A biryani is primarily a rice dish made using a lot of different spices in combination with meat or vegetables. It is different from a pulao (pilaf) in that the rice is prepared separately from the meat. The semi-cooked rice and meat are then layered in a large pot, which is then sealed tightly (with dough) and the biryani is cooked on dum (very slowly, traditionaly using hot coals) till it is ready. I used quality basmati rice, chicken, potatoes, and a gas stove! Attempt number three was perfection.
Third time lucky. I served it with a mint-cucumber raita.
The 2007 Zampa Syrah complemented the biryani nicely. It made for a memorable dinner.