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Thursday, June 23, 2011


We call this “Vegetable Biryani” in our home. As far as I know, my mom makes rarely biryani and my mom in law never makes biryani! They dont use cinnamon,cloves,fennel,bay leaves in their cooking. Till now my MIL hates those masalas… But after I came here to SG I started experimenting and started using these masalas and my kid loves it! My kid started eating biryani at the age of 2 and he used to eat only biryani most of the days that time!! I too am used in handling all these masalas now a days …

    And coming to this vegetable biryani recipe, I always make each time a different way or follow a recipe for a while and then get bored of that and keep changing the recipe now and then. So once when I had this biryani in Jeyashri’s home, me and my kid loved it a lot and being food bloggers, I asked for the recipe and she too shared,then for a while now I am hooked to this recipe. I made this last week when my SIL visited us and the kids enjoyed the biryani. So I thought of sharing the recipe too.


Vegetable biryani recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time:30 mins    |  Cook time: 30 mins     serves: 3


Onion - 1

Mixed vegetables* - As needed

Sambar powder/red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

Salt - As needed

Coriander leaves - 2 stems

Ghee - 1 tblsp

Basmati Rice - 1 cup

*I used 1 carrot,1 potato,8 beans,1 fist full of frozen peas,2 baby corns,10 small florets of cauliflower.

To grind

Mint leaves - 10

Green chillies - 4

Garlic (big variety) - 4

Fennel seeds - 3/4 tsp

Cardamom - 1

cloves - 1

Star anise - 1/2

To Temper

Oil - 3 tblsp

Jeera - 1 tsp

Bay leaves - 1


  1. Soak the rice for at least 1/2 an hour. Grind the items given under ‘to grind’ table with little water to a smooth paste.
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  3. Chop the veggies to your desired size.Slice the onion. Heat a cooker with oil/ghee and add the items given under ‘To Temper’ table in order.
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  5. Add onions and fry just transparent. Add the ground masala.
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  7. Add sambar powder and fry in medium flame for 2 minutes.Add the veggies except cauliflower.
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  9. Fry for 2 minutes and add the drained,soaked rice. Give it a stir.
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  11. Add 1 and 1/2 cups water,salt and mix well. Check for salt and bring to boil.Add the cauliflower at this stage and mix well and cover with the lid.
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  13. Keep the flame in lowest possible. Cook for 8-10 minutes,give a gentle stir in between. If you want to pressure cook with whistle,then give 2 whistles in medium flame.
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  15. Top with ghee and coriander leaves and serve hot with onion raita!

Notes -
Variations you can make

  • Add chopped tomatoes or a tsp of lemon juice along with the veggies.
  • Fry cashews and bread squares in ghee and top the Biryani.
  • The water quantity varies with the quality of the basmati rice.
  • Soaking the rice for more time gives moist rice and gets cooked easily. So soak as much as possible.
  • You can add vegetables of your choice.
  • I added cauliflower in the end because,the cauliflower we get here gets mushy soon. If you are using organic cauliflower you can use it along with other veggies.
  • You can cook in thin coconut milk instead of water.
  • You can also grind 1/4 cup of coconut along with the ingredients to grind.
  • Add oil or ghee generously to get rich taste.


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  1. I make it the same way. U r right Raji my kids demand it to pack this for their lunch very often. clicks are awesome.

  2. U know what?! my lunch is the same veg biriyani with curd raita...:) and now seeing ur post I feel very hungry. Mittu luves biriyani so much so often its biryani at home atleast for her sake.... Ur pulav/biriyani looks very flavourful and tempting clicks.

  3. That came out pretty well. I too have the same vessel which u have kept the biryani and its almost a year u tasted this at my place. Glad that ur SIL liked this

  4. Different version...hope wil taste great...wil try this version soon...neat clicks...

  5. Makes me hungry, been a while i havent prepared them, delicious and irresistible..

  6. Aonderful one pot meal .Tasty and delicious.

  7. Mmmmm...I'm a lover of such kind of rice recipes...looks so delicious...nice clicks

  8. uthiri uthiri ya superb a irukku. can u plz let me know which brand basmati rice u used. i always end up in breaking or kozha kozha rice!

  9. Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. awesome clicks !!..
    Indian Cuisine

  10. One pot meals are always a hit.Veg pulao/biryani is my favorite too.Most of the times,I chop the veggies and refrigerate so that when I am preparing the rice,everything gets done in a jiffy.No wonder the kids enjoyed the meal,pulao looks delicious!

  11. Love this version of Veg Biriyani. Cooking in pressure cooker is very easy isn't it. Lovely clicks!

  12. wow!!tempting n delicious biryani...even my daughter likes biryani rice....i also make it often....but this is very differnet....will try dis for her...nice click raji!

  13. Mouth watering Raksha and my MIl prepares vegetable briyani often almost on all sundays.When I was at my mom's place I hardly tasted briyani coz all at my mom's place seldom use masalas except cloves but after marriage I have also started to taste masalas :)

  14. this souns very sensational...yummy clicks..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  15. Feel sooo hungry after seeing the step by step clicks..!! Looks soo yummy

  16. ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு...இங்கேயும் அக்‌ஷதாவிற்கும் பிரியாணி மட்டும் தான் மிகவும் பிடிக்கும்...அது மட்டும் கொஞ்சம் ஸ்பைசியாக இருந்தாலும் கூட சாப்பிடுவா...ஆனா வேற எதையும் சாப்பிடுவதில்லை...

    சரி...போ...என்று நானும் விட்டுவிட்டேன்...எனக்கு ரொம்ப் பிடித்த பிரியாணி...

  17. Superb vegetable pulao, ur clicks amaze me.

  18. super and perfect pulav with so manyveggies

  19. Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. awesome clicks !!..

  20. This is awesome .. looks mildly spiced .. perfect homemade food :)

  21. Looks very yummy raji...:)

  22. Perfect bowl... Ohh yeah.. I meant the pulav in the bowl :)

  23. Yummy looking pulao...loved the clicks...

  24. Makes me hungry,looks super yum.

  25. Fantastic recipe!!! Nice touch by way of sambhar pow...:)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  26. awesome presentation and delicious pulao..

  27. Really the taste would be double cos of the freshly ground wet paste u've added, I most of the time add wet paste to my pulao n biriyani's..But I don grind star anise..I should try adding them once...Pics are appealing and what more can i say !!! Superb

  28. Biriyani looks wonderfully prepared. can't stop drooling over it.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  29. wow..that looks perfect will try soon

  30. very tempting recipe...looks so inviting n you made me hungry now :)

  31. I can smell the briyani right here ;) looks damn delicious and flavorful :) Like that serving bowl a lot :)

    Love your new banner :) Looks fresh and cool :)

  32. Well presented, like the idea of adding sambar powder instead of chili powder :)

  33. Wonderful biryani Raji...I can almost feel the aroma coming thru the screen. Till date my mom and my MIL never use garam masalas in their cooking but my husband and my daughter do like their biryanis.

  34. Yumm yumm pulao, perfect with Gujarati kadhi...


  35. Very delicious n excellent pulao, great explanations..lovely recipe..


  36. You made it perfect.....Delicious and yummy pulav!!

  37. looks yumm..will try your version sometime..

  38. flavourful delicious pulao

  39. I am a Briyani lover and any type of Biriyani is always my favorite. Looks delicious!

  40. Wow, those briyani pictures makes me hungry...love the way you have presented the dish...this preparation of grinding some of the spices is new to me...I am definitely going to try this...thanks for sharing this Raji :)

  41. That is certainly a different variety for the usual biriyani.I guess you have added the sambhar powder so the spices do not over power the tast!

  42. Perfect biryani...Looks very inviting and liked the pot too.

  43. Declious biryani..Mouthwatering clicks and I liked the pot too.

  44. Nice biriani/pulav..first time seeing d addition of sambar powder in biriyani..I love gobi n babycorn in pulavs,it definitely adds a taste to it..looks yummy..this is our family favorite anytime..:)

  45. I was really surprised to read you MIL doesn't like masalas. Love rice dishes like this,just wish I made them often than my plain rice.

  46. Nice one ! A favourite in our home too !

  47. Looks delicious Raji , Jaishree has lovely collection of recipes in her space:)

  48. Just love this wonderful version of pulav...very nice

  49. yummy Biriyani!!! awesome clicks and nice presnetation.

  50. The veggie biriyani looks fabulous!

  51. Biriyani is my hubby's favourite! I make it almost all sundays with different combination..veggies/soya chunk/mashrooms/tomato!! :)

    Sambar powder in Briyani???! quite new..i have only MTR sambar powder..will that do? ;)

  52. biryani looks perfect dear :)

    I also make the same way, but add little coconut in the grinding part.

    Nice clicks....

  53. Awesome dear looks absolutely delicious.

  54. Like you Raks, my Amma never used any of those masala and not even poondu except the occasional poondu rasam - but after marriage, I came over to the Canada and then the US and my MIL used these things, but I never developed a taste for it - But then I started cooking in earnest about 5 years ago and have been experimenting a lot with other spices - it was a hard 1 month for me when my family was visiting in the sense some of them are still not the Masala types and I had to even avoid onions and garlic :))!!!! Your biryani, as always takes my breath away - YUM!

  55. Love this ~ a staple in our household! Will definitely try your version :)
    US Masala

  56. Hello Raks...I have seen ur comments in few of my fellow bloggers sites and I think I cam over to ur space once or twice but forgot to follow :-( Today came thro savitha's blog. You have a lovely space. Glad to go through ur eggless bakes recipes and even gladder to follow :-) DO drop by my space whenever time permits.


  57. Hmm..looks and sounds yummy. I've got another yummier version of briyani.Thanks. will try :)

  58. Rice is such a comfort food, I love it in any form. This looks yummy!

  59. yummy looking dish..I have send request in facebook for you.you din accept yet..Check taht dear.

  60. Rak's ur recepies are wat i was searching for... Great job rak's for it is of great help for beginners like me... keep updating ur kitchen with new recepies n we r here to give a try to all of it.. Today im gonna try veg pulao... next try is for veg fried rice... raks update us with more gravies(kulambu) to have with rice for lunch time. C u...

  61. hi! your blog is amazing...nice presentation...i tried your spicy pulao...it came out very tasty..thank you so mch...keep the good work going...good luck!

  62. Oo nice pulao i tried your pulao and add my blog too. thank u www.cookingatmayflower.blogspot.com

  63. Excellent recipe
    had a great lunch thanks

  64. I made this today and it was a big hit. I also added fresh coriander, ginger and cinnamon when grinding. Thank you.

  65. Hiiii......i made this today and it came out so well but little moisture was there...rest it was awesome. Thanks a lot for the recipe dear:)

  66. HI Raks
    I have made veg biriyani in the past but never comes out good. This time it was awesome after following your recipe. I always pick one of your recipes on a Sunday evening and prepare it. My family loved it. I roasted the "to grind" list and then grinded. I also added some shredded coconut and daniya with it.
    Very flavorful and tasty. Thanks a lot. As usual "Kalakureenga raks"

  67. Hi Raks,

    I just tried this recipe. It turned out to be really good. While my family loves any type of vegetable rice, I wanted to try this type of pulao. I did the pressure cooker version.

    I tried with regular sona masoori today, as I ran out of basmati and didn't bother to buy in this cold weather here.

    the only thing was for 2 cups of rice, just 2 green chillies became extremely spicy.. me and my husband enjoyed with raitha and had to give it with sugar for my son.

    nevertheless, i enjoyed the recipe and now that I know how to do it, I can adjust flavors next time.

    Thank you so much..

    Love, SV

  68. easy, quick recipe thank you for posting

  69. I tried your recipe it turned out so well. As you said, I added coconut to grind and i added some onion too. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe...

  70. Just tried your recipe! Came out so well.. I have tried Masala Bhindi also. Too good!! Thank you for such easy recipes.. I am so glued to your blog now.. :) Thank You!!

  71. Taste is yummy. .nice

  72. Hi,
    Nice one. I'll definitely try this. Can I use the regular rice instead of basmati? Coz I have not used it till now. Plz telme the water quantity and no. of whistles.

    1. If you have not tried basmati rice, you should try it . It gives a great flavor and result.
      Anyways if using regular, for 1 cup rice, 2 cups water is enough. 2 whistles in medium flame


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