The primary difference between biryani and pulao is the preparation method. Biryani is made using the draining method of cooking whereas pulao is made through the absorption method. The spices used in preparing biryani is high as compared to pulao, this gives the biryani a very rich aroma and texture. Read below to understand the basic difference between the two that we love so much.
Biryani originated primarily on the Indian subcontinent among the Muslim population. On the other hand, pulao has its origin in Central Asia.
3. Preparation technique
Biryani is made using the draining method of cooking, whereas pulao is made through the absorption method. While preparing biryani, the rice is par-boiled in water and then drained. Whereas while preparing pulao, the amount of water or stock is completely absorbed by the rice and vegetables in the dish.
Biryani is always prepared in layers, with at least one layer dedicated to meat or vegetables and another one for fried onions. While in the case of a pulao, the veggies, meat and rice are sauteed together, and then cooked in a predetermined quantity of water. There is no layering involved.
5. Strength of spices
The amount of spices used in preparing biryani will significantly be higher than that of pulao.
6. Cooking duration
Preparing biryani is a time consuming process as compared to pulao. It is cooked on a very low flame that too in a sealed container (also known as slow cooking method), while pulao is cooked on medium to high flame, and thus is made quickly.