Monday, May 24, 2010

Veg Biryani

For vegetarians, who love rice with veggies this is one perfect meal. The vegetables used can be as per choice. I usually use vegetables like carrots (juliennes), beans (juliennes), potatoes (diced), cauliflower (florets), green peas, mushrooms etc. Here goes the recipe...

Basmati rice - 5 cups
Onions - 3 nos
Tomatoes - 2 nos
Ginger - garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Chilly powder - 3 tbsp
Carrots - 2 nos
Beans - 1/2 cup
Green peas - 1/2 cup
Mushrooms - 1 cup
Yogurt - 1 tbsp
Lime juice - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamom - 4 nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Mace - 2 nos
Aniseed - 1/2 tsp
Dried plums with pits - 2 nos
veg stock cube - 1 nos
Screw pines or Kewra/ketaki flower( optional ) - just for flavour
Food colors (optional) or saffron strands - 1 pinch
Salt for taste
Ghee - 1 cup

Soak basmati rice for 30 min then cook it in hot boiling water along with salt until its almost done (not fully cooked), strain water using a colander and keep the rice aside. In a wok, Add 1/2 cup ghee, when hot add all the whole spices like cloves, cardamom, Cinnamon, bay leaves, mace, aniseed, kewra and stir till the aroma is released. Now add finely sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a min. Add turmeric powder, and chilly powder and stir for 1/2 min. Now add tomatoes along with coriander powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder, dried plums with pits and veg stock cube and cook till oil separates. Now add all the vegetables like carrot and beans (cut into thin strips), Mushrooms, green peas, yogurt, lime juice, enough salt and cook till it done (can add little water if required). Just see that the masala is dry and the ghee is floating on top. Now this is done. Take a baking try, grease it with ghee and spread a layer of rice, top it with a layer of masala, then again a layer of rice, then masala, then finally cover with rice and pour the remaining ghee all over it. Pour some colored water if you wish your biryani to be colorful. Cover with aluminium foil and bake at 200 degrees Celsius/400 degree Fahrenheit for 15 min and its done. Garnish with fried onions, cashews, saffron etc. Serve hot along with raitha

Looking for Mutton biryani recipe
or Fish biryani recipe


  1. Hi Rach , Thats a perfect looking biryani..i love to try different types and this looks very delicious...

  2. really delicious biryani.if add any nonveg curry wow how delicious it would be..yummy one..the raitha and egg wow mouthwatering one

  3. Delicious Biryani..looks so perfect
    would love to try this.

  4. Thanks Rach for dropping by .I loved going through your recipes.

    Will be back for more.

  5. looks bful and delcious dear..awesome color..pls collect ur award from my blog

  6. Ohh wow I can smell the nice aroma of biryani till here..looks delicious..

  7. Thanks Panchpakwan :) My kitchen did have lots of lovely and nice aroma when I prepared this :)

  8. dear just copy the pic and paste it in ur blog and post it tht u got a award ...send to 7 frnds it????thanks for ur wonderful words darling..ler me knw if u need any help..u r most welcome..

  9. Thanks Sanyukta :) Let me try now

  10. veg biriyani amazing i love tit i like biriyani i like to have it its really delicious

  11. Was looking out for a good veg biryani recipe and this seems to be perfect!

  12. Thanks My cooking experiments :)


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