Biryani is single pot rice dish made from premium basmati rice. Both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian form of Biryani can be prepared to serve as per food habit of people. Non-vegetarian biryani contains chicken / mutton / egg and vegetarian biryani contains vegetables of choice; along with basmati rice and Indian spices to give the real flavor.
Biryani is a complete dish in itself and is quite juicy to have. At few places, it is served with curd salan or mirchi salan. A number of taste and preparation variations are possible for biryani and these variations are commonly available in different restaurants. Few cities in India like Hyderabad and Lucknow are known for their special tasty biryani named after these cities (e.g., Hyderabadi Biryani and Lucknowi Biryani), and this specialty dish is available at almost every restaurant in both these cities. Biryani is not only common and favorite dish for people residing in these cities but even the visitors to these cities make sure to enjoy this specialty, whenever in the town.
Biryani is not so easily available at restaurants in majority of other Indian cities or towns. At the same time making biryani at home is challenging because of long and time-consuming method of preparation for biryani, and one also needs expertise to prepare delicious biryani at home. It is therefore a difficult for Indians residing in other cities / towns to relish this dish.
Number of ready to eat or ready spice mixes (biryani masalas) have been introduced in the market to help customers prepare biryani at home. Both these preparations have their advantages as well as disadvantages:
– Ready to eat foods are very handy preparations but are generally perceived as stale foods and even their taste is far from original / real taste of foods.
– Ready Biryani masala definitely is a solution to lack of cooking expertise and can help to ensure taste biryani preparation at home but does not provide quick and easy method of preparation. One also needs many other ingredients for addition in biryani while using the ready biryani masala
Out of the above two option available, ready biryani masala is more preferred in India to prepare tasty and fresh biryani at home. Third choice for easy preparation of tasty biryani at home, which has recently been introduced in the market, is ready to cook biryani preparations. These ready to cook food products have instant, one-step method of preparation and they contain dehydrated fresh ingredients packaged as ready-mix. The simple method of preparation and on-time cooking of ready to cook foods gives the consumer a satisfaction of preparing fresh dish instantly.
One of the Ready to cook biryani preparation available in market is Actchawa Daal Biryani, which is a delicious and nutritious variation of vegetarian biryani (containing uncooked basmati Rice, uncooked dehydrated vegetables and Indian spices) and powdered daal. The product has a very simple one-step method of preparation and contains no added color or preservative. One has to just add water and boil it for 12 minutes to prepare the rich and tasty daal biryani. The preparation overcomes all the challenges like stale biryani preparation, time-consuming method of preparation or too much work / arrangement required in preparing biryani at home.