Biryani is not Pulao

Know the difference between Biryani and Pulao:

Don’t get confused between a pulao and a Biryani.
Many restaurants and Dhabas serve pulao in the name of biryani and people love to enjoy them.  If you also come into this category then you are missing out on the authentic taste of the rice dishes.  Let us make this concept very clear to you.

One thing every foodie needs to keep in mind is that biryani and pulao is not the same thing. Yes, I agree that they look similar but it doesn’t mean that biryani and pulao are the same categories of rice dishes.

Biryani is a dish which was invented by the Mughals, that’s why Lucknow and Hyderabad are the two major cities which are known for their authentic taste of Biryani. The variety of Biryani differs slightly in different regions.

The origin of Pulao happened in Turkey. Undoubtedly, it is also one of the famous rice dishes in India. Pulao is primarily made with Basmati Rice.

Preparation of rice:
Biryani is prepared using a technique in which rice is drained off completely and dried, thereby layering it. This basically means that the rice is pre-boiled in water, then drained, dried and used to layer up.

Pulao is made through the absorption method. Rice and vegetables are soaked in water. This helps in cooking the rice and vegetables.

Biryani is always cooked in a very low flame for a long duration of time. The utensil in which biryani is cooked is always sealed to preserve the aroma of the dish.

Pulao is generally cooked over a medium flame. This helps the rice and vegetables to absorb water quickly.

Spices: We all love biryani because of its spicy taste, fragrant rice and delicate meat.
Biryanis are completely filled with fragrant flavours, starting from cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms to saffron.

Pulao is cooked with light spices. Its main ingredients are vegetables or meat.

Layering: Layering belongs to biryani only, there is no layering in pulao.
Biryani is always cooked in layers, one layer is dedicated to meat and there is another layer of fried onions and vegetables. The ingredients are half cooked separately and then layered up.

In pulao, firstly the meat and veggies are sautéed together and then mixed with rice and water.

So guys! After knowing these facts will you be able to identify that the dish which is being served in front of you is a Biryani or a Pulao?
Know the difference and have your own plate of Biryani. If you don’t know the difference, you are actually being cheated out of enjoying Biryani as this is meant to be.


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