November 26, 2008

Vegetable Biryani

I love rice & I am a complete one-pot meal person. Vegetable Biryani is one such dish that I'd love to indulge in ocassionally. Infused with a lot of vegetables & Indian herbs & fresh spices, its one of the finest representatives of Indian cuisine.


As with any popular recipe, there are several versions of preparing Biryani. I myself have three versions of this dish which is make alternately.

The one that I have for you today is the simplest & easiest of the three. I usually make this version when I need to whip up a good meal in a hurry. The other version is that of my mother's which I grew up with & is a family favourite. I shall be posting that soon.

The list of ingredients is a little long. Don't be petrified by looking at the list. It's fairly simple to make.

Here is how I made it,

Preparation Time
: 40 minutes

Ingredient
s:
  • Basmati/Long grained rice - 1 1/2 cups
  • A pinch of saffron dissolved in a tbsp of warm milk
  • 2 red onions - sliced into thin strips
  • 1 green bell pepper - cubed
  • 1 carrot - cut into long strips
  • 2 potatoes - cubed
  • 1/2 cup french beans - cut into long strips
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup green peas - fresh/frozen
  • 2 tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 3 green chillies - slit length wise
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • A small stick of cinnamon
  • 4 -5 black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp kitchen king masala
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil
  • Juice of half a lemon

Method:

  • Wash rice in several changes of water. soak in water for 30 mins
  • Pressure cook the rice with saffron in 1 1.2 cups of water. Oncc done, spread rice on a large tray & let it cool completely.
  • Heat Oil in a heavy bottomed pan, Add cumin seeds & let it pop & splutter
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, Bay leaves , turmeric & green chillies
  • Add green cardamoms, cinnamon sick, cloves, star anise, peppercorns & saute for a while.
  • Add onions & saute till they turn transparent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes & saute for a while.
  • Add all the dry powders except kitchen king masala & garam masala
  • Saute till oil separates.
  • Add potatoes & carrots & cook till almost done.
  • Add french beans & cauliflower florets & cook till tender. At this stage you may require more oil for cooking.
  • Add green bell pepper & green peas & saute until tender
  • Add yogurt & mix well. bring it to a boil. Add Garam Masala, kitchen king masala & salt as per your taste
  • Add cooked rice, squeeze lemon juice. Mix well & garnish with chopper cilantro

Serve with onion raita or any gravy of your choice. Enjoi !!!

I thoroughly enjoyed playing around with the spices & inhaling the aroma that emanated from the kadhai . . .

We enjoyed this with simple onion raita & Spicy Potato Wedges on the side. We licked our plates clean & put a delicious end to a great day ! ! !

This goes to Srivalli's Rice Mela ! !

38 comments:

Usha said...

Wow, this looks delicious and with all the spices you used, I bet each mouthful was just bursting with flavor....

Cham said...

Very flavorful and delicious plate of biryani

srikars kitchen said...

Looks yummy & mouthwatering... nice click...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

looks toooo good girl... i can smell the biryani from here ...mmmmmmmmmmm

Laavanya said...

That looks so delicious.. has been a while since i made biryani.. Can't wait to see your other 2 versions :)

sowmya said...

looks yummy..

LG said...

ahaa...biriyani annada suvasane Singaporevargu bartha ide ummmmmm.....super!

Adlak's tiny world said...

Can feel the taste and aroma of biriyani dear... Hm... sounds superb

Sanghi said...

Mm Looks delicious! keep up your work!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Can I join you for lunch today...I am drooling over the picture :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,you have cooked perfect,that no grain of rice dint look broken,they are standing separate and long!!

jayasree said...

Looks delicious and bursting with flavors. Yummy!!!!!

Andhra Flavors said...

looks lovely! great picture.

Valarmathi said...

Wow delicious plate of biryani. I wish i have this plate now. I'm drooling over the picture.

Jaishree said...

Wooo!looks lovely!delicious plate of biryani.drooooling:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow this looks simple and gr8.

Happy cook said...

I love rice too.
And this veg biriyani look so yumm.

Priya said...

Looks too good...tempting dish

Yasmeen said...

Mouthwatering biryani,Lovely presentation:)

n33ma said...

I too love one pot meals. Must have been great with the raita and potato wedges.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

pretty much the same way I do but I love the way your dish has turned out... Excellent job...

raaji said...

Hi deesha ,
love the biryani....i too love adding kichen king masala to all my dishes....butnowadays i couldnt find any in Indian stores.....

Daziano said...

This is a nice recipe! Look at those spices you used!!! Brava!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Shankar said...

too many spices, perfect for a chilly weather, snap looks awesome and drooling...

Red Chillies said...

What a beautiful looking rice,our family favorite.

Srivalli said...

what a lovely plate of comfort!..thanks for the entry!

Uma said...

lovely biryani! Yummy!

Jayashree said...

Looks nice and flavourful.....I love one pot meals too.

vidhas said...

wow!! Yummu biriyani. It's so tmepting, want to have reight now.

G.Pavani said...

looking yummy n delicious deesha...

meeso said...

That might be a long list, but the picture is very tempting and looks so perfect!

Madhoo.S.Gargya said...

Hi Deesha....Thanks for stopping by my blog...my first time here....u have a really nice blog and luv ur veggie biryani...

Sunshinemom said...

Looks tasty, Deesha!!

Alka said...

Lovely recipe..tagging it for next biryani session in my kitchen ;-)

Smitha said...

Lovely!! Biriyani is such an indulgent dish!

Meera said...

Wow. What a superb picture. Looks delicious.

Silvara said...

Made this last night - didn't have all the ingredients and vegetables and I kinda added my own twist but it turned out really well.

Was looking for a good vegetarian biryani recipe since my hubby liked his boss's wife's one lol and i thought i could rise to the challenge too :D

Took me a bit long to make (~1hr) but that's coz i'm only a novice cook. Practice makes perfect right?? Thanks for the recipe again :)

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