When we hear the word “Biryani” the image that comes across our mind is of succulent meat pieces layered with aromatic long grained rice. But here, I’m going to be discussing the vegetable biryani. Yes, for many people vegetable biryani doesn’t appeal much, but trust me here I’m going to share the best recipe for vegetable biryani.
Vegetable biryani is the amalgamation of vegetables, exotic Indian spices, and aromatic herbs and long grained Basmati rice. This dish will hit all the right spots with its flavorful and rustic aroma.
The ingredients used in vegetable biryani are almost the same used for Mutton/Chicken biryani.
Here is the list of ingredients used in making the vegetable gravy for biryani.
Unlike the meat biryani where meat is marinated before making the gravy, here vegetables are not marinated. Only potatoes and cauliflower are pan fried lightly before cooked into the gravy.
Veggies – In this recipe for vegetable biryani, assorted vegetables can be used. Potatoes, cauliflower, beans, bell peppers are used in making vegetable biryani. Fresh cut vegetables can be used, but I make vegetable biryani using frozen mix vegetable bag, potatoes and Cauliflower.
Rice is the main ingredient in vegetable biryani and it is prepared exactly in the same manner as we would prepare for Meat biryani. Ingredients needed for this part are as follows:-
Soak rice in enough water for at least half an hour. The practice of soaking rice before cooking helps the rice to puff up easily. To cook Basmati rice always use a large open pot so that the water doesn’t overflow. Boil water in the pan (the ratio of water and rice is 3:1, 3 part water and 1 part rice), water can be more also. When water is rolling boil add soaked and washed rice in it with all the above mentioned whole spices and salt. The whole spices mentioned above can also be tied in a clean muslin cloth and dropped in the water. Once the rice is cooked the bag can be removed easily. Keep an eye on it and when the rice is 80% cooked, remove it from the gas and drain all the excess water. Also discard the whole spices if the muslin cloth is not used.
Here I’m going to write the recipe for vegetable biryani step by step.
Step 1 – In a pot drizzle little oil and fry potatoes and cauliflower separately till golden brown. Remove them and put them in the plate.
Step 2 – In the same pot add little more oil and add the whole spices mentioned in the ingredients list. Once they start to crackle add the finely chopped onions. When the onions are golden brown add ginger garlic paste and let it fry for a minute.
Step 3 – Now add chopped tomatoes and green chilies and all the powdered spices. I have mentioned Lucky Masale vegetable biryani spice Mix (Optional) for those who doesn’t want to use the individual powdered spices. Add the water so that the spices do not get burnt. Let them fry for 10 minutes till the oil gets separated. Now add the mixed vegetables, potatoes and cauliflower mix them well, cover the lid and let them cook for another 10 min.
Step 4 – Now comes the best part layering the biryani! In a large open pot layer it with half of the boiled rice, put the prepared vegetables over it, chopped fresh coriander leaves and again layer the top with the remaining boiled rice. Drizzle the saffron infused milk on the top layer of rice and put the hot ghee also on it. It helps in separating the rice and also adds sheen to the rice. Cover the lid and put the pot on low flame for 20 minutes. The delicious vegetable biryani is ready to be served.
Tips and tricks for making any biryani is the same. Main role is played by the rice in biryani and special care is taken in preparing it.
Biryani is a delicacy which is loved by each and every age group. Though meat lovers can’t even think of biryani without the tender pieces of meat but trust me this vegetable biryani is no less a treat for the gastronomes.
It’s a perfect harmony of vegetables, spices and herbs and rice and it’s is best served with Raita, a condiment of yogurt and cucumbers. This luscious vegetable biryani will satiate the taste buds.