Veg Biryani Recipe

Veg Biryani Recipe

    Veg Biryani Recipe

    With all those Indian whole spices, saffron, ghee, friend onions & a lots of vegetables, Biryani is the toast of South Asian cooking; every country that I have travelled to, have found that it’s one of the most known dishes abroad. Presenting a treat for vegetarians – the Veg Biryani – a recipe I picked up from my mother.

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    • 2 Cup already boiled long-grain rice (boil with little salt, 4 cloves, 1 stick cinnamon, 5 to 6 whole black pepper, 1 bay leave)
    • 3 tsp Oil
    • 1 tsp Jeera (Cumin seeds)
    • 2-3 tsp Garlic cloves – finely chopped.
    • 1 tsp Ginger – finely chopped.
    • 1 Onion big size – finely chopped
    • 2 Onions – thinly sliced& fried.
    • 1 cup of mixed vegetables (Carrot, Cauli flower, French beans, Capsicum, Green peas).
    • 1 Tomato small size
    • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder.
    • 1 tsp Red chilly powder.
    • 2 tsp Biryani Masala.
    • 2 tbs Curd.
    • A piece of charcoal
    • A big pinch of saffron (diluted into warm milk) Some mint & coriander leaves.
    • 6-7 tsp Ghee (clarified butter)
    • Handful of cashews.
    • Salt as per taste.


    • Take two cup of already boiled rice.
    • The rice should be boiled with salt, cloves, cinnamon, whole black pepper & bay leaves.
    • We will first make the Masala for the biryani.
    • Heat the pan on medium flame.
    • Add 3 tsp Oil. 
    • We will use Ghee later on.
    • Add 1 tsp of Jeera (Cumin seeds) & let it cook.

    You may add some more whole spices however, as I will use Biryani Masala, you don’t need to add more spices at this stage.

    • Add 2-3 tsp Garlic Cloves – finely chopped.
    • Add 1 tsp Ginger – finely chopped.
    • Add 1 finely chopped onion.
    • Add salt as per taste.
    • Keep fried onion slices ready for layering the biryani later on.
    • Keep a cup of mixed vegetables ready.
    • As onions cook, they will turn little brown.
    • Add chopped tomato.
    • Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
    • Add 1 tsp Red chilly powder.
    • Add 2 tsp Biryani Masala.
    • Add all the mixed vegetables.
    • Mix it well.
    • Add some water.


    When you add curd, ensure the flame is stopped, else curd will curdle.

    • Switch off the flame & add 2 tbs curd.
    • We want little runny consistency of the vegetables (but not watery) Biryani vegetables are ready. Keep them aside.
    • Take a piece of charcoal and put it on flame to heat for 15-20 minutes.
    • We want charcoal to be piping hot.
    • Charcoal will give our Biryani the smokey flavour.
    • While charcoal gets heated, we will begin layering the Biryani.
    • Keep the saffron diluted milk ready.
    • In a bowl take boiled rice, and make the first layer.
    • Topple it with another layer of Biryani vegetable masala.
    • Take handful of friend onion slices for the next layer on top.
    • Drizzle few spoons of Saffron diluted milk.
    • You can also mix the saffron milk into rice to give the colour to Biryani.
    • Spread few leaves of Mint & Coriander.
    • Drizzle some Ghee on top.
    • Repeat the layers once again with Rice.
    • And mixed vegetables biryani masala.
    • Friend onions layer once again
    • Layer of diluted saffron milk.
    • Mint & Coriander leaves.
    • And desi Ghee.
    • Cover it with boiled rice again.
    • Garnish with friend onion, diluted saffron milk, mint & coriander leaves, Ghee & cashews.
    • Now we will give smokey flavour using charcoal.
    • Place a small plate on top of biryani & place piping hot charcoal on top.
    • Keep the cover ready.
    • Pour some ghee on the charcoal & immediately cover the bowl.
    • You will see smoke coming-out of charcoal inside the bowl.
    • It will give a rich smokey aroma to the biryani bowl.

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