So you have heard of Biryani and you have heard of Sambhar. You might have had them together as well. But have you cooked them together? Here is an interesting non-spicy fun dish to cook and eat.

Hyderabadi Biryani, an Indian meat and rice dish.


  • Ahem, let me see… basmati rice? yeah 250gms (for 4 people)
  • 50gms Lentils, preferably tur daal (can also use chana dal or moong dal)
  • Cut veggies, preferably tomatoes, onions, carrots, gourd and 1 cut drum stick. But you can even add peas, french beans, cabbage, cauliflower etc.
  • 1/2 bowl of Sambhar masala, curry leaves & coriander leaves, 1/2 teaspoon asaphoetida, 1/2 teaspoon jeera
  • 1 table spoon of freshly prepared tamarind chutney (can use ready made paste or even tomato sauce is unavailable)
  • Oil, Green chillies or red chilli powder, salt and sugar to taste.


  • Boil rice and lentils in separate containers. If boiling in pressure cooker, boil them till it whistles 5-6 times
  • While that happens, heat 2 tablespoon oil in a frying pan.
  • Add jeera, green chillies and curry leaves to it (if you are using red chilli powder, dont add it now)
  • Cook for a minute and then add cut onions to the mix.
  • Cook the onions till they turn light brown
  • Now add all other vegetables except tomatoes. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on a mid flame.
  • By now, your rice and lentils would be cooked in the pressure cooker. Remove only the lentils out, add little water and mix them to form a good paste.
  • Add the mixed lentils paste to the already cooked vegetables along with tomatoes, sambhar masala and the tamarind paste.
  • Stir the mixture well. Add little water if required. Also add salt and sugar to taste.
  • Break the lumps of rice so it is easier to mix it. Now add it to the cooked mixture of lentils and vegetables.
  • Serve hot!

Tip: Serve the Sambharyani with a pudina chutney. You can also use curd-cucumber salad for taste.


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