Thursday, August 2, 2012

Vegetable Biryani

Hope many feel lazy to cook on Sunday. I too fall on the same list. Usually i used cook pulaos, biryani and variety rice for lunch on Sundays. Here goes my recipe for Sunday Biryani.

Basmati rice – 2 cups
Mixed Veggies – 1 ½ cup (Carrot,Beans,Potato,Green peas, cauliflower, etc )
Onion big – 2 Nos
Tomato – 2 nos
Pudina / mint – a handful
Green chilles – 3 Nos
Garam masala powder – ¼ tbsp
Coriander powder – ½ tbsp
Curd / yogurt – 2 tbsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Cardamom – 2 Nos
Fennel seeds – a few
Cinnamon – ½ inch
Star anise – 1 No
Cloves – 2 Nos
Bay leaf – 1 No
Salt to taste
Oil as required

To grind:
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Ginger- 1 ½ inch
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Coriander leaves - a handful
Coconut - 2 Tbsp
Cardamom – 1 No
Cinnamon - 1 small piece
Green chilles – 2 No

  1. Wash the rice and drain the water and keep it aside.
  2. Wash and cut the vegetables into medium sized pieces.
  3. Heat the oil in the cooker.Add the star anise, cloves, fennel seeds, cardamon,cinnammon and bay leaf and saute for a minute.
  4. Add sliced onions and green chillies and fry till they start to brown.
  5. Add the grounded masala and saute till the raw smell goes offs.
  6. Now add vegetables along with the chopped tomatos and saute till the juice dries up. (Tip: you can add a pinch of salt to it. It helps to cook tomato faster)
  7. Add garam masala, coriander powder,curd, rice and mix well. now close the lid 5 minutes.
  8. Now add ghee, mint leaves, lemon juice and then add 3&1/2 cups of water, mix well.(slowly) (Tip: you can add 3 cups of water & ½ cup of thick coconut milk – for beter taste)
  9. Cover and cook with the weight on, until you hear 1 whistle.
  10. Switch off gas flame. Allow the cooker to cool naturally
Yummy vegetable biryani is ready.

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