Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wheat rava peas biriyani

Today we have to post a recipe starting with W and I am depending on english words. I had two choices for W - either start the recipe name with Whole or start with Wheat. I chose the later. As I have said in my earlier posts, wheat rava is largely used in kerala these days. It is promoted as a healthy food mainly to reduce diabetes. I wanted to try something different. So I tried a biriyani.

I have only replaced rice with wheat rava. I tried my best to make it malabar style. The wheat rava biriyani was excellent!! I am in love with it. I added only peas as the main vegetable - only peas was available at home at that time. But we can add all types of vegetables that are generally added for vegetable biriyani/pulav.  Do try this biriyani. I served this with salad and juice. It was so refreshing in this summer.


Wheat rava - 2 cups
Peas - 1/2 cup
Shallots - 100 grams (peeled)
Tomato - 2 (finely chopped)
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Water - 4 cups
Ghee / nei - 3 tbsp
Curd - 1 tbsp
Green chillies - 4 
Salt - to taste

Dry masala:

Cinnamon / patta - 2 1" piece
Cardamom / elakka- 4
Cloves / lavangam- 8
Bay leaf / karuvapatta ila- 1
Saunf / Perunjeeragam - 1 tsp
Maze / jathi pathri - few strands
Peppercorns / kurumilagu - 1 tsp

To garnish:

Ghee / nei - 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts / andiparuppu - 1 tbsp
Raisins / munthiri - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - few
Mint leaves - few


  • Grind the shallots, green chillies, ginger-garlic into a smooth paste.
  • In a kadai, add 1 tbsp of ghee. Fry the cashews and raisins until they turn brown. Drain and keep it aside.
  • Add another 3 tbsp ghee. Add all the dry masalas and fry for a minute. 
  • Now add the onion-garlic paste. Fry until the raw smell goes away and the paste turns light brown.
  • Now add finely chopped tomatoes and peas. Keep frying them until the tomatoes turn mushy and you can see oil oozing out of them. 
  • Add the coriander powder, salt and curd. Mix well and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Now add 4 cups of water. Let the water boil. Check for salt.
  • Once the water is boiled add the wheat rava and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, check if all the water is consumed. Mix well.
  • Garnish the biriyani with fried cashews/raisins, mint/coriander leaves

Wheat rava Peas Biriyani is Ready!!! Enjoy this healthy biriyani!!


  • We can use tomato puree instead of finely chopped tomatoes.
  • We can also garnish the biriyani with fried onions.
  • Add more vegetables to make the biriyani more interesting.
  • Curd can be avoided if you feel the biriyani will turn tangy.

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  1. That's a nice way of presenting, the dish looks wonderful!

  2. Excellent way to sneak this healthy wheat rava, lovely plating there and briyani makes me hungry.

  3. Like your presentation where you can see every grain of the wheat rava..looks very flavorful.

  4. Using Wheat rava in place of rice, makes it an healthier alternative to the regular biryani. Love the cute katori shaped servings.

  5. Love the way you presented it, square cubes of biryani. Wheat rava biryani looks delicious

  6. Love the way you displayed as small chunks. Great alternative to regular biriyani. Even I had to go with english word today.

  7. This is definitely a healthy version of the biryani. Your presentation is beautiful..

  8. Loved the presentation of the biryani in cute square shapes. A healthier alternative to the rice biryani.

  9. I make this biryani too, love the taste of it. Love your presentation..

  10. Lovely presentation of the rawa biryani. I love wheat rawa and make upma with it quite often, this biryani sounds delicious -- will have to give it a try some time.

  11. Wheat rava biryani looks awesome.I love the cute presentation.

  12. I make this pretty often. I loved the way you styled it!