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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

This is my one of the very first biryani that I learnt from my own trial and errors. I used to make this often and my kid just loves this from the age of 2. Very easy and simple yet flavorful one inspite of the fact that it doesn't have any ginger or garlic. No grind version!

Coconut milk veg biryani recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 10 minutes  |  Cook time: 15 mins   Serves: 2

Click here for cup measurements


Basmati rice - 1 cup

Coconut milk(Thick) - 1 cup

Mixed cut veggies (carrot,potato, beans, green peas) - 1 cup

Onion (cut lengthwise) - 2 medium sized

Green chilli - 2

Mint & coriander leaves - 2 tbsp each

Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp

Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Water - 1 cup

Cardamom - 2

Cinnamon - small piece

cloves - 2

Bay leaf - 2

Oil/ ghee - 2 tbsp

Salt - as per taste


  1. Soak basmati rice for 10 - 15 minutes, and fry it with 1/4 tsp ghee in a kadai and keep aside.
  2. In a heavy bottomed vessel or cooker, add 1 tbsp of ghee .
  3. Add cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon, followed by green chilli and onion.
  4. Fry until onion turns transparent and then add the cut vegetables, followed by mint,coriander leaves and the powders(Red chilli,garam masala,turmeric).Add one tbsp of oil/ghee and mix well.
  5. Add little salt to the vegetables and fry for another two minutes.
  6. Add water,coconut milk ,salt to this and stir well.
  7. I used coconut milk powder,you can also use readymade coconut milk avaialable at stores. If using powder,add the powder after you add 2 cups water to the veggies and add it before the water starts boiling,to avoid forming any lumps.
  8. Add the basmati rice and when it starts boiling,simmer the stove and cook covered for 12 -14 mins. Or you can give two whistles. 

  • Serve hot with any raitha!

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    1. nice looking biriyani.. I add tomatoes too. Adding coconut milk sure enhances the taste.

    2. Yes prema, adding tomato will give you a tangy taste,thank you!

    3. Briyani is all time favorite my dear......Looks delicious.


    4. Sendhil posted your link in his blog.I know cooking very well.I will try your suggestions in preparing this Biryani.Then I will give my feedback.

    5. Thanx Ambati,for visiting my blog:)) And sure give it a try and lemmee know:)

    6. Anonymous1/12/07 07:59

      Hi! I tried this and it was just awesome!!! We really loved it! thanx!!!!

    7. hieeeeee....first of all a big big thank you!!!! your dish made my day..yesterday i tried your coconut milk briyani....omg!! it was awesome!! my dad loved it so much. that was a nice simple recipe for a budding cook like me..thank you so much we all loved it...

    8. this looks simple , but i want to know about (1)cooking time and 2)if the cooker weight has to be put for 10-12 mins this will make the rice mushy??and about garnishing
      Thank you yours Raji

    9. 1) Cooking time excluding soaking of rice and cutting veggies and in case u are using intant coconut milk - roughly around 15-18 minutes.
      2)I have mentioned 10-12 minutes in sim flame,without putting weight. If you put weight,reduce the water amount by 1/2 cup and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
      3) Garnishing can be done with fried cashews and chopped fresh coriander leaves.

      Hope this helps you,any more leave me a comment again :)

    10. Thanks for trying Anon and Janu :)

    11. Hi, I have tried many of your recipes.They came out well.
      Don't we use ginger garlic paste in this recipe?

      Thank You,

    12. Hi Sireesha, you can sure add if you want to, I make this way,still no complains :)

    13. Hi Sireesha, you can sure add if you want to, I make this way,still no complains :)

    14. Hi Sireesha, you can sure add if you want to, I make this way,still no complains :)

    15. Hi Raji,

      I tried this today and I loved it. Thanks for the recipe


    16. I tried this recipe today it came out very tasty my hubby and my son like it thank u.

    17. Just made this with much hesitation as i always hv a doubt while cooking with coconut milk. But it came out so well. The rAtio of coco milk and water is ijust perfect. Thanx a ton. Keep rocking

    18. Hi, I just tried this for today lunch. it came out well n tasty. Thank you.. Love all your recipe.. God bless u

    19. Hi I am going to try this today. Most of your receipe imitate my mom style so I prefer to follow yours always since I am newly married nd not having that much cooking experience. Referring your receipe make me to feel like my Amma kai pakuvam (Salem style).

    20. How long should we wait to open the cooker after 2 whistles

    21. Until the pressure indicator goes down.

    22. Can I add capsicum as wel?


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