Seeraga Samba Biryani with Brinjal Thokku

Indian Biryani & Italian Risotto share some similarities: Seeraga samba rice & arborio rice have been cooked al dente in both recipes and have the same consistency.

Seeraga samba rice is a quintessential ingredient of biryani in south India as it has a wonderful flavor, it does not gather into thick lumps and most importantly it absorbs the flavors of masala.

Biryani served in Dindigul Thalapakatti Restaurant in Chennai is my son’s favorite dish. So I tried to reproduce the same in my kitchen and he complemented that I nailed it successfully! Please find below the same recipe along with the recipe for brinjal gravy (kathrikai thokku) that usually served as a side for biryani in restaurants.

I recommend you to prepare any biryani 2 or 3 hours before serving (and keep it warm in a hot casserole) so that the masala is fully absorbed by rice and you can savor biryani heartily. 

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First let us get into the recipe for restaurant style Seeraga Samba Vegetable Biryani:

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Time taken: 40 min

Serves : 4

Ingredients:

  1. Seeraga Samba Rice – 2 cups (400 g)
  2. Soy chunks – 1 cup
  3. Water – 4 cups (800 ml)
  4. Vegetable Oil – 1/2 cup (100 ml)
  5. Bay leaf – 1 No.
  6. Star Aniseed – 1 No.
  7. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  8. Lemon – 1/2
  9. Curd (yoghurt) – 1/3 cup
  10. Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tsp
  11.  Salt – 2 tsp

Vegetables: 

  1. Carrot (large) – 2 Nos
  2. Beans – 15-20 Nos.
  3. Potato  – 2 Nos
  4. Fresh peas – 1/2 cup (100 g)

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For Grinding:

  1. Green chillies – 6 Nos
  2. Shallots  – 30 Nos.
  3. Ginger – 2 inch length
  4. Garlic – 15 pods
  5. Cloves (krambu) – 6 Nos.
  6. Cardamom (yelam) – 2 Nos
  7. Cinnamon (pattai) – 2 Nos (each 2 inch)
  8. Nutmeg (jadhikai) – cut into a small piece
  9. Mint leaves – a handful
  10. Salt – 1/8 tsp (a pinch) to avoid blackening

Mise en place:

  • Wash rice & soak in 800 ml of water along with soy chunks.
  • Wash vegetables & chop them into small cubes.
  • Grind all ingredients “For Grinding” into a smooth paste and keep aside; if you like biryani darker as served in restaurant, leave salt while grinding.

Cooking Method:

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom pressure cooker, add  bay leaf & aniseed.
  • Add all vegetables and saute in medium flame.
  • Add ground masala and saute till oil separates.
  • Add red chilli powder & stir fry for 30 sec.
  • Add soy chunks after squeezing the water.
  • Add curd and saute in low flame.
  • Add rice soaking water & salt and bring to a boil.
  • Add lemon juice, soaked rice & remaining salt and mix them well.
  • Close the pressure cooker and simmer for 10 min.
  • When pressure releases add 1 tsp ghee and leave it to settle for 3-5 minutes.
  • Gently mix rice & vegetables with wooden spatula.
  • Serve seeraga samba vegetable biryani with kathrikai thokku & onion raitha.

Now the recipe for Kathrikai Thokku:

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Time Taken: 20 min

Ingredients:

  1. Sunflower oil – 2 tbsp
  2. Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
  3. Onion – 1 No.
  4. Garlic – 5 pods
  5. Brinjal – 2 Nos.
  6. Tomato – 1 No.
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  9. Thick juice extracted from amla sized tamarind – 1/4 cup
  10. Salt – 3/4 tsp

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Cooking Method:

  • Chop brinjal, onion & garlic finely and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add fennel seeds.
  • Add onion & garlic and saute till they become translucent.
  • Add turmeric & red chilli powders and stir fry for 30 sec.
  • Add chopped brinjal, tomato and salt and saute till they become mushy.
  • Add tamarind juice and bring to a boil.
  • Mash the mixture with masher.
  • Add water to reach the required consistency and bring to a final boil.
  • Serve kathrikai thokku as a side for biryani.
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48 Comments Add yours

  1. Sofia says:

    I think I would love this. I also love the presentation in the photos

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Biryani is my all time favourite. Next time will make using your recipe. Looks great 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Glad to know that! Thank you!

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  3. Yummy dish with excellent photographs. Thanks for sharing

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  4. That’s a lot of work to make this. 😉

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    1. Megala says:

      Just got used to it! Thank you!

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  5. Yum! Looks delicious!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, and thanks for visiting my blog!

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  6. Ultimately Vegetarian & delicious

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is! Thank you!

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  7. Too good Megala 👌

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  8. Look delicious! Love the photos – the colours are great and it makes it so easy to follow! 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad that you like my pictorial illustration.

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  9. Your step by step illustration with the pictures is really good!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Radhika!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Oh what a delicious combo! Looks really yummy!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Latha!

      Like

  11. Awesome recipe…very nice presentation..will surely try this..

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for your complement!

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  12. da AL says:

    wow – interesting – you have opened my eyes & taste buds with idea of Italian food being similar 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, there are many other dishes also in Indian & Italian cuisines share such similarities !

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      1. da AL says:

        that would be an interesting post 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you! Thanks for stopping by!!

      Like

  13. flavours2017 says:

    Yummy ——- 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you! Thanks for following my blog!

      Like

  14. It all looks super yummy! slurp!

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  15. Lavs Raj says:

    Woww… mouth watering Megala… i love this combination.. looks yummy!! 😀 thanks for sharing..

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  16. Megala says:

    Yes, it is! Thank you!!

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  17. wonderful combination

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  18. Looks so delicious! I love meals full of colorful veggies!!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, me too!!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. InspiresN says:

    The biryani and brinjal both look delicious !!

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