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Cracked Wheat Biryani

 Published 2009-Jun-15   Updated 2021-Aug-16

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Rava Biryani, Rava Chicken Kichadi, Cracked Wheat Biriyani, Cracked Wheat Upma)

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Recipe For Cracked Wheat Biryani

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6


  • Cracked Wheat - 2 cups (You could also use rava instead)
  • Chicken - 1/2 lb (1/4 kg or little lesser) (Alternatively, you could also use 1 cup of chopped assorted vegetables or 1 cup of shrimp)
  • Onion - 1 (chopped)
  • Tomato - 1
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Green Chilies - 2
  • Biryani Masala - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel Powder - 1 tsp
  • Chilly Powder - 1 tsp (or as needed)
  • Mint leaves - handful
  • Cilantro - handful
  • Whole Garam Masala - (1 bay leaf, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, 3 cardamon)
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 3.5 cups (exact measure for cracked wheat) (NOTE: If you are making biryani with rava, use just 2.5 cups of water.)
  • Ghee/Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - as needed


  1. Marinate the chicken with yogurt, ginger garlic paste, garam masala powder, salt, fennel powder, chilly powder and turmeric powder.
  2. Roast the cracked wheat in some ghee/ oil. This step is optional but adds a nice nutty flavour and helps keep the grains separate without forming lumps.
  3. Heat 1 tblsp of oil/ghee in a pan and add the whole garam masala to it.
  4. Saute the onions and green chilies till it turns golden brown. 
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and let it cook till the tomatoes become nice and mushy.
  6. Add chopped mint leaves and cilantro (coriander leaves) and saute for a minute.
  7. Next add the marinated chicken and biryani masala. Cover and let it cook in the marinated liquid until the chicken is completely cooked. (NOTE: If you are making veg biryani, add the chopped vegetables directly at this stage.)
  8. Add 3.5 cups of water, required salt and bring it to a boil.
  9. Add the cracked wheat to this and bring it to a boil once again.
  10. Reduce the flame to the lowest setting, cover with a lid and let it cook for 10-15 minutes. Do not mix in between
  11. Fluff up with a fork and keep covered for another 5 minutes.
  12. Garnish with chopped cilantro, toasted nuts and raisins.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve the hot cracked wheat biryani with raita.


  • You could also make vegetable cracked wheat biryani, mushroom cracked wheat biryani or shrimp cracked wheat biryani.
  • Instead of cracked wheat, you could use other ingredients like rava, grits or cornmeal to make rava biryani, grits biryani or cornmeal biryani.

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Comments (2)

Person   ()
Hey Dahlia, I am Diana here. So nice to see this recipe. I was having some similar thoughts, just checked whether I could find any other mind who share the same idea. I will make this one today :)
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That's interesting. Did you try it? Share your feedback.

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Comment by Namagiri Sridhar
    Hi Chef
    Thanks for the quick responses. So I guess after adding fresh or frozen veggies add all the masala stuff that chicken was marinated in and cook the veggies? right? I am going to make this tomorrow morning. Got everything except mint though.
Reply :-
    Hi Namagiri, If you are making biriyani with chicken, you need to marinate with with few spices. When making with vegetables, you do n't have to marinate it. You can directly add the vegetables. The spices from the biriyani masala should be sufficient and you don't need the extra spices that are needed to marinate the chicken. Vegetable biriyani requires less spices than the one with meat. Sorry about not being very clear with the steps. Do ask if you have any other doubts.

Comment by Namagiri Sridhar
    I guess if we are using veggies we have to use fresh ones ( and not frozen) and marinate them like chicken in first step?
Reply :-
    Hi Namagiri, fresh veggies always tastes better than frozen ones. I just add the veggies directly without marinating.

Comment by Namagiri Sridhar
    Hi Chef
    Is there any substitute for briyani masala?
Reply :-
    Hi Namagiri, just substitute with 2 tsp corriander powder and 1 tsp chilly powder.

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