Vegetable Biryani Recipe

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

Recipe: #35309

July 23, 2020

"Now cook Vegetable Biryani easily with this step-by-step guide. Enjoy the rich flavor of veg biryani which is loaded with healthy vegetables, herbs, spices, and aromatic long grain basmati rice. You will best like this dish with masala papad or riata (spicy-yogurt)"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (1037.3 g)
  • Calories 703.6
  • Total Fat - 7.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 1.5 mg
  • Sodium - 482.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 148.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 20.8 g
  • Sugars - 18.9 g
  • Protein - 19 g
  • Calcium - 326.1 mg
  • Iron - 8.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 196.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Wash and soak long grain basmati rice in three cups of water for at least half an hour. Now drain the water and keep rice aside.

Step 2

Keep all the required spices and ingredients ready.

Step 3

Cut all the vegetables and keep them aside.

Step 4

Dissolve saffron in warm milk and set it aside.

Step 5

Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai and deep-fry one thinly sliced onion until it turns golden brown.

Step 6

Drain the fried onions onto an absorbent paper/paper towel to remove excess oil. This is a completely optional step.

Step 7

Keep a flour dough ready for sealing handi/pot lid, completely optional step.

Step 8

Add four cups of water and salt in a kadhai or pot, bring to a boil, add soaked rice into it and cook it until the rice is three fourth done.

Step 9

Drain the excess water from the rice and spread the rice out on a plate to cool down.

Step 10

Heat a pot or kadhai; once heated now add oil/ghee into it.

Step 11

Once oil / ghee is heated; add star anise, bay leaves, caraway seeds, cloves, black and green cardamoms and cinnamon sticks. Saute these whole spices for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 12

Add thinly sliced onions, fry onions until they turn golden brown. Now add green chillies, stir it a few times.

Step 13

Add ginger paste, garlic paste and saute it until the raw smell has gone.

Step 14

Add freshly made tomato puree and cook it until the raw smell has gone. This is completely an optional step. You can skip this step if you don’t like or prefer tomatoes in veg biryani.

Step 15

Add all the cut vegetables one by one starting from potato cubes, cauliflower florets, carrot cubes, french beans pieces and then green peas. Saute it well for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 16

Add paneer cubes, red chili powder, coriander powder, biryani masala powder or garam masala powder, salt as per your taste, mix everything very well.

Step 17

Now, add yogurt, give it a good stir; add coriander leaves, mint leaves. Mix and saute everything well for the next 1-2 minutes.

Step 18

Divide cooked rice into two equal portions. Take a thick bottom handi, transfer the one portion of rice into a handi, spread it evenly. Layer the cooked vegetables evenly over the layer of rice. Spread a second portion of rice evenly over the vegetables layer.

Step 19

Sprinkle the remaining biryani masala/ garam masala, mint leaves, coriander leaves and the fried onions. Garnish with cashew nuts, almonds if you would like. Garnishing and sprinkling fried onions is completely optional.

Step 20

Sprinkle saffron milk on the top layer, now place a moist cloth on top and close the lid.

Step 21

Place the sealed handi on the top of a tawa and cook biryani on very low flame for 20 to 25 minutes. Cooking biryani on very low flame brings out the flavors of vegetables and all species.

Step 22

Hot veg biryani / veg dum biryani is now ready to serve with raita or salan and papad.


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