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Vegetable biryani is a rich and very delicious rice preparation. In this recipe layers of rice and vegetables are put together and cooked on low heat to release the flavors.


For Biryani Base

  • Whole Garam Masala
  • 2 Black Cardamom
  • 1 Javetri
  • 3 Bay Leafs
  • 5 Black Peppercorns
  • 2 Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 Cloves


  • 8 to 10 Potato Cubes
  • 1/4 cup Green Peas
  • 5 cubes of Green Pepper
  • 8 thick slices of Carrots
  • 7 to 8 Paneer Cubes
  • 4 to 5 Mushrooms cut in half

Other Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped Onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped Mint Leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 2 slit Green Chili
  • 1 tsp Red Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala

For Boiling Rice

  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 6 cups Water
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Black Cardamom
  • 2 Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 Black Peppercorns
  • 5 Cloves
  • 1 Javetri
  • 1 tbsp Salt

For Biryani Layers

  • 1 tsp Biryani Masala
  • 1/4 cup Fried Onions
  • 1/4 cup Fried Cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 8 Saffron strands dissolved in water
  • 2 tbsp Desi Ghee or Butter
Vegetable Biryani


Cooking the veggies and Masala Preparation

  • Heat oil in a pan. Once oil is hot add in cumin seeds and all whole spices and allow them to sizzle up.
  • The add onions and cook until it gets light golden color.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, mix very well and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, chili powder, garam masala and cook for 3 to 4 mts or until tomatoes softens.
  • Add in yogurt, coriander leaves, mint leaves, biryani masala and mix well.
  • Add potato cubes, mix, add splash of water, cover and cook for 4 to 5 mts.
  • Then add carrots, green pepper, cover and cook for 2 to 3 mts.
  • Add mushrooms, paneer, again cover and cook for 2 mts.
  • Add salt to taste and mix.

Boiling Rice

  • Wash rice 3 to 4 times and soak in 3 cups of water for 30 mts.
  • Boil 6 cups of water in a pan.
  • After water comes to a boil, add in all whole spices mentioned in the list.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Then add soaked and drained rice in boiling water and boil for 7 to 8 mts or until rice is 90% done.
  • After rice is done cooking, drain off all the excess water from boiled rice and keep drained rice aside.

For Layering Biryani

  • Put the layer of boiled rice over cooked vegetables and spread that out evenly.
  • Then sprinkle biryani masala over boiled rice.
  • Add drops of saffron water.
  • Add ghee and spread all over rice.
  • Add splash of water over rice.
  • Then sprinkle coriander leaves, mint leaves and fried onions.
  • Put the cover.

Cooking time

  • First set the stove temperature on high heat and put the layered biryani pan over high heat for 30 to 40 seconds.
  • Then lower down the heat to medium and cook on a medium heat for 2 mts.
  • Then lower down the heat to the lowest possible setting and cook for 20 mts.


Vegetable Biryani

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Comments :

No Image Tara shad :     2 October 2015
I love your recipes you explain so well, I tried this biriyani it was very tasty. Thanks
No Image Madhura :     4 October 2015
Thank you and stay tuned

No Image Supriya Dixit :     3 October 2014
I made it today..... Very very tasty and easy recipe.... Thanks Madhura grin
No Image Madhura :     4 October 2015
Thanks for the comment. Stay tuned.
No Image Madhura :     4 October 2015
Thanks for the comment. Stay tuned.

No Image jennifer :     9 September 2014
just wondering when in the recipe you add the fried cashews. its not stated in the video or in the step by step, but they are listed in the ingredients. smile thanks!
No Image Madhura :     6 October 2015
Yes. Its not listed since it is optional. So you can add it if it suits you. thanks for writing.

No Image Kshama :     31 July 2014
First time in my life I tried Biryani, thought I should start with vegetable and it came out really good cool smile . Everyone loved it. I should try the non-veg one's soon tongue laugh tongue laugh

No Image Chundramohun Tacouri :     2 July 2014
Madhuji namaste sai ram . I Enjoyed watching you cooking the veg biriani . I am going to Mauritius I am going to try and hopefully I shall get all the spices you have shown many thanks. Jai ho

No Image kavita khandeparkar :     6 March 2014
spicy and yummy biryani. made it yesterday and everybody liked it

No Image Kanchan Divekar :     8 October 2013
Hi, Madhura I m sharing a recipe of Guava Sabji with you : INGREDIENTS 4 medium size Guava ( not too hard not too soft ) 3 tbsp oil 1 tsp mustard seeds 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp methi seeds 1/2 tsp asafoetida 1 tsp temeric powder 2 tsp goda masala 2 tsp red chilly powder 2 tsp grated jaggery 2 tbsp roasted penut powder 1 cup water salt to taste METHOD 1. Cut the Guavas in two parts....remove all the seeds....then cut it into medium size pieces 2. Heat oil in a pan for tadaka...add mustard seed, cumin seed, methi seeds, asafoetida , termeric powder. 3. Add Guava pieces, goda masala red chilly powder.. mix it...cook it for 2 min 4. Add half cup of water, jaggery and cover it with lid cook it for 10 min on medium heat. 5. After 10 min add remaining half cup of water and salt cover it and cook for 5 min. 6. Now add roasted peanut powder and boil it without covering..for 2 min 7. Guava sabji is ready to eat.

No Image Devaki H Pandit :     16 August 2013
Hi Madhura....kashi aahes?? Veg biryani receipe khup nakki karun baghen....grin

No Image michael :     30 July 2013

No Image Shilpa Kerkar :     28 July 2013
Hi Madhura , Thanks for sharing the veg biryani recipe I was waiting for. I tried the same today and it was so hubby liked it very much ..thanks smile
No Image Madhura :     5 August 2013
That's so cool. Thanks for writing grin

No Image kanchan divekar :     27 July 2013
Hi, Madhura, I tried ur veg Biryani recipe and it is very teasty.. Thanks for sharing simple way of cooking Biryani just like Hotel...
No Image Madhura :     5 August 2013
Thanks Kanchan for the comment.

No Image Aparna :     25 July 2013
Hi Madhura . I tried your biryani and it turned out awesome!!!! .. Thanks for sharing.. Small suggestion is if you could first ask to soak rice and then start the receipe steps.. It would be great. So thatsomeo e just following steps does not have to wait for half an hour until rice soaks.. after making gravy base
No Image Madhura :     5 August 2013
Thanks Aparna for the suggestion.