Not Biryani, It's Called Pulao


Many people in this world don't know the exact difference between Biryani and Pulao. They think, and so to say even you think Biryani and Pulao are same but no it is not. This article is going to help you identify the type of rice so that next time you can correct someone who thinks they are eating this flavoured rice. 

1. Ingredients -  You can prepare Pulao using any rice but not biryani. Basmati or Biryani rice is always used in preparing biryani because rice shouldn't be sticky. Pulao, however, can be prepared with any rice and doesn't have restrictions. One more observation is that the authentic Biryani doesn't have Bay Leaf, however, Pulao should and must have the bay leaf for the flavouring. 

2. Cooking Method - Cooking methods of Biryani and Pulao are really different. Biryani is usually cooked in 3 different steps like cooking rice and meat/vegetable separately, mixing it and giving dum.  Pulao, on the other hand, doesn't have many methods, rice and meat/ vegetables are cooked together with spices and the even dum step is skipped. In Pulao, onion is ground and cooked with the rice however in biryani, onions are fried and added on top of it.

3. Texture & Colour - Biryani rice looks darker than Pulao, I mean Biryani is dark brownish colour, were as Pulao is little lighter in colour. Biryani rice is non-sticky and Pulao is also non-sticky but not so much dry as Biryani. 

4. Taste & Aroma - Biryani tastes little heavy with masala. I mean the spices are strong and it hits your tongue, however, Pulao has a mild taste and aroma is heavier. In the biryani, the cooked meat doesn't take that great and tender compared to the pulao meat because Pulao meat is cooked with the rice, the meat gains more taste and becomes tender.

So here is a list of Biryani's and Pulao's names you have always messed up.



Hyderbadi Biryani

Andhra Pulao

Ambur Biryani

Lucknowi Pulao

Thalassery Biriyani

Hanumanthu Pulao

Bhatkali Biryani

Gundu Pulao/ Donne Pulao

Sindhi Biryani

Dindigul Pulao

Kolkata Biryani

Kashmiri Pulao

Note: Andhra Biryani is not actually Biryani, it is Pulao. Also, Donne Biryani or Dindigul Biryani are Pulao. Next time if anyone calls them biryani, kiss them with knowledge or kick them with ignorance.

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