If you’re wondering what to serve with your biryani, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for biryani.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with biryani are mint chutney, mirchi ka salan, tomato rasam, and aloo baingan. Try pineapple raita, sprouted mung bean salad, kachumber, and Indian pickled onions for a more refreshing accompaniment. Don’t forget onion bhajis or hariyala kebabs for some added crunch.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Everything tastes better with some relish (or in this case chutney)!
And if you want to serve your spicy biryani something refreshing, mint chutney is the way to go.
It has a sweet-tangy, herbaceous flavor and has a lingering cooling effect on your tongue that can save things from getting too heated.
This cilantro mint chutney is guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
Vegan hariyali kebab
If you’re having trouble pairing your biryani, why not try hariyali kebabs?
These little balls of goodness are filled with grated and mashed vegetables and pack a TON of flavor.
They’ll definitely be able to hold their own against a bold biryani.
For a guilt-free recipe, check out these no-fry, vegan hariyali kebabs.
Sprouted mung bean salad
Are you pressed for time? Relax.
I’ve got you covered with this 10-minute recipe.
Refreshing, delicious, and bright – that’s how I’d describe this salad.
The raw veggie mixture includes red onion, cucumber, and carrot so has a nice crispy texture, and a dash of lime juice gives the salad a fresh, acidic flavor.
What are you waiting for?
Serve this sprouted mung beans salad tonight.
If you enjoy a fiery biryani but realize that eating it leaves you sweating, fear not!
Raita is what you need.
Raita is an all-encompassing term for a yogurt-based dip mixed with vegetables, or sometimes fruit.
There are endless varieties of raita, but I like pineapple raita. The yogurt base is slightly sour, and the pineapple adds a hint of sweetness.
Kachumber is an Indian pico de gallo made of chopped tomatoes, onions, and cucumber with a lemon dressing.
It will balance out the heavier biryani dish with a delightful crunch and tang.
And if you want to be a bit extra, try adding in mint, chaat masala, or cumin powder.
Head over to vegan richa for a vegan, oil-free, and gluten-free recipe.
No Indian-themed feast would be complete without a few onion bhajis.
You can serve them as a starter or as a side dish – just remember the dipping sauce (I like tamarind chutney).
But be warned, don’t put too many on the table or your guests might not have any room left for the biryani!
Follow this guide from happy and harried to make them at home.
Tip: if you want to avoid using too much oil, try cooking the bhajis in an air fryer instead of deep-frying them.
Mirchi ka salan
Mirchi ka salan is a traditional side for Hyderabadi biryani, but it will work with any biryani.
The warming blend of spicy, sour, and coconutty flavors will add a punch to your biryani.
And the rice will soak up all the sauce so the plates will be clean!
Worried it will be too pungent?
Use a mild variety of chilies or remove the seeds from the fiery green ones for a more palatable mirchi ka salan.
Indian pickled onions
Sirka pyaz (Indian pickled onions) are a great palate cleanser.
The tart taste pop of flavor from the onions will clear your mouth of all the spices from the biryani and make sure your tastebuds don’t get overwhelmed.
Did I mention that Indian pickled onions only take 10 minutes to make?
And they last up to 10 days so you can make them way ahead of time.
Spoon a dollop of flavor-packed aloo baingan over a tasty biryani for a filling meal.
Wondering what aloo baingan is?
This dish is a traditional North Indian vegan curry made with eggplant and potato.
The curry has a smooth velvety mouthfeel because of the soft vegetables, so it will blend right into your biryani.
This aloo baingan recipe will turn your ordinary weeknight into something extra delightful.
Do you just want something light and easy to serve next to your biryani?
A big bowl of vegetables is always a good idea.
You can use whatever you have in your fridge – simply toss it into the frying pan.
You don’t need to worry about flavoring the vegetables too much because the biryani already delivers on that front.
Try this EASY recipe from Natasha’s kitchen, it will only take 5 minutes.
Tomato rasam is a South Indian soup that makes a delicious side for biryani.
This kerala style tomato rasam is hot and spicy, so not for the faint-hearted.
But you can cool it down by serving some of the raita or mint chutney I mentioned earlier (or by using less chili!).
A spoonful of this followed by a spoonful of biryani – you can’t get much more flavorful.
The best side dishes to serve with biryani
- Mint chutney
- Vegan hariyali kebab
- Sprouted mung bean salad
- Pineapple raita
- Onion bhajis
- Mirchi ka salan
- Indian pickled onions
- Aloo baingan
- Stir-fried vegetables
- Tomato rasam
What To Serve With Biryani
- 1 portion biryani
- Prepare your biryani according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: mint chutney, vegan hariyali kebab, sprouted mung bean salad, pineapple raita, kachumber, onion bhajis, mirchi ka salan, indian pickled onions, aloo baingan, stir-fried vegetables, and tomato rasam.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!