Thursday, May 17, 2012

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

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. The last click explains how yummy the biriyani was:-)

  2. I have never tried biryani with coconut milk, sounds yum and perfect one pot meal

  3. I love the addition of coconut milk to one pot meals. So flavorsome. Tickling Palates
    Event : Fruit Recipes

  4. recently i too made coconut milk biryani with chickpeas...loved your ground masalas,sounds very flavorful n yummy biryani...
    Spicy Treats

  5. The biryani looks very yummy Sharmilee. My mouth is watering :)

  6. Flavourfull the clicks as usual.

  7. I love mint flavor in my biryani too-never tried with coconut milk.I love the ease of ready to make coconut milk powders too-makes cooking with it a breeze!

  8. I'm gonna love this... I've recently started appreciating the coconut milk flavour... N peas pulao is my favourite one pot meal.

  9. Looks super yumm, i am going to make this once when i make a kebab or some other grilled meat,

  10. With Mint flavor,coconut taste I can predict, it gives an awesome taste. I have already book marked your way of preparing pulao. now this is added to the list.

  11. Luv one pot meals ..... totally agree with u that these dishes are much easy than regular meals and everyone enjoys it too. I luv these for lunch boxes.

  12. Delicious puloa. coconut milk will make it rich and tasty.

  13. Love using coconut milk in biryanis...very yummy...As u said I too feel that its easy to make one pot meal than regular meals..Loved the recipe and clicks..

  14. Yummy looking biriyani..the last pic. says it all :))

  15. I love coconut milk in briyanis,but now am skipping them with curds or buttermilk, briyani looks super tempting and flavourful.

  16. I like the coconut milk in biryani that gives such a nice rich taste. Lovely peas biryani!

  17. Looks yum .....nice recipe

  18. Flavorful and delicious looking biriyani.....

  19. Flavorful n delicious pulao...

  20. Drooling here.... Want it for lunch....

  21. Wow...yummy one pot meal....looks absolutely yummy.

  22. Simple and delicious pulav...

  23. Hi Sharmi ,

    You are always busy with blog???

    Good thing...

    Your step by step presentation explained that

    you are Technically experienced...

    Keep it up Sharmi...

  24. So delicious. And the coconut milk is the key ingredient to a different tasting dish. Lovely.

  25. Loved the ings that go into the paste..Sure to be a hit..Must try!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  26. I do prepare almost the same way...Def an awesome and delicious recipe... :)

  27. i will try this ....looks delicious

  28. Rich and delicious,love the flavor.

  29. I prepared this today and it came out really well. so easy and nice. thanks alot :)

  30. Admire ur patience with step by steps! Lovely clicks as usual.

  31. yummy biryani, looks so so tempting

  32. Rich and yummy biryani. Its sure a tempting dish :)

  33. hi sharmi
    i tried this recipe today,it was a hit..thanks :)

  34. Did this today for lunch..Turned out tasty! thanks for the recipe!

  35. Hi Sharmi,
    I tried the recipe today for lunch. It was yummy.thanks :)

  36. I tried this biriyani and it came out yum yum yummy. But some of the rice at the bottom of the pressure cooker got burnt. Is it due to the coconut milk. Can you suggest what i can do to avoid it. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I haven't found any issues like you say.....not sure of the reason, may be if you reduce oil or cook in high flame it might get burnt...


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