Street Food - Biryani

May 30, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Street Food - Biryani

Also Known As:
Biryani, Beryani, Biriani, Beriani, Nasi Biryani, Biryani Chicken, Chicken Biryani, Biryani Fish, Fish Biryani, Biryani Mutton, Mutton Biryani, Dum Biryani

Average Price Per Serving:
SGD $3 - $10

Biryani is a highly seasoned South Indian rice dish that is flavoured with many spices, and cooked in a large sealed metal pot. This gives it a fragrant aroma, a light, fluffy texture, and a complex taste from the spices.

Biryani is often served with either Mutton, Chicken, Fried Fish, Prawns, a hard-boiled Egg, or Vegetables.

Traditionally, the rice used in Biryani is Basmati rice, a long grain rice that has a unique pandan-like aroma. Before cooking, the Basmati rice will need to be dried thoroughly, to enable it to better absorb the spices used in Biryani.

When cooked, the rice should not clump together, instead, each grain should separate from the rest easily.

The basic spices used to prepare Biryani include clarified butter (Ghee), grated nutmeg, powdered mace, powdered turmeric, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, powdered coriander, mint leaves, ginger, cumin, onions, and garlic.

Other ingredients and spices may also be added to enhance the taste, this includes chili, saffron, lemon juice, star anise, fennel seeds, raisins, cashew nuts, tomatoes and more.

There are 2 schools of thought when preparing Biryani. One side of the argument says that the rice and spices should be cooked together with the meat, while the other side says that the rice and spices should be cooked separately from the meat, then layered together and baked.

Due to increasing competition today, some hawkers have resorted to using cheaper grades of rice, and flavouring it with Garam Masala instead of the traditional spices.

This usually results in a less fragrant rice, with a mushier texture.

Biryani is served with the meat buried within the rice, and is usually accompanied by sides of yoghurt, chutney, a salad, or curry.


The word 'Biryani' is often mispronounced. The correct pronunciation is 'Ber-yani'.

Personally, I prefer mutton to be served with my Biryani, rather than chicken or fish.

These are the top 3 stalls which I feel serve the best Biryani in Singapore.


Bismillah Biryani
@ 50 Dunlop Street
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 3pm, 5.30pm - 10pm Closed Tue


Geylang Briyani Stall A.K.A. Hamid's Briyani
@ 1 Geylang Serai #02-146
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Daily


@ 258 Jalan Kayu
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily


Honourable Mention

Allauddin's Briyani
@ Tekka Centre 665 Buffalo Road #01-297
Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm Daily



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