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11 top delicacies for Jivitputrika or jitiya

Jivitputrika or jitiya Jivitputrika or jitiya is a festival celebrated for the well being and prosperity of the children. Mothers fast and pray for the long life of their kids. This is mainly celebrated in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand & Uttar Pradesh. When and how to celebrate Jivitputrika/ jitiya This is a 3 days festival and starts from seventh lunar day of Krishna-Paksha in Ashvin month to ninth lunar day. As per english calendar, this festival is celebrated in September. These three days are celebrated as 1.Nahai – Khai (Satwmi) 2.Khur Jitiya or Jivitputrika day (Asthami) 3.Paaran (Naomi)
Nahai khai – This is the preparatory day and as per the rituals – Mothers take bath in the morning and take food. The food generally consists of – Pua, Kheer, Sevai Khur Jitiya or Jivitputrika day The actual festival day. Mothers observe whole day fast. They do not take water, for almost 24 hours or more. It is also customary to have Sargi, something …

Difference between Biryani and Pulao

difference between biryani and pulao

Biryani and Pulao
Biryani and Pulao, in its simplest form is a dish in which rice and meat/vegetables  are cooked together. These are complete meals and generally eaten with different types of raita, salad, chutney or may be some other accompainments like salan or korma/qorma.

Biryani and pulao are quite similar if  looked at from a distance, but there is huge difference in terms of  their
  • Technique of preparation
  • Richness
  • Taste 
  • Quality/Nature of Ingredients

What is Biryani
Biryani is an dish made by layering and maturing half cooked rice with  partially cooked meat/veg/dairy product in a sealed container. 
Most of the biryanies contain lots of herbs, spices, birasta (fried onions), flavourings and colourings.

How to make Biryani -
Steps of Making Biryani
1 -Half cook the rice (usally long grain Rice)
2- Partially cook the Meat/Veg/Dairy product - what ever you are making.
3 -Make some ginger julienne, chop some green coriander and Mint leaves, deep fry some sliced              onions, dissolve some saffron in milk, Mix together some ghee, cream, kewra water etc
4- In a heavy bottom pan - layer the half cooked rice with Partially cook the Meat/Veg/Dairy product
     Now add the julienne, brown onion, chopped coriander, mint leaves, saffron milk, ghee cream,             kewra etc.
5- This layering can be done several time one over another.
6- Seal the vessel
7- cook over very slow flame (DUM COOKING)

What is Pulao
Pulao is a dish made by sauteing the ingredients (rice and meat or vegetables or dairy products) together,then cooking in pre- determined quantity of water. 

How to make Pulao
Steps of Making Pulao
1- Heat some ghee in a heavy bottom Vessel
2- Add the whole spices (flavourings)
3- Add some sliced or chopped onions followed by the major ingredients (Meat/Veg/Dairy product)
4- Saute for some time then add the Soaked rice and saute them together.
5- Add some water (normally it's 1.5 to 2 time of the rice).
6- Let is cook by absorption.

Differences between Biryani and Pulao: 


Biryani generally has layers
Rice is half cooked  sepaatelly, then layered and dum cooked
Biryani is very rich compared with pulao
It is cooked by DumPukt
Biryani takes more time to prepare.


Pulao does not have layer.
Rice is sauteed with other ingredients and cooked together.
Pulao is comparatively light.
It is sauteed then cooked by absorption method.
Pulao takes less time to prepare.
It is comparatively less aromatic and nutritious.


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puja said…
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Anonymous said…
Hi, Thanks, since along time I had a debate explaining Pulao and Biryani, I have resolved my longtime issue with your description.

Biryani King said…
Yes, many Indians think that Pulao and Biryani are similar dishes. You pointed out the differences correctly. Thanks for sharing.
Anonymous said…
Biriyani usually has many juices added to it. like coconut extract, mint juice. ginger garlic chilli and big onion. garam masala are pasted and added.. As far as i know.. for pulav.. u season grounded garam masala in oil.. to that u add slit green chillies and other vegetables and cook it wit rice as an all white biriyani chilli powder turmeric and even food color is added.
Priya Krishnan said…
chocolaty an to *U*.. well, Thank u... Now mine uncertainty cleared..
Priya said…
chocolaty an to *U*.. well, Thank u... now mine uncertainty cleared about pulao and biriyani..
Anonymous said…
Thanks for very good detailed information with photos.
Anonymous said…
I had this doubt for long time now, got cleared. thanks
Shakesh Singh said…
Thanks priya..

Glad that your doubt got cleared.
Shakesh Singh said…

I am glad that your doubt got cleared
Unknown said…
Thanks ,this is the right difference between pulao and biryani . Really appreciate your answer

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