Easy Vegetable Biryani
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6 People
To grind coarsely
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch
  • Garlic- 3 cloves
  • Cardamom- 2
  • Cloves- 2
  • Cinnamon- 2 inch
  • Whole pepper corns- ½ tsp
Making Vegetable Masala
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Ghee or clarified butter- 1 tbsp
  • Onions, cut long and thin - 2, large
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig (optional)
  • Mixed veggies, cut small- 2 cups (carrot, beans, peas, corn, potato)
  • Chili powder- ¼ tbsp
  • fennel powder- ½ tbsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  • Salt- to taste
  • Coconut milk- ¼ cup
Making rice
  • Basmati rice- 2 cups
  • Water- 3½ cups
  • Salt- to taste
  • Ghee- 2 tbsp
Other ingredients
  • Saffron- 2 pinches, soaked in 1 tbsp water
  • Almonds or cashew nuts roasted in ghee- ¼ cup
  • Ghee, melted- 2 tbsp
  1. Cook the basmati rice in a rice cooker along with water, salt and ghee. Keep aside the cooked basmati rice.
  2. Coarsely grind the above mentioned ingredients "to grind coarsely" in a blender. Keep aside.
  3. Place a pressure cooker over medium heat, add oil and ghee, let it turn hot.
  4. Add onions and a little salt, curry leaves, saute till translucent.
  5. Add the coarsely ground mix, saute till aromatic.
  6. Saute till the onions turn golden in color.
  7. Add mixed veggies, combine well and cook for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add chili powder and fennel powder, combine well.
  9. Add coconut milk, combine well.
  10. Add cilantro, combine well.
  11. Add salt to taste.
  12. Cover the cooker and cook till 2 whistles.
  13. Let the pressure subside and open the cooker.
  14. If the veggie mixture is watery, cook over high heat till the gravy thickens. Don't make into a dry mixture, there should be some water in the veggies.
  15. Add the cooked basmati rice into a large wide pan, add the veggie masala over the rice, combine well into the rice.
  16. Drizzle ghee over the rice.
  17. Garnish with saffron and roasted almonds.
  18. If you want you could even add fried onions, this will enhance the taste of the biryani.
  19. Cover the biryani for some time.
  20. Serve along with yogurt raita and pappadam or lentil wafers.
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