New Nordic Biryani


New Nordic Biryani

Nordic-Inspired Biryani with a Twist

In the context of New Nordic cuisine, this innovative take on the classic Indian dish, Biryani, combines the flavors of the Nordic region with the aromatic spices of India. The result is a unique fusion of ingredients and techniques that celebrate the freshness and simplicity of Nordic cuisine while staying true to the essence of Biryani.

Jan Dec

30 minutes

30 minutes

60 minutes

4 servings


New Nordic, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, High-protein, Low-fat


Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto, Low-carb


The New Nordic Biryani incorporates traditional Nordic ingredients such as root vegetables, berries, and herbs, which replace some of the traditional Indian spices. The dish also embraces the New Nordic philosophy of using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, resulting in a lighter and more vibrant version of the original Biryani. We alse have the original recipe for Biryani, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 450 kcal / 1884 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 10g, 4g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 60g, 5g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes, then drain.
  2. 2.
    In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook until golden brown.
  3. 3.
    Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook until browned on all sides.
  4. 4.
    Stir in the diced carrots, parsnip, lingonberries, and all the spices. Cook for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  5. 5.
    Add the soaked and drained rice to the pot, followed by the chicken broth. Season with salt to taste.
  6. 6.
    Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the flavors have melded together.
  7. 7.
    Remove the pot from heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  8. 8.
    Fluff the rice with a fork and garnish with fresh dill, parsley, and thyme leaves before serving.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Basmati rice — Rinse the rice thoroughly to remove excess starch for a fluffy texture.
  • Lingonberries — If fresh lingonberries are not available, you can use frozen lingonberries or substitute with cranberries.
  • Fresh herbs — Add the herbs at the end to preserve their vibrant flavors.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a vegetarian version, replace chicken with roasted root vegetables or tofu.
  • Serve the New Nordic Biryani with a side of pickled vegetables for added freshness.
  • Experiment with different Nordic herbs like lovage or sorrel for a unique twist.
  • Use homemade chicken broth for the best flavor.
  • Leftover New Nordic Biryani can be enjoyed cold as a refreshing rice salad.

Serving advice

Serve the New Nordic Biryani hot, garnished with additional lingonberries and fresh herbs. Accompany it with a dollop of yogurt or a drizzle of lingonberry sauce for added creaminess and tanginess.

Presentation advice

Present the New Nordic Biryani in a shallow bowl, allowing the vibrant colors of the lingonberries and fresh herbs to shine through. Sprinkle some edible flowers on top for an elegant touch.