Vegetable Biryani

Hello Friends,

Biryani is made differently in every house. My husband was craving for it so I decided to cook and it was an instant hit in my family.

Here is how I made it. It has a lot of wonderful flavours and tastes amazing.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes


Basmati Rice – 1 cup
Cashew – 1/4 cup
Raisins – 1/4 cup
Yogurt – 1/2 cup
Tomato puree – 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil / clarified butter for cooking

cauliflower florets – 1 cup
Onion cut lengthwise – 1/2 cup
Chopped carrot – 1 cup
Frozen green peas – 1/2 cup
Frozen soybeans (optional) – 1/2 cup
Methi leaves (optional) – 1/4 cup
Dill leaves (optional) – 1/4 cup
Any vegetables of your choice like broccoli, asparagus, snow peas, etc.

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Cardamom pods – 2-3
Cloves – 4-5
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
Bay leaves – 2
Star anise – 1
Garam masala / Biryani masala – 1 tsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp


1. Soak the rice in water for 10 minutes. Then cook rice using 1 cup rice to 1 & 1/2 cup water ratio until rice is cooked al dente. Remove the access water if any. Remember not to over cook rice.
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2. Separate the rice using fork and let it cool down.
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3. Cut all the vegetables
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4. Heat oil in a pan and fry cashew nuts and raisins. Remove from the pan and keep aside.
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5. In the same pan heat 2 tbsp oil/clarified butter in a pan and add cumin seeds, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and star anise, let it saute for a minute
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6. Add all the vegetables except frozen green peas and soya beans. Also add salt. Cook the vegetables for 8-10 minutes or until they are tender.
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7. Add tomato puree, green peas and soybeans and remaining spices.
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8. Let all the flavours blend into vegetables and cook for 4-5 minutes. If mixture is too dry add 1/2 cup water.
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9. Now add yogurt in the pan and mix well.
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10. It is almost ready 🙂 just add rice and mix carefully so cooked rice does not break. Garnish with fried cashew nuts and raisins. You can eat this delicious mouth-watering Biryani itself or with Mango pickle, Raita and Papad.
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Try this dish and send your comments. I would love to hear from you 🙂

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Author: Bhavna's Food Journey

Welcome to Bhavna's food journey! Join me in cooking easy, simple, healthy and delicious food. I am a mother of two adult children and understand the fast life of today's adult. Hope you will enjoy and try my recipes. Looking forward to hearing from you!!

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