Apr 25, 2008

Vegetable Biryani

Indian Cuisine is becoming popular due to its exotic flavors and healthful preparations.Biryani is a family of primarily South Asian dishes made from a mixture of spices, rice (usually basmati), meat/vegetables and yogurt...
India being an abode of spices I feel that Biryani is a dish that with a medley of vegetables and spices and best represents Indian cooking..
It is made during special occasions an d served with raita..I felt it would be perfect to send this for Meeta's Monthly Mingle with the feature Bollywood Cooking which is dedicated exclusively to Indian cuisine...



Basmati rice - 2 cups
Onion -1 chopped
Green chillies - 5
Cashews - 6
Coconut milk- 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves -1/2 cup cleaned and chopped
Mint leaves - 1/2 cup cleaned and chopped
Ginger - garic paste - 2tablespoons
Ghee - 3 spoons
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Bay leaf - 2
Cinnamon stick - 1 inch
Cardamom - 2
Cloves - 2
Star Anise - 2

Vegetables of your choice
Cauliflower,carrots,Green peas,Green beans,potato,mushrooms - A total of two cups chopped veggies ( you can increase or decrease the amount as per your liking)


Clean and soak the basmati rice in water for about 30 minutes.
Chop the vegetables into equal sizes..If you use potato chop them slightly larger than the other vegetables
In a large vessel add the ghee and roast the cashews..Once they turn golden brown add all the spices and saute until you get a nice aroma of the biryani.
Add the onions and saute till transparent..Add the Ginger garlic paste and saute.
Add the cut vegetables and saute for two minutes.
Add slit green chillies and coconut milk and bring to a boil.
Add the basmati rice along with salt and turmeric powder.
Add 3 1/2 cups water and close the pressure cooker..After 15 minutes stop cooking..The rice should be done by this time..Add a spoon of lemon juice and mix well..
Garnish with coriander and mint leaves..


Serve hot with raita of your choice..

I also dedicate this yummy vegetable biryani to Dhivya who is celebrating her birthday tomorrow..Happy Birthday Dhivya!

This goes off to Srivalli's Rice mela


  1. He he, Dhiv has been caught! I love Veg biry with coconut milk. Great entry :)

  2. Thanks for the wishes divya!and the biriyani looks just out of the world!really a tempting one:)

  3. Nice entry div ...Addition of coconut milk is new for me will try it ...

  4. I too add coconut milk Divya.urs looking so colorful and yummy

  5. Wow Divya,Nice combination of ingredients.Coconut milk makes the dish taste divine.
    Looks absolutely mouthwatering

  6. Nice entry Dhivya. Pic looks very inviting and recipe is good too.

  7. wonderful entry, Divya! A nice gesture of friendship towards the birthday girl (Dhivya). The biryani looks delicious.

    It seems you've removed me from your blogroll! Just asking.

  8. Addition of coconut milk for Biryani is new to me. must have tasted yum!!Happy birthday wishes to Dhivya.

  9. Awesome entry divya, biryani looks great and coconut milk gives rich taste, hummmmm...mouthwatering:))

  10. Should have tasted great with coconut milk...nice entry

  11. Mmmm looks delicious. Love love love biryani but so rarely get the veggie version. Thanks!

  12. Biryani looks so inviting..Great entry

  13. Nice post Divs..chk out my blog..Surprise!!!

  14. u already done with bolywood cooking,,me still thinking what to cook...totally confushed,..nice biryani...

  15. Lovely veggie dish, a nice color combo.

  16. heyyy divss... guess what we had biryani from hyderabad house yesterday and was giving gyan abt all d biryanis to garg.. when i expalined d biryani with coconut milk as out of d world... i know it is its out of d world... and your looks great...

  17. Hi Divya,
    very nice entry. The biryani looks yummy!

  18. Looks absolutely grand. I really like the us of coconut milk here!

  19. oh yes. i'm familiar with this. people in the group often talk about it. fortunately, i come from palembang, south sumatra, where muslim indians often have food stall in ramadhan. i usually go to the food stall and bring home some nasi bryani (nasi = rice).

  20. hi divya,
    I tried your biryani..we liked the taste..but it was yellowish in color and masala was also less. can u help me on this?

  21. @ Anonymous,
    You could decrease the amount of turmeric powder if you think it is too yellow in color. Also increase the mint, spices and coriander leaves if you want more masala.

  22. hey thanks for the quick reply divya...


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