09 October, 2006

Veg Biryani

Yesterday was Sunday... As usual our special food cooking day... I had made-up my mind last weekend itself that its gonna be the "Biryani" special...
I love making Biryani. Its a special dish for me which shows why I love cooking so much... The experience of cooking biryani is very special. The array of vegetables chopping, the aroma of spices, lovely saffron and the fragrant aroma of frying onions in ghee always amaze me... You will find different ways of cooking biryani's everytime... The ingredients may vary but the end result is always same...Fantabulous....

Veg Biryani with Carrot Raita

3 cups basmati rice, washed and soaked for 30 minutes
3 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 big carrots, cut into long strips
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
8-10 Green beans, Cut into long strips
3/4 cup of Green peas
10-12 florets of Cauliflower
1 tbps Ginger paste
1 tbsp Garlic paste
1 tin of Coconut Cream
1/2 cup Ghee or vegetable oil
Pinch of saffron stands
1/2 cup of Milk, warm
2 tbsp of finely chopped coriander
Handful of raisins and cashwes, fried in ghee
1 Cinnamon(pulao) leaf
Salt to taste

Veggies used in Biryani

To grind coarlsly:
1" Cinnamon Stick
4 Cloves
4 Green Cardamom
1 Black Cardamom
1 Maratha Muggu

Fry 1 onion slices in hot ghee until it becomes golden brown and little crisp. Keep them aside.
Fry rest of the onion slices in hot ghee (or oil) until golden.
Add ginger and garlic paste to it and fry till they leave their raw smell.
To this add the ground mixture and fry for a mintue.
Add potatoes, carrots, cauliflower,green peas, beans.
Then add 1 cup of coconut milk, salt and Everest biryani mix. Fry for 15 minutes.
Add about a cup of water and cook on low heat until the vegetables are tender.
Then increase the heat and stir fry until the oil separates from the gravy.
In a pressure cooker add 2 tblsp ghee and add cinnamon leaf and rice. Fry this rice for 2-3 minutes till ghee covers it all.
To this add remaining coconut milk, milk, salt and enough water and pressure cook the rice.(3 whistle)
Now layer the pressure cooker with Rice-Vegetables-Rice-Cashwes & Raisins-Fried Onions.
Add safforon starnds to 1/4 glass of warm milk and mix well. Sprinkle this mixture to the layered biriyani.
Put a banana leaf(I used tin foil instead) on the top of this layer and keep some weight on it.
Close the lid of pressure cooker and keep it in medium flame for 5 mins.
Mix well and Serve hot with raita or your favourite curry.

Veg Biryani

Instead of coconut milk you can use yogurt.
Try using little bit of mint paste which adds wonderful frgrance to the biryani.

The main ingredients in Biryani Mix:
Black Cardamom.
Black Pepper.
Cassia Leaf.
Kasuri Methi.


  1. Looks so good. I am going to try it tomorrow. Thanks for the post.


  2. hi rumya,
    do let know how u like it:)

  3. Hi Sia,

    I am a regular reader of your blog and needless to say I have tried many of your recipes and they have turned out very good.
    I was just going through your biriyani recipe and had a few doubts.
    1. How do I layer the rice with veggies?
    2. Is one layer of rice with veggies is enough? And the second layer with dried nuts?


  4. Hi Rajani,
    First layer is rice and then the veggie. on top of these veggies add another layer of rice and then the fried onions. drizzle saffron milk on top and then proceed as suggested in the recipe. hope this helps :)

  5. Sia Didi,

    Regarding the Biryani Mix masala at the end- please do shed some light on the proportions of each spice.

    I've heard that some Hyderabadi Biryani recipes are family heirlooms. Thanks for providing the beginning of what I hope will be a family gem.

    Cheers to you too!


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