Mixed Sprouts Biryani

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This version is fresh and aromatic with the addition of a million herbs and scallions. The topped nuts are a surprisingly tantalizing addition to biryani rice! You can top with some fried onions if you’d like it to be an entree. Or simply serve in addition to a bigger with any curry or yogurt dip of choice. Or just be like “It’s rice for dinner/breakfast/elevensies!” and eat the whole darn thing.

Health benefits:

Bean sprouts give you an easy way to boost the nutrients in your diet. They quickly increase the amount of protein, B vitamins and vitamin C.

Serves: 2-3
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40-45 minutes


For rice:

  • Brown rice/basmati rice-1cup
  • Cardamom-2
  • Clove-2
  • Salt- 1/2tsp
  • Oil-2tsp

For biryani gravy:

  • Cooked Mixed sprouts-1 ½-2cups
  • Sliced onion-2medium
  • Whisked yogurt-1/2cup
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Fennel seeds-1/2tsp
  • Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek-1tsp
  • Cinnamon-1 inch stick
  • Clove-3-4
  • Cardamom-2
  • Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
  • Chilli powder-1tsp
  • Coriander powder-1tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-1tbsp

For biryani paste:

  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Chopped tomato-1
  • Green chillies-2 (slit)
  • Minced ginger-1tsp
  • Minced garlic-3cloves
  • Mint leaves- a handful

For assembling:

  • Roasted nuts (Cashews, almonds, pistachio)
  • A generous pinch of saffron strands soaked in 2-3tbsp of milk
  • Chopped coriander


  • Wash and rinse rice in running water and soak for 30minutes. After soaking time drain and set aside.
  • Now heat 4-5cups of water in a big sauce pan, add in salt, clove, cardamom, drained rice and until 3/4th (I used brown rice so it took nearly 18-20minutes but if using basmati rice it just takes 10-12 minutes)
  • Meanwhile combine all the ingredients for the biryani paste mentioned in the processor/blender with little and grind until smooth paste is formed and set aside.
  • Now heat oil in a cooker add in bay leaf, clove, cardamom, fennel seeds, kasuri methi and saute until they leaves nice aroma (approx. 40seconds-1minute)
  • Add onion, slit chillies and saute for a minute or two.
  • Add ground biryani paste and saute for 3-4minutes.
  • Add turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, mixed cooked sprouts, salt for seasoning mix well and add 1/2cup water, whisked yogurt and cook until blended well.
  • Once the gravy is cooked if you feel layering is a tedious process simple toss in the rice, soaked saffron strands to the gravy and cook until heated through and blends well in the gravy.
  • Turn off the flame and garnish with nuts ,coriander and serve

Or for Assembling biryani:

  • Once the gravy is cooked turn off the flame and shift half of the biryani gravy to a bowl.
  • First layer-let the remaining half in the cooker and spread even to form the bottom layer.
  • Second half- spread half of the cooked rice and top with coriander, nuts.
  • Third layer- spread remaining half of biryani gravy from bowl.
  • Fourth layer- finally spread remaining rice as the top layer.
  • And garnish with roasted nuts, coriander, soaked saffron strands with milk.
  • Close the lid and cook for 20-25 minutes on a low flame (make sure not to rise the flame as it may burn the biryani)
  • And once cooked turn off the flame and let it sit for 5minutes before opening the lid.
  • Mix well, garnish with fried onions or nuts

Served with Mooli/Radish Raita.

Mooli raita


  • Spices can be personalised as per the taste I used green moong beans, brown lentils, Vaal beans for sprouting- feel free to use any combination of sprouts

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on February 19, 2015, in Indian, Main dish. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  2. Looks lovely Chitra!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mixed spouts in buriyani new and healthy

    Liked by 1 person

  4. That’s true, bean beans is an easy way to boost the nutrients in our diet.


  5. Healthy nd wholesome meal

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Oh I love Biriany, and the radish raita is going with this so well. looks delicious! Thanks will try out this soon.


  7. A healthy and tasty way to add the goodness of sprouts in our diet! Love this addition, Chitra!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sandhya Hariharan

    Such a healthy inclusion to a delicious biryani.


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