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Achaari Capsicum Biryani using leftover Pickle

I love adding pickle oil and leftover pickle masala to my dishes. It enhances the flavour and also gives a vibrant colour to the dish. This can be used while preparing dosa or in a gravy or as tadka for dal. My today's recipe is also using leftover pickle and 3 varieties of Bell peppers. Apart from bell peppers, any veggies like beans, carrot, peas, potato etc can be used. This one pot meal pairs up excellent with any varieties of Raita or Kurma.

Instead of throwing the leftover pickle oil and masala, try this delicious spicy biryani. Here comes the recipe...

Ingredients :

1 Tbsp Pickle Oil ( Leftover oil from pickle ) 
2 Tbsp Oil ( or you can also use 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp ghee ) 
2 Bay leaves 
1 Onion, sliced 
2 Green chillies
2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste 
1 1/2 Tbsp Curd 
Few Mint leaves 
2 Tsp Pickle masala ( I have used Mango pickle in this recipe ) 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 Tsp Cumin powder 
1/2 Tsp  Red chilli powder ( Adjust according to taste bud ) 
Salt to taste 
1 Cup Basmati Rice ( I have used India gate brand ) 
1 1/2 Cups Water 
3 Cups Coloured Bell peppers, chopped 

To grind :

1 Onion, chopped 
1 Big Tomato, chopped 
1/2 inch Cinnamon stick 
1 Elachi 
1 Clove 
Small piece of Biryani flower 

Method :

Wash and soak Basmati rice for 30 minutes.

Grind the given ingredients in "To grind" into fine paste and keep aside.

Heat oil ( pickle oil, oil and ghee ) in a thick bottomed pan and add bay leaves followed by green chillies and mint leaves.

Add sliced onion and saute till it turns light brown color.

Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.

Now add the ground paste and saute it for a minute.

Add turmeric powder, pickle masala, cumin powder and red chilli powder to the masala along with curd and coloured bell peppers.

Saute and cook till the oil separates from the masala.

Add measured water followed by the required amount of salt and let it boil.

Now drain water from the basmati rice and add it to the cooker.

Simmer the flame, cover the pan with an aluminium foil and place a lid on top of it.

Cook it till the water gets absorbed and add ghee along with few mint leaves on top of the biryani.

Meanwhile, heat an iron pan and simmer the flame.

Place the biryani pan on top of the iron pan and keep in dum for 10 minutes.

Once done, mix well without breaking the rice and serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve hot with Raita or Kurma.

Note :

Adjust the water quantity according to the soaking time. For example, 1 1/2 cups will be sufficient for 1 cup of Rice, if the soaking time is 30 minutes.  If the soaking time is more than 45 mins, then equal ratio of water and rice will be perfect.


  1. What a good idea to use left over oil in a dish, definitely enhances the taste of the dish, Biryani looks so flavourful.

  2. Amazing flavours in this Recipe Priya.. Brilliant way to use pickles in Not pot meals..

  3. Wow this is yummy I will make this for sure.


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