Nasi briyani in 20 minutes (using pressure cooker)

Quick CookNasi briyani is something we thought we could only enjoy at restaurants or at best make out of with seasoning packets. However at Philips cooking workshop with Chef Marina Mustafa, we’ve learned that with the right appliances and tools, briyani rice can be made from scratch in less than 20 minutes!

JewelPie: Briyani in 20 minutes

The secret tool is the pressure cooker. Without it, briyani would take much longer to make. We have received one from Philips, the first pressure cooker we’ve used. We have yet to make any other food with it but will definitely be trying more pressure cooking; it’s faster than conventional cooking method.

JewelPie: Briyani in 20 minutes

At first, the ingredients might look overwhelming. In reality, it’s just a matter of throwing all of them into the pressure cooker and clicking a button! We are still amazed that such flavourful dish that traditional a long time to complete can be done in 20 minutes (including prep time)!

JewelPie: Briyani in 20 minutes

Here’s a recipe which we simplified from Chef Marina Mustafa. The original recipe includes saffron, rose water and condiments like sultanas, cashew nuts and crispy fried shallots. Since saffron is not usually available in the kitchen and expensive, we substituted with tumeric.

JewelPie: Briyani in 20 minutes

Basmathi rice, washed and drained x 2 cups
Water x 1 1/2 cups
Onion, medium-size and sliced thinly x 1
Garlic, sliced x 2 cloves
Olive oil x 1/4 cup
Ginger juice x 1/2 cup
Evaporated milk x 1/2 cup
Lime x 2 tablespoon/ about 4 limes

spices & seasoning
Cinnamon stick (kayu manis) x 1
Star anise (bunga lawang) x 1
Clove (cengkih) x 5
Cardamom (bunga pelaga) x 5
Tumeric powder (serbuk kunyit) x 1/2 teaspoon
Salt x 2 teaspoon
Coriander leaves x 1 stalk, cut into half
Pandan leaves, tied in a knot x 2 (Optional)

Step-by-step tutorial: making briyani rice in 20 minutes

JewelPie: Briyani in 20 minutes

  1. Squeeze lime into evaporated milk to let it curdle. If you like, it can be replaced with yoghurt or fresh milk.
  2. Using a blender, blend 2 inches of ginger with 1/2 cup of water. Drain and keep the ginger juice.
  3. Put the rest of the ingredients into the pressure cooker (including basmathi rice, water, onion, garlic, olive oil, evaporated milk mixed with lime juice, ginger water and all the spices)
  4. Put in pressure cooker and cook.
  5. Briyani is ready in 14 minutes and will be kept warm in Philips pressure cooker for another 12 hours.

We’ve tried to replacing evaporated milk with yoghurt and omitting saffron entirely without replacing it with tumeric. However, we find it’s significantly better with evaporated milk and looked a little pale.

JewelPie: Briyani in 20 minutes

When the pressure it release, the fragrance of the briyani will fill the entire room. Having perfected the recipe, we foresee we’ll be making this again and again!

JewelPie: Briyani in 20 minutes

If you’re interested in getting one, check out Philips Home Living Facebook page. You might also want to win appliances for yourself and your friends from Philips through the Philips Smart Kitchen contest.

Do you have a pressure cooker at home? Let us know below, on Facebook or Twitter.


DISCLOSURE: We were invited by Philips’s PR agency to attend the Philips cooking workshop. The pressure cooker is a courtesy of Philips.

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9 Responses to “Nasi briyani in 20 minutes (using pressure cooker)”

  1. HK
    July 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    Hi, is it possible to add chicken meat and cook it together with rice to make chicken Briyani? I think you can saute the usual ingredients first using any menu inside the pot and restart again for the real cooking to enhance the smell and flavour. Hope you can try and let us know the results :)

  2. Sara
    July 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Sauteing the ingredients (onions and spices) will definitely bring out the flavour. However, it takes one more step. At JewelPie, we like shortcuts :)

    At the cooking workshop, both the rice and chicken were cooked separately. But I believe that cooking together is possible. It’s something we’re planning to do too. When we do, we’ll post it on our social media page and

  3. Lucie
    October 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Hi i was just wondering, if i want to make this for 5 pax, i will have to increase the cups of rice to 5. As the original receipe only makes 2 cups of rice, Im just wondering how much to increase for the other ingredients? Thank you so much.

  4. Sara
    October 7, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    We have not tried making that amount. To make it easier, how about making for 6 pax and triple the amount?

  5. Hooi Hooi
    December 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Dear Sara

    Tried your briyani rice on Christmas Eve and it was a hit! My husband and guests absolutely love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us such an easy and delicious meal!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. Sara
    December 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi Hooi Hooi. Glad to hear! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!


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