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Vegetable Biryani

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I guess Vegetable Biryani is a favorite dish to most of us. It’s good taste and aroma is driven from its ingredients which includes most of the spices. There are many methods for preparing Veg biryani. Here I present a simple method which is best suited for amateurs.


Rice – 1.5 cup

Carrot -1 no

Beans – 7 nos

Potato – 2 no

Peas – 1/4 cup

Onion – 1 medium size, sliced

Tomato – 1 medium size, chopped

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch

Garlic – 3 cloves

Coriander leaves – 4 string

Curry leaves – 1 string

Butter/Oil – 2 tablespoon

Poppy seeds – 1 teaspoon

Fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Bay leaves – 1/2 leaf

Cloves – 2

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch

Green chilli – 1

Cardamon – 3

Red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Water – 3 cups


1) Wash carrot, beans, potato and peas well. Cut them along in an inch length slices.

2) Grind ginger, garlic, coriander leaves, poppy seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1 clove, 1/2 Cinnamon stick, green chilli and cardamon together in a mixer / food processor and make a paste out of them. While grinding don’t add water. If required add only a tablespoon of water. Keep this paste aside.

3) Wash the basmati rice twice or thrice till the water used for washing becomes clear.

4) Take a pan and add 1/2 tablespoon of oil in it.  Add the washed rice and gently fry the rice for a minute. Keep aside the fried rice.

5) Take a steam cooker and add the remaining oil in it.

6) Add the remaining ingredients namely fennel seeds, cumin seeds, clove,1/2 Cinnamon stick and curry leaves. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.

7) Add onion and saute them till they turn translucent.

8) Add tomato and saute them till they are mashed completely.

9) Add the well ground masala paste (as said in step 2) with this and saute them again for few minutes. Make sure the flame is in medium / low level.Otherwise the masala paste might get burnt.

10) Add vegetables and sprinkle handful of water. Allow the vegetables to cook for sometime. It is enough if the vegetables are even half-cooked.

11) Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix it well.

12) Add roasted rice (as said in step 4) and then add 1 and 3/4 cups of water and a cup of coconut milk to it.

13) Mix well. Now it is the apt time to taste and see if anything is missing or gone wrong. Adjust salt or extra spice as it suits your taste.

14) Close the steam cooker using its lid and wait until it produces three whistles or less according to your rice type. (I usually wait for 3 whistles for the basmati rice).

15) When pressure releases from the cooker, open the lid and mix the rice gently.

16) Serve the vegetable biryani with raitha.


1) You can add any vegetable of your choice for Biryani.

2) I would suggest to follow the Basmathi rice and water ratio as instructed in the rice pack to get proper results. I usually follow 1:1 for rice and water for biryani for the rice what I use.

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you mentioned coconut in the indgredients and never used it in the recipe…!! I missed to put it as well 🙁


I am sorry Anonymous. As it was lil lengthy recipe, I missed it to mention. Thanks for notifying now. Corrected it now.

Roopavathy M

Hi Uma, Tried ur recipe today and it was liked by everyone in our family.. Thank u for sharing a good recipe. Keep it up 🙂