Monday, April 8, 2013

Small Potato Biryani | Baby Potato Recipes

Small Potato Biryani
I have tried this small potato biryani quite a few times now that I modified the recipe to suit our taste. Biryani always takes a special place in our menu either at home or in restaurants and sundays are always meant for making biryanis...lazing around and having a late mild breakfast and waiting to feast on the royal biryani....Is that your routine too? :)
Small Potato Biryani Recipe
I am sure you will fall for this biryani with its unique flavour and taste. What are you waiting for? Get ready with the ingredients :)
Small Potato Biryani Recipe

Small Potato Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 25 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Lunch | Recipe Cuisine: South indian

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Onion - 2 medium sized chopped lengthwise
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Tomato puree - from 2 big tomatoes
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1.5 cups
Salt - to taste
Oil - to toast/deep frytaste

To grind :

Coriander seeds -1 tsp
Red Chillies - 2
Coriander leaves - 3/4 cup loosely packed
Coconut - 3 tbsp
Green Chillies - 2

For the marinade:

Small Potatoes - 12 (I halved it) or Normal Potatoes - 3/4 cup chopped
Thick Curd - 3 tbsp
Rice flour - 1.5 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil + Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Cardamom - 1
Bayleaf - 1/2


  1. Dry roast red chillies and coriander seeds till golden brown , then grind it along with other ingredients listed under 'to grind' to a fine paste with little water.Set aside.Soak basmati rice for 15-20mins.
    How to make small potato biryani - Step1
  2. Chop the potatoes into half(mine was little big do halved it), prick holes with a toothpick and add it along with the ingredients listed under 'for the marinade' and marinate for 15mins. Then deep fry / toast them till golden brown, set aside. Fry 1 onion chopped lengthwise to golden brown.Set aside.
    How to make small potato biryani - Step2
  3. Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker - add the items under 'to temper' then add onion, ginger garlic paste and fry till slightly browned then add tomato puree and cook till raw smell leaves.
    How to make small potato biryani - Step3
  4. Then add the coriander paste along with garam masala powder, saute for few mins till raw smell leaves then add roasted/fried potatoes and give a quick stir.Add required salt.
    How to make small potato biryani - Step4
  5. Add the presoaked rice, then water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.Once pressure releases fluff it up with a fork.
    How to make  small potato biryani - Step5
While serving garnish with fried onions and serve it onion raita / cucumber raita.
Small Potato Biryani

My Notes:

  • Make sure to prick holes so that the masala marinade gets inside the baby potatoes but be careful prick gently.
  • My small potatoes were like mini atom bombs ;) so I halved them. If you have smaller ones just use them as such
  • This is little spicy so adjust green chillies and red chillies according to your spice level.
  • You can use normal potatoes chopped into cubes too.
Small Potato Biryani Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. such delight post :)lovely sharmi !

  2. lovely and yummy aloo biryani! love the second pic, with rice grains apart!!

  3. Wat a droolworthy briyani, seriously inviting.

  4. such a lipsmacking biriyani... bookmarked!!!!

  5. Too delicious biryani!! Perfect for a party!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. Biryani looks so tempting! Lovely clicks! Drooling over here! Do visit/follow my blog at-

  7. tempting biryani. I have clicked step wise but couldnt make final pic. Waiting for my next visit to Indian shop to buy this small potatoes. Love to have some now

  8. Nice stepwise procedure for making biryani..Love it..

  9. Is it ok to use the normal potatoes instead of baby potatoes? If so then what would be the quantity? Please reply. Thank you :)

  10. love the fried onions in the rice. looks great!

  11. Delicious biryani, its in my try list :) looks so yummy..

  12. My favorite and my family favorite too. Love it a lot anytime.

  13. Lovely clicks. It is there in my to-do list. Like the fried onion over the biryani...

  14. super tempting biryani..lovely clicks..

  15. I will try this recipe as it is my husband favourite...
    Tried many version of Biryani..but never got recipe called 'THE BEST ONE'
    will try this version today evening..n let you the result,..:)

    Happy Blogging

  16. super biryani... Thank you providing images too.. shall i know about same recipes available in tamil language.. better for easy understand only

  17. I wanted to try a new version of briyani.. I did this one today.. it came out very well.. I think we can even use this recipe as potato gravy for rotis or for any pulao.. thanks for posting a new version of briyani

  18. Hi Sharmi,

    When do u add salt to the briyani? and approx how much should we add ?..

    1. Check step4...its tough to give measures for salt.

  19. Should we parboil the potato and then marinate

    1. There is no need to parboil, pressure cooking is enough to cook the potatoes

  20. Hi,
    I tries this briyani n its was awsome.. Tasted very much like a restuarant style biriyani. My family loved it so much.. I cant believe tht it was over for the lunch it self coz every time if we hav biriyani for lunch it ll remain for dinner too.. But this was over. I was happy to see the empty vessel.. :D

  21. Hello Sharmi,

    I wanted to know if 1 cup of rice equals 240 ml and how much water is to be added per cup of rice.


    1. My 1 cup measures 250 ml and I used 1 and 1/2 cups for my 1 cup of rice.....

  22. Good recipe. Considering that I'm a novice cook the biryani turned out be pretty decent.

  23. Sharmi, in ingredients u have given as 12 potatoes we need to boil?

    1. Oh thats a typo...I updated it now.It is raw potatoes only


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