Vegetable Biryani


Vegetable Biryani is cooked using various spices and the cooking style may differ from place to place.
Here I have cooked veggies and rice in each individual separate pot and finally piled up the rice and veggies together and pressurized (Dum) for 15 to 20 minutes.

To Make This Recipe You will need :

Basmati  Rice
1 Kg
Each 1 cup
Whole  garam  masala’s
Cloves,Cinammon,Cardamom  etc
Badshah  biryani  masala
5 Teaspoons
To taste
Red chilly powder
2- 3 Teaspoons (or) To taste
Ginger – Garlic paste
2  Teaspoons
Turmeric powder
½ Teaspoon
Coriander Powder
2 Teaspoons
Green Chillies
4 ( Long Slits)
Yogurt ( Curd)
½ Cup
Nutmeg (Jaiphal) Powder
2 to 3 Pinches
1 Cup
Cilantro & Mint leaves
½ bunch each
Food Colour ( Kesar/Yellow)
Pinch (diluted in 15ml of water approx)
Ghee (Optional)
2 to 3 Teaspoons
Saffron strands (Optional)
3 to 4 strands (soaked in milk)
Cashewnut/ raisins (Optional)
2 Teaspoons each
Lime Juice
3 to 4 Teaspoons

Method :

Wash and soak the basmati rice for about 20 to 30 minutes

On the other hand boil water in a pot with salt, a few drops of oil(water should be salty) and whole garam masalas except nutmeg (jaiphal).

When water comes to a boil add soaked rice.
Prepare vegetables

  To a hot kadai add 5 tablespoons of oil followed by sliced onions, slit green chilies, ginger garlic paste. Let it cook until it turns out brown in color.

Next add  beans.Cook it till 50% done. 
Next, add carrot and cook until 50% done. Keep an eye on your basmati rice. 
Cook the rice until 80% done
Next capsicum, peas (I boiled peas beforehand)
Cook these vegetables until they are partially roasted.

Remember not to overcook the vegetables. They should not be mashy.
Next, add yogurt. Mix well.

To this mixture add salt (you can add while frying onions for faster caramelization), red chilly powder, coriander powder, biryani masala,  nutmeg powder, turmeric powder, and finally cilantro and mint leaves.

Now drain your 80% cooked rice and spread it in  handi

Top the rice with a vegetable mixture

Again top the vegetable mixture on rice and Sprinkle some biryani masala  and lime juice

Now top the rice with a vegetable mixture and repeat the process until your are done with your veggie mixture and rice.

Finally add cilantro leaves, mint leaves, and oil/ghee, ( If using oil, use preheated oil- 1/2 cup), food color/ ghee.

Pressurize it for  15 minutes. If needed place a tawa underneath the handi for extra minutes of cooking.

Serve with Raita

If you like my recipe of Vegetable Biryani, then do let me know in your comments below. If you happen to make Vegetable Biryani in another method then please let me know in your comments.

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