Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Vegetable Birinji


Birinji or brinji it is an intermediate between biriyani and pulao.Here the rice is cooked in coconut milk together with ground fried spices.And that is the key secrete of this dish.Here bay leaf is the main flavouring agent.It is called "brinji elai"in Tamil.You can eat this one without any side dish.

Vegetable Birinji

Vegetable Birinji

                                     I tasted it from my collegues home for the first time.And after that several times I tried it in my home.Here in Tamil nadu birinji is serving as a special dish for special occasions.


  • Basmati rice:2 cup(I used 200 ml cup)
  • Onion sliced:2 big
  • Tomato chopped:1 big
  • Carrot cubed:1 big
  • Beans chopped:8
  • Potato cubed:1 big
  • Cauli flower shredded:2,3 fist full
  • Green chillies:2
  • Chilly powder:1 tspn
  • Garam masala powder:1/2 tspn
  • Coconut milk:1 cup
  • Water:2 cup
  • Salt
  • Ghee
  • Oil

To grind:

  • Grated coconut:1/2 cup
  • Ginger:1"piece
  • Garlic:10 cloves
  • Coriander leaves:handful
  • Mint leaves:handful

To temper:

  • Bay leaf :2
  • Cloves/Grampoo:3
  • Cardamom/Elakka:3
  • Cinnamon/Patta:1 stick


  • Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 minutes.Drain it and keep aside.
  • Grind the ingredients listed under"to grind".(I didn't grind mint and coriander leaves simply added while sauteing).Keep it aside.
  • Heat the pressure pan with ghee and oil.
  • Add all the ingredients listed under "to temper".
  • Add sliced onion and saute it well until it turns golden brown in colour.
  •  Add chopped tomato.
  • Saute it well till it get mashed with onion.
  • Add ground paste and fry it well.
  • Add green chillies,chilly powder and garam masala powder.Stir it well.
  • Add vegetables and salt.Saute it well.
  • Add basmati rice and saute it well.
  • Add coconut milk and water.
  • Cover the pressure pan and place the weight.
  • Weight for one whistle.
  • Switch off the flame and let the cooker cool.
  • Yummy birinji is ready to serve.

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