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:

250g packs microwave basmati rice
large onion
chicken thigh fillets
tin chopped tomatoes
plain yoghurt
of flaked almonds(optional)
of pomegranate seeds(optional)
a cucumber(optional)

Our 30 minute recipe

  • 1.

    Fry the onions

    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. 

    Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large pan over medium heat and then fry the onion for 6-8 mins until golden brown.

  • 2.

    Start the curry base

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

    Add the BIRYANI PASTE and fry for 2 more mins.

  • 3.

    Add the Bombay Spices

    Add the BOMBAY SPICE MIX and fry for 2 mins. 

    Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and fry for 4 mins.

    Turn the heat down and add in half of the yoghurt and mix it in. Let it simmer for 2 mins.

  • 4.

    Assemble your Biryani in layers

    Get an oven dish and spread out half of the rice in it. Ladle your chicken on top of the rice, and then put the rest of the rice on top of the curry. Cover the dish with foil and cook in the oven for 20 mins. 

    Meanwhile, mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice and the rest of the yoghurt in a mixing bowl and then add the chopped cucumber. Mix well to make a cooling yoghurt raita to have alongside. 

  • 5.


    Serve the Biryani with your cucumber raita. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top (if using). 


Bombay Biryani Reviews

BASED ON reviews

Matty - Dec 07, 2019

Excellent dish.

Stuart - Dec 04, 2019

Rather confusing instructions as the app didn’t mention the need to microwaveable rice, which the recipe card in the box specifies. Luckily we had some in, which made it a fairly straightforward biryani. Tasty, but not amazing.

Julia - Dec 02, 2019

Very spicy, more like 3 chillies id say, but tolerable with plenty of yogurt ???? and actually super yummy (I normally don’t like spicy food but got second portions of this)

Kate - Dec 01, 2019

Nom nom nom I could eat this every day!

Sarah - Nov 27, 2019

Lovely! Bit dry, but still nice!

Sarah - Nov 27, 2019

Lovely! Bit dry, but still nice!

Sarah - Nov 27, 2019

Lovely! Bit dry, but still nice!

Sarah - Nov 27, 2019

Lovely! Bit dry, but still nice!

Sophie - Nov 26, 2019

So the app and the recipe card vary on the rice front. I used the app as I was out shopping, app says 300g basmati rice, already had that so no worries, cooked the biryani to find the rice wasnt cooked, even after extra time in the oven. Looked at recipe card and that said to use 2x 250g micro rice...apart from uncooked rice the dish was nice. Marked down due to the discrepancies between app and recipe card

Alison - Nov 18, 2019

Family lived it - have ordered again!

Lindsay - Nov 17, 2019

Very wet. Not the tastiest in my opinion.

Trudy - Nov 16, 2019

Nice enough and would do it again but not the best we've had from here.

Susan - Nov 15, 2019

Pretty good. Not their best recipe though.

Marta - Nov 12, 2019

Easy to make and tastes great

Leanne - Nov 10, 2019

It was Ok, blander than expected

Polly - Nov 09, 2019

Easy to cook and tastes sublime.

Anne - Nov 06, 2019


Anne - Nov 06, 2019

Was ok

Kate - Nov 05, 2019

More colour needed

Kate - Nov 03, 2019

Just needs a little colour

Jennifer - Nov 01, 2019

Definitely a new favourite

Gareth - Nov 01, 2019

Nice dish, would cook it again

Lisa - Oct 28, 2019

Easy to make, tastes fantastic

Julia - Oct 21, 2019

Very nice

Adel - Oct 21, 2019

Delicious we would love to get this again !!

Manjinder - Oct 21, 2019

Tasted OK but I can see why some people found it bland. I've never had a biryani before so I wasn't judging it. Could do with a bit more detail in description...I added the yoghurt and was a bit worried when it formed little white specks. Is there a way to add yoghurt without it separating?

Gillian - Oct 16, 2019

Absolutely gorgeous

Ruth - Oct 15, 2019

Not at all like a biryani. Quite disappointed

C - Oct 12, 2019

Mild and tasty!

Matthew - Oct 11, 2019

Easy ?

Dean - Oct 10, 2019

We've had this before and loved it again

Jamie - Oct 05, 2019

Deliciously layered.

Nicola - Oct 01, 2019

Use less rice

Maria - Sep 30, 2019

So easy to make. Tastes amazing

John - Sep 30, 2019

Recipe in the app was different to the one received in the box, leading to confusion with ingredients. We put raw rice in the bake, where it should have been either cooked beforehand (app) or use microwavable rice (box). Recipes on app and in box should match! Had to add water and simmer to save it, turned out OK after that.

Sammy - Sep 30, 2019


Nicola - Sep 29, 2019

Not really a biryani and quite bland. Would not cook again.

Amjad - Sep 28, 2019

Bit bland. Kids ate a portion. Husband and I didn’t particularly enjoy it as much as the other dishes. I would cook the rice in the pot where you made curry next time cz cooking in the oven dried out the rice.

Miri - Sep 22, 2019

Very tasty and easy to do. The whole family liked it although wouldn’t feature in our top 5 SimplyCook recipes

Robert N - Sep 21, 2019

Bland. Nothing special.

Shayanti - Sep 21, 2019

Slightly bland.

Fay - Sep 18, 2019


Tracy - Sep 17, 2019

Nice and spicy! Lovely with the pomegranate seeds and spring onions added.

Carole - Sep 14, 2019

Could be a bit more spicy.

Rachael - Sep 09, 2019

Loved it!

Hayley - Sep 09, 2019

Second time using this recipe now. And we all love it as much as we did the first time. Even easier making the second time around. Quick, easy, simple.

Lynette - Sep 07, 2019

Hubby loved this xc

Sue - Sep 04, 2019

We loved it and so quick and easy to make.

Gail - Sep 02, 2019

Really enjoyed great dish

Kelly - Sep 02, 2019

Loved it


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