Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani | Easy Lunch Recipes

I made a guest post in Ambika's a while back and here is post.Ever since I started making pulaos and biriyanis I find it easier than our regular meals menu and we enjoy it more. This time I made use of the ready coconut milk powder - Thanks to the sis who introduced me to it and sent packs of it!
Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe

Saw this biriyani recipe in a magazine, I adjusted it a bit and made it few days back and we totally loved the flavour of the biriyani. With peas added it gives a nice crunch to it.

Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe

Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe - Ingredients
Serves 2
  • Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Peas - 1/2 cup
  • Onion - 1 medium sized chopped lengthwise
  • Thick Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - to taste
To grind to a paste:
  • Mint leaves(Pudina) - 1/2 cup tightly packed
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chillies - 3
  • Red Chillies - 2
  • Coconut(grated) -  3 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic - 4 pearls
To temper:
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Bayleaf - a small piece
  • Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1

Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe

1.Grind the ingredients under 'to grind' with little water to a semi fine paste.Set aside. In a pressure cooker heat oil + ghee and add the ingredients under 'to temper' and saute for a minute.Presoak basmati rice for 15mins and set aside
Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe - Step1
2.Add onions and fry till golden brown. Then add the paste and fry till oil seperates and raw smell leaves.
Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe - Step2
3.. Then add peas, required salt and basmati rice(drain water and then add). Add coconut milk and give a stir.
Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe - Step3
4.Add water and once it starts to boil, close and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once pressure releases, fluff it with a fork and give a quick stir without breaking the rice.
Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe - Step4
This biriyani is flavourful and easy to put it together for parties too. With the ease of getting coconut milk powder, now even making coconut milk is a breeze :)

Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe
My Notes:
  • You can make it plain coconut milk biriyani too skipping peas. Or use the same recipe for making vegetable biriyani.
  • The orginal recipe called for 3 red chillies and 4 green chillies I reduced it adjusting to our spice level. You can + or - as per your preferred spice level.
  • I usually use the ratio of rice : water as 1:1.5 cups but you can use 2 cups too if you want your rice to be slightly moist.
  • You can also add sweet corn which pairs well with peas.
  • As I've mentioned I used coconut milk powder, you can even use fresh thick(first) coconut milk.
Coconut Milk Peas Biriyani Recipe

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