Egg Dum Biriyani / Egg Biriyani

For day 3 themed under rice dishes in Blogging Marathon #65 is a layered biriyani made with eggs.The procedure of layered biriyani involves making gravy,boiling the rice then layering and finally putting it in the flame for dum process.Though its a bit lengthy proccess,the end result flavorful and long grained biriyani.The same procedure can be followed to make chicken biriyani.Let's move on to the recipe...

                                                                                                     Egg Biriyani/Egg Dum Biriyani

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 60- 70 minutes
   Serves ~ 3(generously)


Basmathi rice
1.25 cups
Boiled eggs
Onion(thinly sliced)
2 medium size
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Ginger&garlic paste
2 tbs
Green chilly/pachamilagai
4-5 (slit lengthy)
Mint leaves/pudina
a fistful(chopped)
Coriander leaves/kothamalli
a fistful(finely chopped)
4 tbs
Red chilly powder/varamilagai podi
1/2 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
1 tsp
Garm masala powder
1/2 tsp
Lemon juice
2 tsp
1.5 tsp
2 tbs
2 tbs
Hot water
2.5 cups

  For the tempering

2 inch piece
Bay leaf
Star anise
Black cardamom
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1/2 tsp
  For the layering

Fried onion
3-4 tbs
2 tsp
Mint leaves (chopped)
1 tbs
Coriander leaves
as needed
Food color
few drops
Kewra essence(optional)
few drops

  • Soak the basmathi rice in water,meanwhile heat oil and ghee in a pan.Fry a fistful of sliced onion in the oil till it becomes brown and crisp.Drain it from the oil.In the same oil,do the tempering with the given ingredients.
  • Add the sliced onion and green chilly,mint leaves along with a pinch of salt.Saute it until the onion turns transparent. Add in the ginger& garlic paste,fry it till the raw smell disappears.Now add the yogurt and fry it for a minute.Now  goes in the chopped tomatoes and cook it until mushy.
  • Add in salt and spice powders,give it a mix.Sprinkle some water and let it boil for couple of minutes.Add in the chopped coriander leaves and put off the flame.The gravy is ready.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and fry the boiled egg for a minute or two.Sprinkle a  pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp of red chilly powder.Fry it for one more minute and put off the flame.Make slits on the eggs if you are using whole eggs otherwise cut it into half and keep it aside.
  • Now boil around 4-5 cups of water in a pan and once it becomes rolling boil add a tsp of oil to the boiling water.Now completely drain the water from the rice and add it to the boiling water.Stir it occasionally.Once the rice is 60-70% done put off the flame and drain the water.Now in a heavy bottom pan,smear a tsp of oil and spread half of the rice.
  • Spread the prepared gravy on top of the rice and keep the eggs around the gravy.Spread the rest of the rice on top of the gray.Sprinkle the fried onion,mint leaves,coriander leaves on top of it.Mix the food color with a tsp of milk and add it on top the rice.Also drizzle the lemon juice and ghee.Cover the  with pan with lid and keep it on a slow flame.Let it be on the flame for 25-30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes remove it from the fire and mix it gently.
  • Serve it with raita

  • Do not cook the rice for too long time.
  • Cashews can be fried and added for extra rich taste.
  • Instead of food color,saffron can be soaked in milk and added.
  • Don not add too much of tomato.
  • Frying the egg is an optional.
  • The rice cooks very fast,so keep an eye otherwise it would turn mushy.Mine was done in 4 minutes.


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Wow that's one stunning biryani Nalini..I so enjoyed all your so nicely done!

ABsolutely irresistible and very droolworthy biriyani, makes me hungry already.

I LOVE egg biryani. Your dish looks absolutely amazing.

Egg biryani looks so awesome. Amazing recipe.

perfectly made dum biriyani.... stunning pics

I love the way you plate rice..looks fantastic.

Lovely presentation Nalini! Looks wonderful :)

Awesome. Love it. Nalini I am drooling

Irresistible biryani...bookmarked

this protein packed biryani must have tasted awesome

Though dum biryani is laborious, it is worth all the effort. I love layered dum biryani!! Nice presentation and delicious platter for biryani

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Hello Nalini where can I buy this silver tray, plate fork and spoon of your egg biryani. All the best

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