Friday, 21 August 2009

Vegetable Biriyani

Vegetable Biriyani
VEGETABLE BIRIYANI - a festival of vegetables

This is an entry to Chaitra's Rice feast event . Check out !
Things needed :

For Rice:
Basmati Rice - 1 kg
Crush roughly the following whole garam masalas & keep aside.
Cloves - 6 , Cardamom - 4 , Cinnamon - 4 one inch sticks ,Star aniseed - 1, Bay leaves - 2,
Black cumin - 1 tsp , Black pepper - 1tsp , Bay leaves - 1

Vegetables :
Carrot + beans - 200 gm each (thin 2 inch long pieces)
Peas - 1/2 cup
Note : You can always add more vegetables if you want like Potatoes, Cabbage,Spring onions . Use the ones you have at the moment.But don't use ladies finger or so :)

For Gravy:
Ginger - Garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Green chillies - 2 chopped
Tomatoes - 2 small
Cardamom - 4 , Cumin - 1/4 tsp , Cinnamon - 3 one inch pieces , Cloves - 5 , Black pepper - 1/4 tsp ( you can also replace these spices with 1 tbsp biriyani masala )
Cream - 4 tbsp
Yogurt - 5 tbsp
Lemon juice - that from one lemon

For Garnishing :
Capsicum - 2 ,
Onion - 2 , sliced thin
Nuts & raisins - a handful
Coriander leaves - a bunch, chopped
& mint leaves - a bunch , chopped

Preparation method :
Heat Ghee . Add the crushed masalas. Saute for 3 secs.
Add the carrot , beans & peas . Saute & fry till the crispiness of veg goes.
Add rice, 3 tsp salt and double ( best is a bit less than double) quantity of water.
Close the lid and wait until the pot fills with steam . reduce the flame & let it cook in the steam.

Heat Ghee in another nonstick pan. Roast the nuts -raisins & keep aside.
Fry sliced onions until brown.
Fry Capsicum until its rawness goes ( add a pinch of salt into it while frying) , still keeping the crispiness .
Keep aside all the fried ingredients.

For making Gravy , Saute ginger -garlic paste in the oil until its rawness goes. Add chopped greenchillies & crushed spices.
Add chopped tomatoes into this , when it is mashy, add yogurt & lemon juice . Cook well .
Finally finish adding cream & heat for 2 more mins..

Take a deep bowl for baking . Layer the rice & gravy alternatively in this , top the bowl with nuts-raisins , Capsicum & chopped leaves bake for 30 - 45 min in 180 degree heated oven.

Mix well & serve topped with fried onions. Goes well with a yogurt salad.


  1. Vegetable biryani looks very delicious.Your recipe is quite different from mine and I shall try it out definitely.
    Ofcourse I have written the poem as I am born and brought up at Jamshedpur.
    Thanks for your comments but I didn't understand as what you have mentioned "I looked for a menu in ur site, so i can c ur previous posts, but i cudn't c any " plz clarify it.

  2. the earlier comments just dissapeared when I selected the profile as google account. the space would become vacant and again on redoing the same thing happened, but now its working fine again. This is a recipe that I make, and my kids love it with raita. esp freat for wintry nights.

  3. First time here !!Love this yummy n inviting version of Veg Biryani!!!
    Inviting you to participate in Rice feast event!!


  4. Hi Babli,
    Thanks for the comment ya ..
    yes all recipes are on the front page right ? first I didn't understand it & looked for navigation link to old posts ...a bit confusion :)
    I liked the music from ur site ..very creative !

  5. Dear Sujata thanks for notifying me. & thank god its working again, becuz I have no clue on how to deal with it ..yes try the recipe & tell me , c u later :)

  6. Hi Chaitra,
    Thanks for stopping by
    Please tell me what I have to do for participating in such events . I am almost a newbie in things like that !


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