Shrimp Biryani – Instant Pot

Shrimp Biryani –  Spicy and delicate, full-flavored meal, made with fragrant basmati rice and shrimp! The warm flavors of fresh spices, turmeric, red chili powder and the sweetness from onions cooked in ghee make this an ultimate dish for lunch or dinner!

It is a crazy time of the year for my family and I am sure many of you are in the same boat. We have a 5th -grade and an 8th-grade graduation coming up. Several end-of-the-year activities that have made our days busier than ever. I cannot seem to keep up with my calendar.  I am very emotional that my boys are going to be moving up to bigger schools! I know they are ready but I am not for this school year to be over. I am not ready to part with their childhood and the beautiful, care-free moments I enjoyed in the elementary school. I know I have to be strong and supportive as they move on to bigger goals in their lives but I do want to hold on to these last few days. I am so NOT ready for this school year to be over.

As time is flying quickly than I would like, I want to make meals that my boys love but still do not take up a ton time and energy. I try cooking healthy, one-pot meals in my Instant Pot which has saved me a lot of time. Here is my easy Shrimp Biryani recipe, that we all love and does not require any marination. I do not add any yogurt and the recipe uses fewer ingredients than the traditional Biryani. The simplicity of this biryani makes it a very achievable meal for busy weeknights.

I am a big fan of Shrimp! I love how versatile they are and although I would love to buy fresh shrimp, it just does not work out for me. So I always keep a bag of good quality shrimp in my freezer that I can use in a jiffy.  Full of flavors, every bite of this Shrimp Biryani takes me to my happy place!
This Shrimp Biryani is gluten free and can be easily made dairy-free by replacing the ghee with any cooking oil. For me ghee is a must, I start this Biryani with ghee and then add another spoonful just before I eat!
I have cooked this same Biryani on stovetop many times and I was happy to get same results in my instant pot! So if you have enjoyed my Chicken Biryani or Vegetable and Paneer Biryani, you will LOVE this too. I can’t wait to hear back on how you like this easy recipe!

 

Shrimp Biryani - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4-5
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups long grain basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 8-10 black peppercorn
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ tablespoon ginger, grated
  • ½ tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 large potato, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1-2 teaspoon mild red chili powder (I used Kashmiri chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound extra large Shrimp (20) - thawed if using frozen
  • ½ cup cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Rinse and soak the rice in 2 cups of water for 20 mins. Drain the rice after 20 mins.
  2. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(More) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add ghee. Add cumin seeds, peppercorn and bay leaves. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add onions and mix well. Cook covered with a glass lid on for 3-4 mins, until the onions are translucent and light golden in color.
  4. Add ginger, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well.
  5. Add shrimp, rice and 2 cups of water. Mix well, making sure all the rice is under the liquids.
  6. Close Instant Pot lid with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 6 mins followed by quick release.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve hot with raita and lime wedges.
 

Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – Instant Pot

Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – A classic Indian one pot meal that is full of flavors and aromas from whole spices, garam masala and the long grain basmati rice.

I have been trying to perfect my vegetable biryani in the Instant Pot for months now. After the success of my InstaPot Chicken Biryani recipe in just a few tries, I was surprised to see how much different it was to cook vegetable Biryani in the Instant Pot. Although I was using the same rice and similar spices, it took many failed attempts (mushy rice, undercooked rice, mushy veggies etc) before I got the technique right. The key was to choose the right kind of vegetables and also more importantly cut them right so they all cook within 6 mins of pressure cooking time. Continue reading “Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – Instant Pot”

Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot

Chicken Biryani – The epitome of a one-pot meal made with aromatic basmati rice, tender chicken, spices and herbs that is cooked over low heat for the most delectable flavors.

Chicken Biryani is one of my most favorite dishes and definitely one of the most requested meals at my house. I say meal because you have your proteins and grains all together and you really don’t need anything else to accompany this dish. There are many variations of this recipe that originate in several states of India. My favorite, of course, is the one made by my mom that I grew up eating. I distinctly remember the day when her friend came over to teach her how to make “Dum Biryani”. They spent almost half of the day grinding fresh spices, frying batches of caramelized golden onions and then cooking the chicken marinated in yogurt and spices over long grain basmati rice. It was cooked on a low setting in a large pot with a tightly sealed lid. They actually sealed the lid with dough to make sure it was airtight! Hours passed. We all waited for the big reveal and when the lid opened our entire home was filled with a warm, deep spiced aroma. That was possibly the most heavenly biryani I have ever had. Thankfully, we had enough leftovers and it was surprising to see how much more the flavors developed the next day. Continue reading “Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot”