Forget boiling eggs and cooking rice separately when making egg biryani. With my one-pot egg biryani recipe, you can cook hardboiled eggs AND biryani rice in your instant pot all at the exact same time!
This one-pot egg biryani is so easy to make! You can cook the eggs and the rice together in your instant pot and the two turn out perfectly cooked: bright yellow yolks and separate grains of rice. Not only is this dish easy to make and budget-friendly, it’s absolutely delicious!
I am all about making one-pot biryanis because they are just so easy to make AND they taste just as good as biryani made the time-consuming way (cooking everything half-way then layering it together, then cooking it again). If you have an electric pressure cooker like the instant pot, then biryani suddenly becomes so much more accessible. It doesn’t have to be a “special occasion dish” because it’s easy enough to make on a weeknight.
I think biryani is my favorite type of Indian dish because there are just so many varieties and so many different ways to make this dish. I have several biryani recipes already on my blog, but so many of you recently pointed out that I don’t have a vegetarian biryani! Well not only did I make this tasty egg biryani but I have an all veggie biryani coming to the blog soon as well! Hopefully later this week – I just need to test it one more time. Just so you know, I always test my recipes multiple times to make sure they turn out well and I also often ask friends/family/blog readers to test my recipes before they appear here on the blog or in my books as well – so if you make one of my recipes, you can bet they are tried and tested. 🙂
I have to tell you that I like this egg biryani just as much as my other meat-based biryani recipes. It is SO flavorful and delicious.
You know how Pizza Fridays are a thing? Well I’m switching things up at our house and we’re now doing Biryani Fridays. We are observing Lent right now, so now I’ve got three biryani options for Fridays: shrimp biryani, vegetable biryani and this egg biryani. I think I need to share a fish biryani recipe too!
I can’t wait to hear what y’all think of this egg biryani recipe. I’m so proud of it! I hope you love it a lot!
This flavorful egg biryani is absolutely delicious and easy to make: you can cook the eggs and rice together all in one pot!
- 1 cup basmati rice, soaked 15 minutes (highly recommend this brand)
- 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
- 5 cardamom pods
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 bay leaf
- ½ cinnamon stick
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne, adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 cup water
- 6 eggs
- Cilantro leaves, chopped
- Mint leaves, chopped
- Ghee coated cashews and raisins, optional*
- Soak the basmati rice in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
- Press the sauté button and add the oil to the pot. Allow it a minute to heat up, then add the whole spices and stir. Once the cumin seeds brown, add the onions. Stir-fry for 5-7 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown.
- Add the garlic, ginger, ground spices and stir, then add the tomato and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until it softens a bit.
- Add rice and water to the pot, then place a steamer basket into the pot (on top of the rice). Place the eggs in the steamer basket.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
- Quick release pressure.
- Remove the steamer basket and the eggs from the pot. Place the eggs into a bowl of ice cold water for 5 minutes. Peel the eggs.
- Optional step: at this point, you can fry the eggs in a pan on the stovetop to give the eggs a bit more flavor and color. To do this, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan, add the eggs and sprinkle a pinch of paprika, cayenne, turmeric and salt on the eggs.
- Place the peeled eggs back into the cooked rice and mix well. Garnish with cilantro, mint and ghee-coated cashews and raisins if using.
- To make the optional ghee-coated cashews and raisins, melt 2 tablespoons of ghee in a pan over low-medium heat on the stovetop. Add ⅓ cup of halved cashews and 2 tablespoons of golden raisins to the pan and stir-fry until the cashews begin to turn golden.
- You can also scramble an egg and add it to the rice for more protein/egg flavor if you’d like! I would do this in a separate pan and then add it to the rice at the end.
- Most Indians grow up knowing to eat around the whole spices once a dish is served, however if you or your guests are not used to this, you can remove them prior to serving.
- I absolutely love this brand of basmati rice – it is very different (in my opinion) than other brands of basmati rice.