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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.


  1. This looks so delicious and yummy!love the colour.

  2. I love veggie biriyani.
    Yours looks delicious

  3. It came out well ur biryani, Lovely dish!

  4. ur biryani looks so fresh spicy n tasty.. the rice has come so nicely.. seperate..

  5. I love to try different versions of biryani, I’ll be anxious to try yours soon!

  6. Lovely biryani! Looks delicious.

  7. Hi friends, Thanks for your comments and encouragement…

  8. The rice was not attached to each other because I didn’t soak it for a long time in water. Also removed it from that container as soon as it was cooked.

  9. biriyani looks delicious and so colorful

  10. Wonderful recipe. fennel adds great flavour.

  11. Fabulous looking Biryani Nithu, must try fir me,thanks for posting!:)

  12. the biriyani looks perfect….nice colour

  13. I love biryani. Your version looks wonderful. Yum!

    Lane of

  14. hey nithu thanks for visiting me.. shriya usually visits me but glad that u did and like the Chole bhature..

  15. That’s nice looking briyani you got there.. =P~

  16. Hi Nithu,
    thanks for your comment on my blog…
    Biryani looks amazing..delicious 😛


  17. First time here. Lovelyblog.Biryani looks yum! Will be back latr for a more leisurely look.

  18. hi nithu,

    i saw the vegetable briyani recipes…it’s look’s really yummy. on your recipe you did not tell about the water. how many cup of water should we add for this recipe. pls let me know. i think its important. thank you.

  19. What an amazing recipe, I’ve been searching for a good biryani for ages and this one really fits the bill – many thanks!


    • Hai Neethu, I got your recepe.Iam going to cook it this friday for my guest.I will tell you their comments later.
      Thank You.

  21. when do we add the clove, cinamon powder?

  22. hii…
    wat vegetable gravy r u tokin abt??…i am actuly confusd ..itz not der in ur ingredient list !

  23. Hi Shais, As I have mentioned add the ground cinnamon, cloves and cardamom powder to oil when it is hot.

    Hi Salma, Once you cook all the vegetables and masala together, you get a gravy. Add that to the rice.

  24. Hi Nithu,

    Excellent recipie .. I tried it today and it came out so so good.. really really delicious. Keep posting more interesting recipies!!

  25. Thanks Geetika. Glad u liked it.

  26. Hi Nithu,

    your biryani looks delicious…am pregnant and have morning sickness so not able to eat many dishes..will ask my hubby to prepare tis biryani for me looks tempting…

  27. Hi Nithu,

    First time to tis blog.. it looks delicious.. im goona cook tis for my friends who r coming to meet me tis sunday….. it ll be a blast i guess… keep posting new receipes…

  28. Want to try this recipe but a bit confused what ground powder do you add to the ghee. please advise

  29. Hi Denise, sorry for the confusion. When I updated a few points, looks like I didn’t remove it. I have corrected it now. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know how it turns out.

  30. Hi Nithu,

    Can you please let us know how to make the home made biriyani masala??? it would be helpful as i dont prefer the readymade one.

    • Hi Poornima, Sorry I don’t know how I missed your comment. Sure will post a recipe for Biryani masala soon.

  31. Nithu ur recipie looks really tempting. I will try it soon .. but I have some confusion????? u have mentioned fennel seeds for seasoning the uncooked rice …. right ? & fennel seed means saunf. So far as my knowledge is concerned v usually use shah jeera for seasoning of rice .So is it my mistake that u have mentioned so ? plz clarify.

    • Thanks Neha. Yeah, I have used fennel seeds here. Like u said you can also use shah jeera for seasoning.

  32. Tried yesterday. Tasted very good. Thanks Nithu!

    • Thanks Priya.

      • Your biryani is appetising. Could you pl. tell me which brand of biryani masala you use.


      • I generally use “Shakthi” biryani masala or “Shan” biryani masala.

  33. ur biryani is looking really delicious….i am definately gonna try this..hoping dat mine one will also come out same:-))

  34. im definately goona try looks great

  35. im definately gonna try looks great

  36. wooow…i tried it worked out really well and very tasty