Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vegetable Biryani

A rice dish which is a combination of rice with various veggies and aromatic spices.

For Rice:
Basmathi Rice-1 cup
Water-1 nd 1/2 cup
Cardamonm -2
Bay Leaves-1 no
Cinamon stick-1 inch
Salt to taste(minimum)
Ghee-1 tsp
Water to cook rice.

Saffron- a small pinch
Milk-1 to 2 tbsp(warm)
**Using a mortar and pestle crush the saffron with milk for max colour and flavor. Keep aside.

For Gravy:
Beans, cauliflower, Carrot, Beetroot, Green peas,Tomato-Altogether it was about 2 cups(cut to equal sizes)
Onion-1 no(thinly sliced)
Green chilli-1 no

Ginger-Garlic paste-1 tbsp
Yogurt-2 to 3 tbsp

Salt to taste.
vegetable oil- 2 tbsp

Masala powders:
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Biryani Masala-1 tsp
Garam Masala-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Bay leaves-2 no
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Cloves-2 no
Cinnamon stick-1 small piece

To Fry:
Cashew nuts- few
Raisins- few
Ghee-1 tbsp
**Fry nuts and keep aside.
**keep the remaining ghee aside  too.

Method Of Preparation:
For Rice:
1. Wash the rice and soak  it in water for 10 min,so that you get fluffy rice.
2. Add water to the rice in a cooker and cook without the whistle on high. When high pressure starts to come reduce flame to low, put the whistle and cook for 5 min.Turn off the heat.Open the cooker once its cool and fluff the rice using fork.

To make the gravy:
1. In a wok,heat oil add cumin  along with spices and  fry for a minute.
2. Fry the ginger garlic paste.Then fry onions till translucent. Add masala powders and fry for 1 to 2 mins.Do not burn it.
3. Add the tomatoes and cook it till it turns soft.
4. Then add all the vegetables along with curd and mix well. Add sufficient water & salt to cook the veggies, you should get about 1/4 to 1/2 cup thick gravy after the veggies get cooked.So add water accordingly.
5. The veggies should be cooked 3/4th only. It should not be mushy.
6. when the veggies look cooked turn of the heat after checking the  gravy.

To assemble:
1. Now add about 2 tsp of ghee in a pressure cooker. Add 1/2 of the cooked vegetables along with gravy and layer it. Now add the cooked rice on top. Again the gravy and followed by rice.
2. Now sprinkle the  ghee after frying nuts and saffron mixed with milk on top of the rice.
3. Close the cooker without weight and heat it on high for a min and on low for  15 to 20 mins.Turn off the heat.Open after 5 mins. Garnish with fried nuts. Serve warm.
Biryani with less turmeric powder and  no saffron.

Raita Recipe

Onion-1 small
Cucumber-1 small
Tomato-1 small
Carrot-1 small
Green chilli-2 small
Yogurt-1/2 cup
Water-2 tbsp
Chaat Masala-a pinch(optional)
Coriander leaves-1 tsp(cut)
Salt to taste

Method Of Preparation:
1. Cut all veggies to small/ medium sized pieces.Add salt,yogurt and water and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and chaat masala.
** Add or remove veg according to ur taste.

1. See that the veg gravy added at the bottom has 3/4 of the liquid gravy, so that the dish doesnt burn. Keep it on low, else sure it will burn at the bottom.
2. You can also cook the rice in a separate vessel instead of pressure cooker with required amount of water, till the rice is 3/4 th done.
3. Add or remove veg according to ur interest.
4. Spread 1/2 tsp of garam masala on top, if you wish.
5. Add salt very carefully as it is added in many places.


  1. Reshmi, biriyani looks awesome :)

  2. Adipoli Biriyani....yummmmmmy!!!

  3. awesome biriyani.. something i would love to have anytime!!

  4. awesome biriyani.. something i would love to have anytime!!

  5. Makes me hungry,flavorful and yummy biryani..yum

  6. How I wish some for my lunch right now ~ decadent, exotic biryani! YUM!

  7. Biriyani looks delicious and tempting,perfectly done.

  8. I am droooooooooling here.Lovely lip smacking veg biryani.

  9. vegetable biriyani looks delicious. Love to make them whenever I get lazy.

  10. Dear Reshmi
    How are you? It has been ages since I ate Vege Biriyani. Must try it soon. Have a nice week

  11. My all time Fav., dish,Nice Picture!!

  12. Nice recipe...Perfect comfort food for me...

  13. wow, very delicious and flavourful biryani..superb clicks and presentation..

  14. Tempting and beautiful presentation.. looks so tempting!!

  15. Biriyani looks so inviting and the pictures are awesome.

  16. Hi Reshmi,thanks for the add.This Veg.Biryani luks Yumm and finger-lickingly good.Luv ur recipes and Yumm blog.Following U.

  17. biriyani is awesome.. you have mastered photography too. And glad my 'picky eaters' post was helpful to you. We just got to wait and try, hang in there, it will be much better. Nowadays when Omy says no to food, i just leave it in front of him and don't bother to run behind begging him to eat. After hours he himself grabs the plate and start eating. So they will eat when they get hungry!

  18. Wow that Briyani and raita looks yum

  19. Yummy and flavorful biriyani..looks very tempting

  20. The Biryani looks beautiful... lovely vibrant colours and the texture is just the way I love it :) A great veg dish...

  21. wow veg biriyani ...u make it look so exotic

  22. Flavourful briyani, makes me hungry, both dishes tempts me a lot..

  23. Veg biryani looks yummy, delicious, flavourful and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation.

  24. Look so perfect ...beautiful clicks and love the setup

  25. great presentation and veg biryani is always a hit!

  26. nice n yummy biriyani..looks delicious

  27. My all time favorite .Pictures are so tempting

  28. Wow! Tempting biriyani. Always wanted to make a yummy veg biriyani. This one looks superb..

  29. delicious recipe...just this morning I was thinking of a diff veg biriyani recipe other than my usual one...will try soon...lovely clicks

  30. Biryani is my favourite dish. And the one here looks yummy. Lovely clicks

  31. Beautiful and flavorful biryani! Next time I will try without cooked rice for idli and let u know :)

  32. Aromatic and flavourful rice, beautiful pictures.

  33. hi reshmi, yummy, delicious rice with rich ingredients and delicious looking raita too .
    -never tried this before :)
    and of course the appetizing papadam crackers (this one i know)

  34. Biryani looks inviting & delicious!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  35. looks so yummy & I am getting hungry now!! :)

  36. You are styling it very good Reshmi!! keep up the good work ;)...Rice looks heavenly!

  37. Perfect..I can say that from the way it looks :-)

  38. Ahhhh yummyyyy biryani!!


  39. Thanks Reshmi for the lovely comment on my blog! Delighted to find yours! The biryani looks so fragrant & flavourful & loved the raitha recipe - bookmarked for sure :) Glad to follow u

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  41. flavorful n irresistable..awesome presentation..
    Tasty Appetite

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  43. Biryani...... I love this. perfectlt done. Picture are making me so hungry.



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