Thursday, 1 May 2014

Vegetable biriyani - Easy method


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Vegetable biriyani - Easy method

It hardly takes 10 minutes to prepare this biriyani. I would like to name it as bachelor's biriyani recipe. It is a very quick and easy recipe provided you cut all the vegetables beforehand and keep it ready for preparation.


  • Basmati rice : 2 cups
  • Carrot  (cubed ) :1
  • Potato (cubed ) : 1
  • Soya chunks : One fist
  • Green peas :  One fist
  • Cauliflower : A few florets
  • Onion (sliced) : 1 big
  • Tomato (chopped) : 1
  • Green chilly : 2
  • Ginger : 1/2 " piece
  • Garlic : 5 cloves
  • Lemon juice : 1 tspn
  • Water : 3 cups
  • Coriander leaves : handful
  • Mint leaves : handful
  • Curry leaves : a few

To temper:

  • Cinnamon / patta : 1 stick
  • Clove / grampoo : 3
  • Cardamom / elakkay : 3
  • Bay leaf : 1
  • Ghee : 2 tspn
  • Salt
  • Oil

Spice powders:

  • Chilly powder : 1 tspn
  • Coriander powder : 1 tspn
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 tspn
  • Garam mmasala powder : 1/2 tspn (optional)


  1. Soak green peas over night.
  2. Keep soya chunks in boiled water for half an hour before using it in the biriyani. Take it out from boiled water, squeeze, wash it in cold water and keep aside .
  3. Separate cauliflower florets and keep it in boiled water for 15 minutes. Boil the water with turmeric powder and salt. Drain and take a few florets for biriyani.
  4. Make ginger - garlic paste and set aside.
  5. Soak basmati rice for 30 minutes. Drain it and keep aside.
  • Heat a pressure cooker with ghee and oil.
  • Add all the ingredients listed under "To temper".
  • Add sliced onion and saute it well.
  • Add tomato and green chillies. Saute it well.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute it well till the raw smell leaves.
  • Add coriander leaves, mint leaves and curry leaves.Mix it well.
  • Now add all the ingredients under "Spice powders". Stir it well.  
  • Add all the vegetables (carrot, potato, soya chunks, cauliflower, green peas) and mix it well.
  • Add drained basmati rice and mix well.
  • Pour 3 cups of water and add enough salt. Mix it well.
  • Add lemon juice.
  • Close the pressure cooker and place the weight.
  • Keep the flame on high and wait for one whistle. Switch off the stove.
  • Once the vapour subsides, remove the weight and open the lid. Mix the biriyani with a spatula.
  • Serve it with raita,  pickle or any other side dish according to your taste.


  1. Very aromatic biryani........tempting me!

  2. so tempting dear.. I love biryanis... either veg or non-veg that word itself makes me tempt :))
    Lovely preparation :)

  3. Really easy and yummy veg biriyani . :)

  4. biryani looks yummy and tempting....

  5. Looks yummyyy.. thanks for the recipe !

  6. Yum to this rice dish which will always be my all time fav.

  7. flavourful & yummy biryani....looks too good

  8. Lovely biryani preparation and nice step by step clicks :)

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