Veg Biryani Recipe

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Steam Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

This scrumptious Veg Biryani recipe is a must-try for house parties, family get-together or other celebratory occasions. Take time to impress your friends and family with this super tasty Veg Biryani. All you need to do is to follow this step-by-step process. 

This delicious Indian recipe is healthy as well, with a fine assortment of fresh veggies like tomato, onion, beans, carrot and soy chunks. (You can add any other vegetable of your choice too). The vegetables are gently cooked with the mentioned flavoured spices. Meanwhile, the basmati rice is parboiled and kept aside. 

The cooked rice combined with the masala blend gives away an irresistible aroma. This recipe uses the special Dum technique of layering the rice and vegetables till they are cooked well. This traditional Veg Biryani recipe is loved by all for its mouth-watering taste.

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  • For rice:
  • 2 cups - Long grain rice
  • 2-3 Bay leaves
  • 2-3 Cardamom pods (bruised)
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • Ghee - 1 tsp
  • 1/2 cup - mint leaves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1-2 cinnamon, small piece
  • water - as required
  • salt according to taste
  • For Vegetables: 100 gms - Meal Maker/ Soy chunks
  • 2 Onions ( thin sliced)
  • 2 Tomatoes ( chopped)
  • 2 Carrots (diced)
  • 1/2 cup - Beans (diced)
  • 5-6 Almonds (slivered)
  • Cashews- 5-6 (halved)
  • 3-4 tbsp - Oil
  • 1/2 cup - Curd
  • 2 tbsp - Ghee (optional)
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks, (small pieces)
  • 1 tsp - ginger paste
  • 1 tsp - garlic paste
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves (chopped)
  • salt according to taste
  • 1/4 tsp - sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp - Chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp - Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp - Biryani masala, store bought or
  • Make at home: 4-5 cloves
  • 1-2 small piece cinnamon stick,
  • 3-4 cardamom, 1 tsp shahi jeera,
  • 12-14 peppercorns, roast all and grind to powder
  • Garnish: Fresh sliced tomatoes
  • Caramelized onions & garlic
  • Accompaniments: Raita
  • Mushroom masala
  • Aloo gobhi

How to Make Veg Biryani Recipe

  • Pre-preparation:
  • Soak the meal maker in water till soft.
  • Squeeze the water once soft and keep aside.
  • Step 1:
  • In a heavy pan, add oil and saute the spices - cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, followed by dry fruit, garlic and onion.
  • Once browned, add the ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till mashed, followed by the spices, chilli powder, coriander powder, biryani powder, salt and turmeric.
  • Reduce heat completely and add curd. Mix well.
  • Once cooked, add the meal maker and vegetables and cook till half done.
  • Step 2:
  • Pre-soak the basmati rice in water for 10-15 mins or follow the instructions mentioned on the cover.
  • Cook the rice with all the condiments as well as the saffron strands soaked in water.
  • Once partly cooked, strain in a colander and keep aside, giving a gentle stir ensuring it is only par boiled. Keep aside.
  • Step 3:
  • Gradually incorporate the vegetable masala into the rice, slowly folding it in the rice.
  • Alternatively, you could follow the layering technique used in dum biryani.
  • Place a layer of rice followed by the caramelized onions and garlic.
  • Pour a small portion of the saffron soaked milk.
  • Repeat the process till the rice and vegetables have been completely layered.
  • Cover with a lid, and let the rice and vegetable cook together for an additional 10-15 mins on medium heat.
  • Seal the lid with the dough you use to make rotis.
  • When done, do not break off the dough immediately.
  • Let it rest for 10 mins, then serve garnished with coriander.
  • Best Accompaniments: Raita or any spicy Indian gravy.