Veg Biryani

by 9:44 PM 17 comments
Prep time : 15 mins
Cook time : 40 mins

I love rice from my childhood, in any form rather it would be Chinese, North Indian,South Indian, boiled, fried. Whatever the style it is, I happily gulp them in one go. My mom used to taunt me that you should be born in South Indian family,because their staple food is rice and my brother always tease me on this talk, that we have found you near garbage,may be you were really born in South Indian family. I starts crying whenever he says this but Now when I have grown up, I realized we were creating memories. Fights with siblings are cherished moments. Now coming to the recipe.

Ginger garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 2 tbsp
Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp
Raisins - 1 tbsp
Green chilly - 2 (sliced lengthwise)
Saffron 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1.5 tsp
Oil - 4 tbsp

Potato - 1 (peel,cut into 1 inch thin pieces,boil)
Carrot - 1 (cut into 1 inch thin pieces)
Capsicum - 1 (cut into 1 inch thin pieces)
Carrot - 1 (cut into 1 inch thin pieces)
Beans - 10-12 (cut into 1 inch pieces)
Cauliflower florets - 1 cup
Fistful of green peas(boiled)
Green coriander - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
Dry spices
Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
Cinnamon - ½ inch piece
Black cardamom - 2
Nutmeg (jaifal) - 2 pinch
Bay leaf - 1
Clove - 4-5
Green cardamom - 3
Black pepper - 8-10
Cooking rice
Rice - 1 ½ cup
Cumin seeds- ¼ tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tbsp


1.     Soak rice for at least 10 minutes in water and drain the water and set aside. Heat the oil in the pan and add cumin seeds. When they starts crackling add the rice + salt + 3 cups of water to boil it.
2.     Meanwhile the rice boils take another pan.Add all the dry spices with oil and fry till you get a nice aroma for one to 2 minutes.
3.     In the same pan, add ginger garlic paste + onions and fry till the raw smell goes off.
4.     Add carrot,beans cauliflower first to cook them more and then add capsicum,potatoes and peas.Saute all the vegetables till they get properly cooked.
5.     While vegetables getting cooked add turmeric powder + red chilly powder + coriander powder + garam masala + green chillies + salt.
6.     Roast the masala few minutes and while doing all this the rice also has cooked.
7.     Take one big and heavy utensil, add 1 tsp ghee and layer half of the rice. Now layer the prepared vegetables on top of the rice and spread it evenly. Layer rest of the rice on top the vegetables and spread them evenly. Sprinkle cashew nuts and raisins on surface of the rice, add green coriander.Pour 4 tbsp melted ghee from top.
8.     Soak saffron in 2 tsp water and sprinkle it on top of the rice. Now cover the biryani tightly and properly and pressurize it for 15 minutes.You can even use a foil to seal the utensil.
9.     Open the lid of utensil and mix all ingredients nicely. Hot and tasty veg biryani is ready. Serve biryani with curd, chutney or raita.

1.     If you prefer eating onions, then take 2 onions chopped thinly and fry them as well. Layer the onions on top of the rice. Rests repeat the same procedure. Mix all ingredients and veg biryani is ready.
2.     If your rice becomes mushy, reduce the qty of water the next time you cook.

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Rocket Looks said...

Thanku so much Melody Jacobs

Kirsten Toyne said...

this looks so tasty. I will give it a go. Thanks

Rocket Looks said...

Yes offcourse Kirsten ,share your experience too :)

Bethan Sian said...

Oh wow! Looks so yummy!!!

Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Hope too see you this Sunday at #justanotherlinky

Sue Loncaric said...

This looks so delicious and is certainly getting me in the mood for my trip to India in October. Thanks for sharing this with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

Rocket Looks said...

Thanks a lot Bethan and Sue for appreciating my work.

Debra Clark said...

That rice looks spectacular, what a treat! Thanks for stopping by #TryaBiteTuesday and sharing. Hope to see you next week!

April J Harris said...

Vegetable Biryani is one of my husband's favourites! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

Swathi Iyer said...

Looks delicious love those separate rice , my favorite is vegetable biriyani. thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

Brian said...

This looks like a a feast on a plate (or bowl!) I love the addition of Raisin's, add a real sweet pop to the dish, thanks for sharing #TuesdayTable

Rocket Looks said...

Thanku Debra , try this you will surely love it.
Mine favourite too April J Harris.
Thanku Swati for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Give it a try Brian. You will love it.

Lela Burris said...

This looks so good, and I love the addition of raisins. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Have a great week!

Raising Samuels said...

Oh, this looks so yummy! Isn't it funny how those moments in childhood become happy memories? Thanks so much for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again soon :)

Rocket Looks said...

Thanku so much Lela and Samuels :-)

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Rocket Looks said...

Thanku so much Ashley for featuring my post, would love to get featured again in future also :-)