Tomato Biriyani - Pressure Cooker Method

Making one pot meal has become very easy after the arrival of pressure cooker and makes the work lot easier.
For the second day of Blogging Marathon #35 under the theme pressure cooker I made Tomato Biriyani,one pot meal.
This is my mom's version and she uses seraga sambha rice,here I also used the same rice.The biriyani came out very delicious and flavorful.Off to the recipe..............................

Basic Information

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 30 minutes
Serves ~3-4


Seraga sambhaa rice/basmathi rice11/2cups
Onion(sliced)1(large size)
Tomato(finely chopped)4(medium size)
Chilly Powder/milgai podi1/2-3/4tsp
Coriander Powder/dhaniya podi1tsp
Garam Masala Powder1/4tsp
Turmeric powder1/8tsp
Ginger&garlic paste11/2tsp
Green Chilly(slit lengthy)4
Coriander leaves(chopped)2tbs
Mint leaves/pudina(chopped)15-20 leaves
Saltto taste

For the Tempering 

Cinnamon/pattai1 ich piece
Star anise1
Bay leaf/biriyani ilai1


Soak the rice for 20 minutes,heat a pressure pan or cooker with oil and ghee,temper it with the ingredients given for tempering.Saute the onion,green chillies and half of the chopped mint leaves with a pinch of salt to transparent then ginger and garlic paste.Now add the  tomatoes,cook till mushy.

Add all the spice powders,salt and stir it for a minute then add the measured water and the remaining mint leaves and chopped coriander leaves.

Let it boil,now add the soaked rice to it and allow it to cook for a boil.Now close the pressure cooker with the lid and keep the flame to a medium.Cook it for two whistles and keep it in a low flame for 3 minutes.Put off the flame and open it after the pressure subsides.Fluff it with a fork.

Serve it warm along with onion raitha,chips and veg or non veg curry.


  • The amount of water depends on the quality of the rice,for seraga sambha rice I use 23/4 cups for 11/2 cups of water if its basmathi use 21/3cups.
  • The amount of red chilly powder is depends on personal preference,mine is extra hot chilly powder so used 1/2 tsp.
  • Use well ripe tomatoes to get a nice tangy taste.
  • Addition ghee gives a nice flavor and extra richness to the biriyani and addition of cashew is purely optional.

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Tomato biryani is colorful and delicious! The rice is perfect;y cooked.

wow thats an super inviting biryani in pressure cooker :) looks so delicious and stunning clicks dear :) looks fantastic !!

Delicious and lovely looking tomato biriyani.

every week it has a place in my kitchen,, i do it open kadai .as i soak the rice for long .. nice click nalini

Awesome biryani dear looks so delicious, love all your crisp clicks and also that plate <3

the biriyani looks super easy and yummy...

very colourful and tempting biryani

Very delicious and flavorful one pot meal for lunch box.

Looks so perfect Nalini and awesome clicks....

very colorful and sounds delicious as well.

The rice is cooked so perfect in the pressure cooker! love the recipe :)

Biryani looks so delicious ! Lovely clicks....

It is cooked perfectly. Looks delicious.

Looks beautiful and its so deliciously cooked. Yum

Such a flavorful and delicious one pot dish..

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