Handi Biryani Without Oil

No oil, no ghee or butter. You read it right, you don’t need oil or ghee to make this delicious biryani.

Do you think making biryani takes long time? You need to check out this recipe. The easiest and most delicious biryani prepared in one pot. Since I bought my clay pot, I wanted to try biryani in it. This recipe is inspired by chef Ranveer Brar’s pressure cooker biryani.  I used handi (clay pot) instead of pressure cooker and made few changes as per our taste. This was the easiest and the BEST biryani so far. The rice were separated so well and it had earthy flavour due to clay pot. I made it vegetarian and also added paneer. Recipe is super simple and easy to follow. Anyone can cook it.

This recipe serves 4 people.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:
2 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup fried onion
100 gm paneer cubes
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 onion thinly sliced
1 cup sliced carrot or mixed vegetable
1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
1 inch ginger thinly slices
Fried cashew, raisin and mint leaves for garnishing

Marinate:
1 cup thick yogurt
8-10 fresh mint leaves
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander powder
4-5 cloves
2 cardamom (break the shell)
1 small stick cinnamon
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp butter (optional)
Salt to taste
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Procedure:

1. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water from rice before cooking.

2. In a big bowl, mix all ingredients for marinate. In the same bowl, add paneer cubes, cauliflower, onion, carrot or mixed veggies, green peas and 1/2 of fried onion. Mix well with clean hands. Adding butter is completely optional. I added a little to enhance the flavours. Keep this on a side for few minutes.
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3. Take well seasoned handi (clay pot), add marinated veggies including yogurt. Turn on the heat on medium. Stir the veggies with wooden spatula frequently so yogurt won’t separate. You will see lot of sauce in handi as veggies start sweating and yogurt also becomes watery. Cook for 4-5 mins on a medium heat or until veggies are slightly tender.
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4. Now add soaked drained rice and little less than 3 cups of water. If rice is new then you need less water. If the rice is old, then use 1:1½  (rice:water) ratio. Mix well. 
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5. Bring the rice to boil (3-4 mins), then lower the heat. Cover the handi with lid. Cook for 10-12 mins without disturbing. When you see rice are almost cooked, turn off the heat. Let it rest with lid on for few more minutes.

6. Garnish it with fried onion, mint leaves. You can also add fried cashed and raisins before serving.  Pair this scrumptious biryani with yogurt raita, mango pickle and papad.
Handi Biryani
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Isn’t this the easiest biryani recipe you have seen? It has the most amazing flavours from whole spices, mint and clay pot. You can add seasonal/local veggies of your choice.

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Handi Biryani Without Oil

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients:
2 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup fried onion
100 gm paneer cubes
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 onion thinly sliced
1 cup sliced carrot or mixed vegetable
1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
1 inch ginger thinly slices
Fried cashew, raisin and mint leaves for garnishing

Marinate:
1 cup thick yogurt
8-10 fresh mint leaves
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander powder
4-5 cloves
2 cardamom (break the shell)
1 small stick cinnamon
1 star anise
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp butter (optional)
Salt to taste

Procedure
1. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water from rice before cooking.
2. In a big bowl, mix all ingredients for marinate. In the same bowl, add paneer cubes, cauliflower, onion, carrot or mixed veggies, green peas and 1/2 of fried onion. Mix well with clean hands. Adding butter is completely optional. I added a little to enhance the flavours. Keep this on a side for few minutes.
3. Take well seasoned handi (clay pot), add marinated veggies including yogurt. Turn on the heat on medium. Stir the veggies with wooden spatula frequently so yogurt won’t separate. You will see lot of sauce in handi as veggies start sweating and yogurt also becomes watery. Cook for 4-5 mins on a medium heat or until veggies are slightly tender.
4. Now add soaked drained rice and little less than 3 cups of water. If rice is new then you need less water. If the rice is old, then use 1:1½  (rice:water) ratio. Mix well. 
5. Bring the rice to boil (3-4 mins), then lower the heat. Cover the handi with lid. Cook for 10-12 mins without disturbing. When you see rice are almost cooked, turn off the heat. Let it rest with lid on for few more minutes.
6. Garnish it with fried onion, mint leaves. You can also add fried cashed and raisins before serving.  Pair this scrumptious biryani with yogurt raita, mango pickle and papad.

Isn’t this the easiest biryani recipe you have seen? It has the most amazing flavours from whole spices, mint and clay pot. You can add seasonal/local veggies of your choice.

Enjoy!
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