Japanese-style Biryani


Japanese-style Biryani

Sakura Biryani: A fusion of Japanese and Indian flavors

Biryani is a popular Indian dish that has been adapted to various cuisines around the world. In this recipe, we will be adapting it to Japanese cuisine by incorporating traditional Japanese ingredients and flavors. The result is a unique and delicious fusion dish that is sure to impress.

Jan Dec

30 minutes

20 minutes

50 minutes

4 servings


Pescatarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Low-fat


Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto, High-fat


This Japanese-style Biryani differs from the original Indian version in several ways. We will be using Japanese short-grain rice instead of basmati rice, and incorporating Japanese ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, and sake. We will also be using a different spice blend that includes Japanese curry powder and wasabi. We alse have the original recipe for Biryani, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 300 / 1255
  • Fat (total, saturated): 4g / 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 58g / 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Salt: 1.2g


  1. 1.
    Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and sauté until the onion is translucent.
  3. 3.
    Add the carrot, red bell pepper, and shiitake mushrooms and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  4. 4.
    Add the rice, soy sauce, sake, curry powder, wasabi paste, salt, and black pepper to the pot and stir to combine.
  5. 5.
    Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. 6.
    Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the cilantro.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Shiitake mushrooms — Remove the stems before slicing as they can be tough and woody.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use a heavy-bottomed pot to prevent the rice from burning.
  • For a spicier biryani, increase the amount of wasabi paste.
  • Serve with a side of pickled vegetables for added flavor and texture.

Serving advice

Serve hot with a side of pickled vegetables.

Presentation advice

Garnish with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds and a few cilantro leaves for a pop of color.