It's amazing how a simple staple food like rice could be turned into a flavourful aromatic one using certain spices and meat thus creating one of the most famous main course meal, the biryani. Biryani, originating from the Mughal’s kitchen has won hearts of the Indians to a great extent and its popularity thus proves this fact.
Biryani is basically a one-pot meal where rice is cooked along with rich spices and meat. There are various types of biryani depending upon the meat used, moreover the spices too differ according to the meat used and so does the taste. There are a number of vegetarian variants in biryani too. However the famous ones mostly are non-vegetarian such as chicken biryani, mutton biryani and fish biryani. Spices used in biryani differ according to the recipe, however the common spices include garam masala, turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon and a lot more.
Based on the types of ingredients and meat used, Biryani is of the following types -
Chicken Biryani: Arguably the most eaten and the most famous biryani among all types, the chicken biryani is prepared with marinated chicken cooked in rice with a number of spices such as cumin, coriander, bay leaf, etc. along with ginger and garlic and seasoned with cashew and other nuts as well. Such flavour such taste such aroma is hard to find in simple plain rice.
Mutton Biryani: It's similar to the Chicken Biryani where the chicken is replaced with mutton as the main ingredient, the spices too remain same with a few different ones replacing the ones used in the Chicken Biryani. One can assume the popularity of Mutton Biryani by its huge demand everywhere.
Fish Biryani: Here the meat used is fish and tastes a little different from either of the above mentioned types, it's basically fish cooked in rice accompanied with a number of spices making it quite rich in taste and healthy too.
Veg Biryani: Also known as Tehri, this is the vegetarian version of biryani where rice is cooked in one pot along with fresh vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, green peas and potatoes. Though not as spicy as the non-vegetarian types, this type is quite healthy and great in taste as it with a great variety to go with it as its ingredients. Sometimes, soya bean is also used which is full of protein.
These are the types of biryani according to the meat used, however according to different regions, the preparation of biryani and its taste differ as well, there are quite a number of variants in biryani. Given below is the link for different variations in biryani.
The author is a food freak. She has a taste for non-veg food & loves exploring great taste whichever places she travels. Her articles/ blogs are the destination for anyone seeking some guidance in creating different kinds of Biryani recipes at home specially Chicken Biryani. This is her most favourite & she has tried almost all the variations from Living Foodz.