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Introduction:

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.

Ingredients:

For Biryani Base

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

Vegetables

  • 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

Method

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.

Serving




Vegetable Biryani

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