How to boil eggs & recipe for a cheat egg biriyani

As a child I was a rather fussy eater. I am one even now, but back then I had my mom to throw tantrums at. Sadly now if I don't like something I have cooked myself, I sallow my angst and the food in the same gulp and pat myself on the back for being good. 
Back in the days of my childhood, I used to have lunch after coming back home from school. Convenience of morning school or not! Such magnificient tantrums I used to throw during lunchtime. Mostly because I used to be bored with the food served for lunch. My mother, never the most patient person in the world, would often box my ears or give me a slap, which would make me all teary eyed, but scare me enough to silently eat the food placed in front of me. But there were innumerable times when she pampered me and would often make me something 'special' in a jiffy. One of her favourite ingredients for a quick fix meal were eggs. She used them a lot to make me something quick, if I did not like whatever was placed in front of me. Those were the days! 
One of my mother's quick fix recipes which I make a lot at home is a cheat egg biriyani. All you need for this recipe are some hardboiled eggs, some leftover rice, some veggies and some spices from your pantry. Being a huge egg lover since childhood, I loved having this egg biriyani. It's an one pot meal and all you need with it is some pickle or raita. 
Let me quickly share the recipe with you.
{serves 4 people for lunch}
1. 4 eggs, firmly hard boiled. Check out this post  by British Lion Eggs to know how to boil eggs to the right consistency
2. 4 cups of leftover rice
3. 1 cup of chopped mixed veg~ I used peas, sweetcorn, carrots, beans & spring onion
4. One medium onion, chopped
5. 1 tea spoon of finely chopped ginger & garlic, each
6. 1 tea spoon of i. cumin seeds
                         ii. turmeric powder
                        iii. red chilli powder
                         iv.  sugar
7. 1 heaped table spoon of chicken biriyani masala
8. Salt to taste
9. 3 table spoons of sunflower/vegetable oil

To make the biriyani:
1. Peel the boiled eggs carefully, with a knife gently make four light slits in each egg, making sure not to slice the eggs. Take a pinch of turmeric, red chilli powder, biriyani masala & salt and coat the eggs evenly
2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil. Once the oil is smoking, reduce the flame to medium low
2. Fry the eggs for a couple of minutes till they turn golden brown, remove from the pan and keep aside
3. In the same pan, add the cumin seeds and let them come to a splutter
3. Next add the chopped onions and the sugar. The sugar will help caramelise the onions & balance the flavours
4. Once the onion starts browning, add the ginger & garlic and the rest of the masala powders. Fry till oil starts separating from the masalas (takes about 4/5 mins). At this stage add the chopped vegetables. Fry for a further 5 minutes till the vegetables turn soft
5. At this stage add the rice, make sure to break up lumps of rice, this will help in evenly frying the rice. Mix the rice well with the masalas and fry for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the rice very gently, otherwise it might break
6. Add salt to taste, mix well. By now the rice should start smelling fried
7. Switch off the heat, let the rice rest of 5 minutes or so, plate in a bowl and add the eggs. Your cheat egg biriyani is ready to serve
8. Serve warm with some spicy pickle and cool yogurt

Thanks to British Lion Eggs for sponsoring this post!


  1. egg biryani looks delicious... truly a quick fix meal...

  2. Suchi!! Coming back to Kitchen Karma after a very long time. Make the dabbas for the girls these day and am surely going to keep coming back for ideas. Love you girl for keeping this going.....


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