Saturday, February 18, 2012

Vegetarian Biryani

Vegetarian Biryani is a  favorite in my family. When I got married, I didn't have much experience in cooking, so I decided to learn few dishes and this is an outcome of that learning.
Biryani  is prepared by cooking rice and layering it with vegetables and spices.  Saffron and mint leaves are used in this dish that give it a flavorful aroma. Its a great dish for entertaining or as a main dish too.

2 cups Basmati rice
2 cups water to cook the rice
1 medium carrot chopped in cubes
1/2 cup peas (semi cooked or fresh)
1/4 cup cut cauliflower florets
1/4 cup  fresh green beans chopped in  small cubes
2  medium size onion pureed
1 medium size onion sliced thin and shallow fry to use later.
2  medium tomato pureed
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
4 to 5 green chilies chopped
3 to 4 mint leaves
2 tsp salt
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 to 3 bay leaves
2 to 3 small cardamom, peel and use the seeds
1 tsp Freshly ground garam masala powder/ready masala powder  available in Indian stores.
5 tbsp oil
4 to 5  strands of saffron, soak saffron strands  in 1/4 cup milk.
1/4 cashews ,shallow fried.
1/4 cup water

1. Rinse the rice well ,soak in 2 cups water for about 10 to 15 minute ,cook rice in open pan for approximately 20 minutes, till fluffy and cooked, but don't overcook the rice,drain and keep aside. 
2. Heat oil in a skillet,add  onions, bay leaves saute till  onions appear golden brown,add in the spices,ginger garlic paste,green chilies, small cardamom and tomato puree. Cook another few minutes,add in the vegetables, garam masala and 1/4 cup water, cover with a lid  to cook the vegetables over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Keep the ready vegetable gravy aside.
3. To start layering, dish out a layer of cooked rice on the bottom of  a rectangular baking  dish.Add few sprinkles of saffron milk over the layered rice,next add a big tbsp of cooked vegetable gravy. Follow with the cooked rice layer, Layer with fried onions,cashew and chopped mint leaves. Again follow with rice layer,followed with vegetable gravy layer.
4. Repeat these layers, Cover with silver foil and bake in oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.Take out of oven, garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves Serve hot biryani  with raita or  plain yogurt.

Vegetable Biryani

Do share your recipes & ideas with all . Could be something new you tried out or something that your family loves to eat together. You can email the photo and recipe at  my gmail address ( 

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  1. Viya Di,Congratulations on this venture,really loved your blog and site & your mouthwatering recipes...Being one of your first student its a priviledge to have all your scrumptious recipes online now :))feels gr8!! Will surely try them!!

    1. Hey Meenal,
      Thanks for your comment, also I enjoyed our cooking time together :) and the interest you showed:)) was gr8, thxs:)

  2. I've made this maybe 3 or 4 times now. turned out great every time! thanks a lot :)
    Alaska Fishing


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