Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Vegetable Biryani

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This is a simple version of Vegetable Biryani which is served along with raitha. For a quick lunch or to serve your guests in a short notice, this is one of the best dishes. Hope you enjoy the dish. Here you go…

Preparation time: 45 minutes

No. of servings: 5

Spice level: 4 out of 5


  • Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Thinly sliced onions – 1.5 cups cups
  • Tomato – 1
  • Vegetables – 2 cups (carrot, beans, peas, potato)
  • Green chilly – 2 (optional)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Biryani masala – 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1″
  • Black and green cardamom – 1 each
  • Cloves – 4
  • Small bay leaves – 2
  • Black cumin (kala jeera) – 1/2 tsp
  • Mace (javetri) – 1/2 (3/4″ piece)
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) – 3/4 cup
  • Finely chopped mint leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Coconut milk – 1.5 cups
  • Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Cut vegetables into 1″ pieces.
  2. Soak basmati rice for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add kala jeera, cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamoms and cloves. After a minute add onions and fry till it becomes brown.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes and slit green chillies. After two minutes add the vegetables and stir well.
  6. Now add salt, red chili powder, coriander powder, biryani masala and cumin powder.
  7. Cook until the raw smell of the spices are gone for about 5 to 6 minutes.
  8. In between, heat ghee in another pan and add the ground powder followed by add fennel seeds and bay leaves.
  9. Drain rice and add it to the pan. Stir gently without breaking the rice for a minute. Turn off the stove.
  10. Add mint leaves and cilantro to the vegetables and spice mixture. Add some water if required.
  11. A thick gravy is obtained. Add rice to this gravy and mix well.
  12. Remove from heat and transfer it to an electric cooker or pressure cooker. Add 2 1/2 cups of water(approx ratio 1:1.5).
  13. If you are using a pressure cooker, cook the rice for one whistle and then remove from heat.
  14. If you are using an electric cooker as soon as the light turns to warm or the the rice is cooked, transfer the contents to a hot pack or a serving tray to avoid burning rice at the bottom.

veg biryani

:) Serve hot with Raitha.

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