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Is Biryani Supposed To Be Spicy?

By Bill Kalkumnerd • Updated: 06/12/22 • 6 min read
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A biryani may sound strange to someone who is not from southern Asia or its environs, but it is one of the most popular delicacies in those regions. It’s a rice dish layered with beef, lamb, or chicken and flavored with aromatic spices, which contribute to its great taste. However, is biryani supposed to be spicy?

Traditional biryani isn’t supposed to be spicy. It’s a rice dish that needs patience, care and just a little spice to make. To achieve the authentic biryani flavor, you have to get the ratio of rice to other ingredients, spices, and meats right. There are however some biryanis that are spicy, such as Bhatkali and Hyderabadi biryani.

The dish gets its sweet flavor and aroma from the spices used in its preparation. But can biryani be spicy and still taste great? This article will tell you everything you need to know about the spiciness of Biryani Indian cuisine and how to enjoy it. Read through this article for details.

The Reason Traditional Biryanis Shouldn’t Be Spicy

Traditional biryanis aren’t supposed to be spicy because spices are added to biryanis to make them sweeter and smell better. It is a savory dish made from fried rice mixed with meats, vegetables, and other Indian flavors and spices.But when excessive spices, such as chili, are added, the original Biryani flavors diminish and they become too spicy.

In preparing your biryani, you must consider the added spice, as it should not be as spicy as wasabi (a spicy condiment of sushi). The rice should be cooked in the beef/chicken stock to get a moist biryani. In fact, with its mildly spicy flavor, biryani is best served warm rather than hot.

How to Make Moderately Spicy Biryani

Spicy and peppery food enthusiasts would prefer a hot, spicy biryani to a moderately spicy. How can you prepare your biryani with the right balance of ingredients to give it its distinct flavor but with an added kick of spice?

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Step 1 – Use the Right Spices

Do not use whole spices in your biryani. Whole spices like black pepper and cinnamon give the biryani a spicier flavor.

Step 2 – Use the Right Amount of Spice

Using the right amount of spice is important in making a moderately spicy Biryani. You should note that spice added is totally down to preference and should be added to taste.

Types of Spicy Biryani

There are so many varieties of biryani that each is named according to its region, with the biryani from India being the most popular. For this article, we’ll look at some of the Indian biryanis, as there are over 15 different types.

Akhni Biryani of Parbhani:

This popular Parbhani biryani is made with small cubes of mutton (lamb meat). The meat is seasoned with ginger, garlic, garam masala, chili, fried onion, curd, and other ingredients.

After that, the mutton is marinated and cooked with short-grain rice. It is then left on a dum, or low fire, to add fragrance and flavor.

Bhatkali Biryani:

Bhatkali biryani is famous in Bhatkal, Karnataka. The meat is cooked in a masala based on green chilies with mashed onions and layered with spicy rice. This biryani has a distinct spicy and flavored taste; no oil is used in its preparation.

Chettinad Biryani:

Chettinad Biryani is a well-known dish in Tamil Nadu. This biryani is made from jeeraka samba rice and spicy goat meat, which gives it the spicy scent. It is usually garnished with fresh curry leaves and fried onions.

Hyderabadi Biryani:

This is one of the most flavorful and spicy biryanis. It is made with basmati rice, chevon (goat meat) or chicken, and added spices.

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To give the meat its aromatic flavor, it is usually marinated and cooked alongside the rice on a dum or over a low fire. The Hyderabadi Biryani is famous in South Asia.

Kalyani Biryani:

This biryani consists of buffalo meat seasoned with ginger, coriander powder, red chili, and onion. The meat is cooked separately as a sauce before being cooked with the rice on a dum. It is a famous dish in Hyderabad, Deccan.

Toning Down On Spicy Biryani

Humans are not perfect, and we all make mistakes at some point. If you make or buy a biryani that is too spicy for you, you can always tone down the spice by adding dairy milk, cream, or butter.

You can also add acid, but it must be combined with cream and/or vegetable oil to effectively reduce the spice.

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Is Spicy Biryani Any Different From Pulao?

Pulao, like Biryani, is a mixed rice dish in India that some confuse with the latter, but it is more of a side dish than a main course. Here are some distinctions between the two.

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• Biryani has two layers of rice with a layer of meat and vegetables in the center.• Biryani has a more robust, spicy flavor.• The meat (if any vegetables) and rice are cooked separately before being combined, layered, and cooked.• Pulao is not layered as the meat and rice are not mixed.• The flavor of pulao is milder.• The meat (if any vegetables) and rice are cooked separately and not mixed.

What Is the Origin of Biryani?

Biryani is a Persian word that means fried, roasted, or grilled. The meal is prepared by spicing up rice with fried or grilled ingredients.

The precise origin of Biryani is unknown, but speculation points to south India, the Mughals, and Iran. It is more popular among Muslims in the areas where it is said to have originated.

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The speculation around its origin brought about different types and versions of biryani being prepared in southern Asia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There a Specific Type of Rice for Biryani?

The type of rice used in each region’s Biryani varies. Each region uses a unique variety of rice to prepare biryani, including khyma rice, basmati rice, and jeeraka samba rice.

Why Is Biryani So Popular?

Biryani’s popularity stems from its rich flavor. It is a meal for all ages and can be eaten at any time of day.

Is Biryani Healthy Or Unhealthy?

The spices in biryani (turmeric, ginger, garlic, etc.) serve as antioxidants for your internal organs, making it a very healthy dish.

Final Thoughts

Biryani isn’t hot and peppery like chili. Instead, it’s moderate and mild, giving your mouth the taste and flavor it needs to enjoy the meal. Biryani is a popular dish in India, particularly during festivals and weddings; therefore, you should try Biryani today. You are sure to enjoy it!

Bill Kalkumnerd

I am Bill, I am the Owner of HappySpicyHour, a website devoted to spicy food lovers like me. Ramen and Som-tum (Papaya Salad) are two of my favorite spicy dishes. Spicy food is more than a passion for me - it's my life! For more information about this site Click

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