February 4, 2010

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani is one of the most hit veggie recipe in our household.Kids will love it as we need not add much spices like the non veg biryani's. Most of them do not use cabbage,but it adds great taste.This is must try recipe. Works well for the weekends and special occasions.Try out and enjoy your lunch!

 Vegetable Biryani

Preparation Time - 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 15 - 20 minutes

Serves : 4 - 6 people


Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Carrot - 2 no
Green Beans - 10 - 15 no
Cabbage - 1 small portion from a medium size cabbage
Green Peas - 1 cup
Onion - 2 no
Tomato - 2 no
Garlic cloves - 6 no
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 1/2 tsp
Green Chilly paste - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 handful
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Mint Leaves - 1 handful
Chilly Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Coconut Milk - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt - for taste
Oil - 3 tsps
Ghee 3 tsps

For tempering

Cinnamon - 2 sticks
Cardamom - 4 no
Cloves - 2 no
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Bay leaf - 3 nos

  • Wash and cut the vegetables into equal sized pieces.
  • Slice onion, garlic and tomatoes into thin slices.
  • Wash and cut mint and coriander leaves.
  • Wash rice and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oil and ghee in a pressure cooker ,add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, fennel seeds in medium flame.
  • Add the chopped garlic cloves, followed by the turmeric powder in medium flame,when garlic changes color add the mint leaves.
  • Add onions, curry leaves and saute well until onion is transparent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, green chilly paste and saute raw smell goes away in medium flame.
  • Add tomato and saute at regular intervals until oil comes out.
  • Now add chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt and saute.
  • Next add the chopped vegetables and mix all the ingredients so that the masala is coated onto the vegetables.
  • Add coconut milk and mix well. Add half of the coriander leaves
  • Once vegetable mixture is slightly cooked, add required water ( 1 cup rice : 1/2 cup water, and allow it to boil.
  • At this stage add the rice and mix carefully without braking the rice.
  • Sprinkle the lemon juice and pressure cook for 2 whistles in high.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with onion raitha.
My Notes

  • Adding exact quantity of water for cooking the rice very important when making biryani's. If more water is added the rice will be become sticky. Refer to the water level mentioned below.

  • If you do not have coconut milk you can also add 2 tsps pf curd to the vegetable mix.
Water level

Pressure cooker : For 1 cup rice - 1 1/2 cup water
Rice Cooker : For 1 cup rice - 1 3/4 cup water
Conventional oven : For 1 cup rice - 1 1/4 cup water



veg biriyani looks delicious ...

@Anonymous : Water measurements are provided in the Notes section

Can we add 1:2 water ratio for this Briyani and keep in high for 2 whistles? It won't stick at the bottom right?

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