May 24, 2011

Vegetable Dum Biryani

Vegetable Biryani is a versatile rice dish that goes well along with any type of curry. It is great for parties or for an elaborate weekend meal. I always make biryani the easy way as a one pot meal. I just dump the spices, rice and vegetables in the pressure cooker and cook it up. But this time I wanted to make it the regular way. I cooked the rice and the vegetables separately, layered the rice and vegetables and allowed the flavors to blend in the oven. It takes time and effort to make this biryani but truly worth the effort. I adapted the recipe from Anu's place.

You could use vegetables based on availability and preference. 

For the Rice
Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Onion - 1 medium sized
Tomatoes - 2 small ones
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Green chillies - 2 slit lengthwise
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Oil/Butter - 1 tablespoon

Whole Spices
Bay Leaves - 3 to 4 leaves
Cinnamon sticks - 2
Cloves - 4
Cardamom/Elaichi - 4
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 teaspoon
Star Anise - 2

Cauliflower florets - 1/2 cup
Carrots - 2
Green beans - 1/2 cup sliced lengthwise
Potatoes - 2 medium sized ones
Green peas - 1/2 cup

For the marinade
Curd/Yogurt - 1.5 to 2 cups
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin/Jeera powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Kasoori methi leaves - 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
Salt to taste

Soak basmati rice for 30 minutes in water.
First, prepare the vegetables and marinade. Chop all the vegetables in equal sizes. To the yogurt, add all the spice powders and whisk well together.
Add a little water if required. Add the marinade to the vegetables. Cover and refrigerate. Allow the veggies to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a wide saucepan, add the oil or butter and add all the whole spices. Once the spices start giving out their aroma, add the soaked rice and give it a stir. Also add salt, chilli and turmeric powder, the required amount of water (water:rice ratio - 2:1), cover and cook until the water gets completely absorbed. Fluff the rice with the fork once it gets done.

To prepare the vegetables, in a saucepan, add a little oil. Add the onions and saute until they turn translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste and green chillies and fry for a minute. Add the tomatoes and saute them for a minute. Then add the marinated vegetables along with the yogurt. Cover and cook on low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes. take care to cook on low heat since the yogurt might curdle more and result in a sour mixture. Once the veggies get well cooked, switch off the heat.
 Now comes the assembling part. In a baking dish, add a layer of rice, almost half the rice followed by a layer of vegetables. Top off with the remaining rice and garnish with some cilantro.
Cover tightly with an aluminum foil and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes at 300F. Fluff the veggies and rice with a fork together before serving.
Serve warm with a simple raita, boiled eggs and chips. Makes a great weekend lunch!

Sending this to Bookmarked Recipes hosted by Priya.


  1. Never made vegetable briyani in this method, looks too good and yummy.

  2. Hi Divya, that looks mouth watering. Beautifully done. Hey, as you used Anu's recipe and posted on a Tuesday, please feel free to link it to Aipi and mine Bookmarked recipe event.

  3. Wow looks wonderful and very nice presentation which is very tempting .... Glad to follow u ...

  4. So mouthwatering. Nice recipe.... Looking perfect... YUM!

  5. This is a dish that never gets old ~ timeless classic! Perfectly recreated :)
    Thanks a lot for linking to bookmarked event :)
    US Masala

  6. Dum Biriyani looks so inviting and lavish. Wonderful recipe dear.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Looks real loaded and perfect! This is indeed a wholesome meal and we make it quite often too! Nice!

  8. Yum--my favorite.Biryani made this way is very similar to its non-veg counterpart,right?

  9. am bookmarking this one..will be so useful when you have guests or a party..

  10. Never tried Dum Briyani with veggies... Inviting plate of rice...

  11. Dum biriyani is my fav..looks perfectly done divya!

  12. This classic biryani is my favourite and it's very aromatic!

  13. Hi divya, veg biriyani looks mouth watering..... This is a lovely weekand lunch.

  14. I can have this wonderful looking briyani even everyday, simply irresistible and aromatic..

  15. I have never tried this way,wanted to try for long time,nice recipe and has come out well!

  16. So tempting but am too lazy for all the steps!

  17. Divya this is one of my personal fav

  18. New way of cooking briyani. Interesting and I like it.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

  19. what a wonderful biryani.Makes me hungry. Even i wanted to try this for a long time

  20. Love this version Divya,yummy briyani...

  21. This is just awesome... Love the layering technique of making biryani.. the rice is so fluffy :) Absolutely tempting..

  22. perfectly done..mouthwatering biryani!!

  23. Awesome looking Biryani. Always wanted the recipe but this one looks just irresistable. Soon to be reposted in my blog. Thanks for the recipe 365 Days of Pure Vegetarian(

  24. hmm..mouthwatering... will definitely try

  25. looks tempting and delicious!!.. perfectly done!!

  26. hi the idea...i prefer a veg biryani to a non veg version any day...:)...i have never added kasuri methi in biryani before even though it is one of my favorite spice. will try it the next time arnd...:)

  27. I love to marinate vegetables while making biriyani.. they give it an extra kick isn't it. Looks so yumm...

  28. Wonderful Presentation. Nice Pics. Layering always gives the best Biryani.

  29. Very tempting and delicious biryani.. looks simply awesome :)
    Indian Cuisine

  30. Made this as part of an Indian dinner last night (we were hosting my BIL and his family, who also like Indian food), and it was quite well received. Thank you for posting the recipe.

    A couple of comments:

    The rice by itself, without the vegetables, would be a good dish. (I made it the day before and nibbled a little. Yumm!)

    You might want to move the onions, chile-garlic paste, green chiles, and tomatoes to the end of the "Vegetables" ingredient list to correspond to where they are used.

    But thanks again-- it turned out well.

  31. Divya, thanks so much for this recipe. I tried it and came out fantastic. I have posted this recipe in my blog and mentioned you. thanks again.
    365 Days of Pure Vegetarian

  32. @ Dick, Glad you liked it and thanks for the comments.

  33. Dear Divya,
    I made this Biryani two days back. It came out superp. Poatsing it today and linking you back.
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    Event - LGSS_Potato


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