How to Reheat Biryani Without Losing the Flavors – 4 Easy Ways

how to reheat biryani

There’s always a place for biryani in the hearts and tummies of those fortunate enough to have been introduced to this wonderful dish – especially when you have leftovers the next day. If you want to reheat these leftovers as if they were just cooked, with minimal effort, then you are in the right place!

You can reheat your biryani in the oven, microwave or on the stovetop. 

Read on to explore various options to release biryani’s signature flavors for the second time.

1. How to Reheat Biryani in the Oven

How to Reheat Biryani in the Oven

The oven is often a go-to when reheating leftovers that contain rice. 

But what’s there to explain, I hear you asking. Turn it on, put biryani in, put it out, turn it off. 

Not so fast! It’s easy alright, but you have to remember some important points when reheating biryani.

These step-by-step pointers will help you reheat biryani while maintaining its taste:

1. Warm the oven to 300 degrees F for 15 minutes.

2.  Put your desired quantity of biryani in an oven-safe dish.

3. Spread your biryani evenly in the dish, gently breaking rice clumps.

4. Add an appropriate amount of water or stock to the biryani. (This is super important if you don’t want your meal to scream REHEATED.) 

5. You can cover the dish with foil or an oven-safe lid. This is to keep the steam in and avoid making the biryani dry.

6. Bake for 10 minutes, or longer depending on how much you’re reheating.

Do not forget step 4! You can check your biryani every 2 minutes to ensure it is not dry. If it is, you can add more water or stock. This is crucial in keeping your biryani moist and those flavors locked in.

Chef’s tip: Consider taking out bigger pieces of meat or chicken BEFORE putting the biryani in the oven and bake them separately. This is because they will take longer to reheat than the rice. If you’d like a side to biryani, you can have salad, pickles or even kimchi!

2. How to Reheat Biryani on the Stovetop

Heating biryani on the stovetop is quick and easy and is perfect when you want a fried rice effect. You can use a skillet for this method. It’s ideal for maintaining the biryani’s flavor while ensuring moist meat or chicken.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Heat your skillet or a heavy bottom pan with a tight lid on medium to low heat.

2. Put some water or stock to cover the bottom of the pan. (Yes, we do love stock!) This will lock in the moisture and avoid sticking.

3.  Add your desired quantity of biryani in the pan and cover with the lid.

4. Keep it on medium to low heat and steam for 5 to 6 minutes.

5. Stir from time to time to ensure even heat distribution.

Keep your eye on the biryani as the rice will clump together. Gently break up any balls that form to ensure that the rice doesn’t dry out and even heat distribution. You can also use a gas stove, but, keep an eye as it is way faster!

3. How to Reheat Biryani in the Microwave

If you are very hungry, you can simply pop your plate of biryani in the microwave. You can dish out a serving or put it in a small dish.

The steps are as follows:

1. Dish out your biryani on a plate or dish.

2. Remove any clumps of rice with a fork (gently!).

3. Cover your plate or dish with a damp paper towel.

4. Microwave on medium in 30-second increments.

5. When the biryani is heated, let it rest for 30 seconds before eating/serving.

Going more than 30-second increments is not suggested as you may overcook the rice. It is best to always check the rice and stop the microwave as soon as it is heated. Microwaving takes more caution, but it is perfect for a quick fix!

Can You Reheat Frozen Biryani?

Yes, you can freeze biryani.

You can freeze this delight for 2 months. This is amazing news to all biryani lovers out there, and you can also reheat them to ensure the taste and aromas are the same as when you just cooked it.

Reheating Frozen Biryani


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When you want to reheat a plate, take your biryani out from the freezer and let it thaw out for 20 minutes. You can either use the oven or the microwave method for effective heating. If you vacuum seal your biryani, these methods also work perfectly!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I reheat my akra haiyian with biryani?

Akra haiyian is a great side dish to any biryani. These are best served warm, not hot. It is best to microwave them after you reheat your biryani. Thirty seconds on low heat would warm them up perfectly.

Can I use a pressure cooker to reheat biryani?

Although it is not a conventional method, you can use a pressure cooker to reheat biryani. Add a good amount of water into the cooker before adding your biryani. You can choose to quickly steam or longer steam the rice. Make sure to reheat the meat or chicken separately!

Just note one thing here.

To stay on the safe side of things and not make your biryani breeding ground for germs, you’ll need a temperature over 165°F.

So, if you opt for a pressure cooker for reheating meaty meals, make sure to choose the sauté option.   

How long does chicken biryani last?

Chicken biryani can last up to two days in the fridge and two months in the freezer. When freezing your biryani, put it in an airtight container with a lid.


So there you have it! With these 5 simple methods, you’re now equipped to reheat biryani and retain its deliciousness, every time. Whether you’re short on time or have the luxury of a slow and gentle approach, there’s an option perfectly suited for you. Remember, the key lies in understanding biryani’s unique characteristics and treating it with care. So go forth, reheat with confidence, and savor every flavorful grain of your beloved biryani!

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to experiment! Each method offers slight variations in texture and intensity. Find what works best for you and your biryani, and enjoy the process of bringing new life to your leftovers.

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