A warming rice dish, traditionally cooked in layers of basmati rice and marinated chicken in classic Biryani spices. I’ve taken influence from both sides of the family for this one, but what they agree on is having some cooling raita alongside for a different temperature and texture to help balance out the dish.

Cook our delicious Bombay Biryani in just Minutes

We’ve sourced and blended all of the unique flavour ingredients to make our authentic Bombay Biryani. We bring these all together in a recipe kit, which consists of 3 flavour pots; a Garlic Paste pot, a Biryani Paste pot and a Bombay Spice Mix pot. Simply follow our recipe, adding a few items from your fridge, to cook this delicious Bombay Biryani in just 30 minutes.

How Our Recipes Kits Work

We provide flavour ingredients:

  • Garlic Paste
  • Biryani Paste
  • Bombay Spice Mix

Your shopping list:

160g
Basmati rice
 
1
large onion
 
4
boneless chicken thighs
 
4
tomatoes
 
200g
plain yoghurt
 
1
lemon
 
toasted flaked almonds(optional)
 
pomegranate seeds(optional)
 
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Our 30 minute recipe

  • 1.

    Half cook the rice

    Boil the rice in a large, lidded non-stick saucepan (2/3 filled with water) for just 7-8 mins, then drain and rinse under cold water. Meanwhile, do step 2. 

  • 2.

    Start the curry base

    In a separate pan, fry the onion in oil for 5 mins, or until golden.

    Add the chicken and the GARLIC PASTE and fry for 3 mins.

    Add the BIRYANI PASTE and fry for 2 mins. 

  • 3.

    Add the Bombay spices

    Add the tomatoes to the pan and fry for 2 mins.

    Add the BOMBAY SPICE MIX and fry for 2 more mins.

    Turn the heat down and slowly stir in half of the yoghurt, then cook for 2 mins. 

  • 4.

    Assemble your Biryani in layers

    Rinse out the rice pan and put half of the rice back into it.

    Ladle the chicken curry on top of the rice in the pan, then put the rest of the rice on top of the curry.

    Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook over a medium-low heat for 10-12 mins, or until the rice is done and the chicken is cooked through. 

    TIP - If you have time and prefer to finish it in the oven, layer the rice and chicken curry in a small/medium-sized oven dish instead, then cover with a lid or foil and cook for 20-30 mins at 200C/ 180C fan/ gas 6.

  • 5.

    Serve!

    Serve the Biryani with the rest of the yoghurt mixed with chopped coriander (optional) on the side. Sprinkle the flaked almonds and pomegranate seeds on top (optional). 

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Bombay Biryani Reviews

BASED ON 3002 reviews

Karen - Jul 19, 2019

Easy to cook, very tasty - definitely have it again.

Janice - Jul 14, 2019

Lovely

Janice - Jul 14, 2019

Very good

Lucy - Jul 10, 2019

We love it, cook it in the oven.

Hannah - Jul 09, 2019

Super tasty

Deborah - Jul 08, 2019

Nice for a change, I only did steamed greens to gomwithnit, should have done some rice as well

Martin - Jul 06, 2019

We love this. Please bring it back into your selection

Gavin - Jul 03, 2019

Meh in every way

Claire - Jul 02, 2019

So simple but so good!

Jennifer - Jul 02, 2019

Loved it!

Rachel - Jul 01, 2019

Lovely dish, I used a 200g tin of chopped tomatoes and microwave basmati rice to make it a quicker weekday meal!

Neil - Jun 30, 2019

The pomegranate and almonds are a genius addition.

Adele - Jun 30, 2019

Loved it.

Daniel - Jun 30, 2019

Prefer a peppercorn taste

Steve - Jun 29, 2019

When we read that this was too salty, we were nervous, as that’s a big no no for us. It really wasn’t though. We used the oven method and cooked it a lot longer and slower with small whole boneless thighs. It was really great - the sauce was still there, but most of it soaked into the rice - just like it should. If heat is your thing and it is ours, just slice a few small fresh green chills and bung them in about ten minutes before you serve it. Highly recommended and we’ll definitely be getting this again. Top drawer.

Liz - Jun 27, 2019

It was ok.

Liz - Jun 24, 2019

It was ok not the best simply cool we have had x

Cecilia - Jun 20, 2019

It was really nice, no idea what the lemon was for!

faye - Jun 18, 2019

Used tinned tomatoes as didn’t have fresh and is just as lovely!

Janice - Jun 17, 2019

Very good biryani would recommend

Julie - Jun 15, 2019

Absolutely lovely so easy to do.

Mark - Jun 14, 2019

Really tasty. Loved it!

Joanna - Jun 12, 2019

Creamy

Nicola - Jun 09, 2019

Amazing!

Louise - Jun 07, 2019

This was really good - I used chicken breast and tinned tomatoes and took the extra time to finish cooking in the oven - delicious!

Maureen - Jun 06, 2019

Fantastic. Cooked it with chicken

Sam - Jun 06, 2019

Tasty great idea to layer the rice

kate - Jun 04, 2019

Lovely flavour and delicate heat of spice

Lucy - Jun 03, 2019

Very tasty dish and quite simple to do.

Leane - Jun 03, 2019

Amazing

Leane - Jun 03, 2019

Amazing

Lesley - Jun 03, 2019

Too hot for me.

Jonathan - Jun 02, 2019

So salty, it was inedible

Victoria - May 28, 2019

Absolutely loved it, great flavour

Lauren - May 27, 2019

This is so delicious. I could eat it every week

Nicola - May 23, 2019

Very dry.

Rachel - May 22, 2019

Best ever and so easy to make. Served with mango pickle and salad just like my mum would!

Rachel - May 22, 2019

Best ever and so easy to make. Served with mango pickle and salad just like my mum would!

Rachel - May 22, 2019

Best ever and so easy to make. Served with mango pickle and salad just like my mum would!

Zelie - May 22, 2019

Tasty. Quite hot!

Julie - May 20, 2019

Lacked taste, found it a bit bland.

Emma - May 16, 2019

we used a can of chopped toms instead of normal toms was great

Plum - May 15, 2019

Could never complain at this one. Totally fantastic and even better served with Keralan prawn curry.

Darren - May 15, 2019

Lovely meal with some fantastic flavours changing on your pallet as you indulge in this beautiful meal.

Julie - May 14, 2019

Lovely, would have again

Vicky - May 13, 2019

Loved this cooked for the family along with a few other was very popular

Lyndsey - May 13, 2019

Nice but doesn’t taste much like a biryani

Nicola - May 10, 2019

Used the oven version very tasty

Josie - May 07, 2019

Yummy. Added mint and cucumber to the yogurt to make a raita but as usual recipe is great easy to follow. The weights and timings are correct and the food tastes just delicious. Where have you been all my life Simply Cook!!!!!

Josie - May 07, 2019

Yummy. Added mint and cucumber to the yogurt to make a raita but as usual recipe is great easy to follow. The weights and timings are correct and the food tastes just delicious. Where have you been all my life Simply Cook!!!!!

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