Biryani

1. Adjust green chillies to your taste. 
2.Bachelors can replace the garam masala items with 2 tsps of biryani powder, ginger and garlic with ginger garlic paste.
3.If ready made tomato paste is not available, then blanch and grind one medium size tomato. 
4.Lastly add one tsp of ghee before serving.
5.My mom cooks Biryani with butter instead of Oil. So we can replace oil with butter. 
6.For more rich flavour, add roasted cashews before serving.
7.No Biryani powder is used in the biryani.
8.Add mint leaves along with coriander leaves for more flavour.


  1. A very delightful and lovely potato biryani, simply yummy and delicious. I have never tried frying the potatoes for biryani. Will try your version....

  2. Wow..sounds intersting...who doesn't love potatoes and in the form of biryaani,,I can imagine the taste..it's in my to-do list now..

  3. yummy rice dish..looks so good

  4. Something new, something exciting and something so inviting. Potatoes are always on top of our list and when combined with rice, its double explosion in flavors.

  5. I will try this one. My friend used to make potato biriyani like this.

  6. Such a nice and simple recipe :) Loved the clicks :)
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  7. such a simple and flavourful recipe...

  8. that's a quick fix biriyani... bookmarked!

  9. Super like, love potatoes in briyanis, if i dont have any veggies, i'll go for potato briyani,we love it that much.

  10. Mazedaar aloo biryani. Wat an innovation. Superb.

  11. Such a strong colour and I think the flavors too would be equally strong.. Yummy looking, different biriyani :)

  12. Which is very simple and superb,Tnx for ur quick preparation.....

  13. Thanks for the lovely recipe, my husband loved it, Thanks again.

  14. Thanku for the recipe, it was very clear and easy to cook. Me n my friends tried and loved it. Thanku.

  15. Was easy to cook. While family relished the taste. Thanks.

  16. Looking for something new... finally find this potato biryani... Gonna try this today yippy!! Thanx for sharing :)

  17. Lovely!!.. tried this today comes out awesome.. yummu.. thanx for sharing something new dear.. :)


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