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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