Vegetable Biryani

Well today I take the previlage of preparing the most popular dish in south India especially famous in Hyderabad . It's prepared in many different ways according to the taste . This recipe serves 2 people.
Ingredients:
Basmathi Rice - 2 cups
Onion - 1 finely chopped length wise
Potato - 2
Cauliflower - 10 medium sized florets
Carrot - 1 big finely chopped length wise
Green Chillies - 3
Peas - 1/2 cup(Optional)
Beans - 1/4 cup (Optional)
Fried Onions - 1/2 cup(Optional)
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Mint - 1/4 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Vegetable Oil - 6tsp
Garam masala powder/Biryani Masala powder(cardamom,cloves,cinamon,paprika,jeera) - 3-4 tsp(add more if required as per the taste)
Salt - According to taste
Lemon - 1
Water - 3 cups
Curd - 1/2 cup
Butter - 2 tsp
Food color - A pinch
To Marinade:
1.Wash and finely cut all the vegetables to the same size if possible.
2.Put all the vegetables,peas in a bowl.Add Biryani mix(i prefer Shan bombay biryani mix)/Garam masala powder,1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste,curd,few drops of lemon,salt,few mint and coriander leaves.
3.Mix all the ingredients properly and place them a side for an hour.
4.soak the rice ,add 1/4tsp of oil to it and leave it aside for an hour.
5.Add little water to the color and leave it a side.
Method:
1.Heat a thick bottomed pan and add oil .
2.After the oil gets heated add raw spices and saute it for 30 sec .
3.Add finely chopped green chillies,onions and cook it in medium flame till the onions turn golden brown in color.Make sure do not burn the onion.
4.Add gingergarlic paste saute it for a min,then add the veggies which we kept aside and give it a nice stir cover the pan with a lid.
5.Cook the veggies until they are 70% done .Stir ocassionally .You can see a thick gravy by then.
6.Drain water ,add rice to the veggie gravy mix it well and leave it for 3-4 mins .
7.Add water(as we have soaked the rice for an hour,use less water to cook than you use normally to avoid becoming soggy),salt and cook it on slow flame.
8.Once the rice is 80% cooked add fried onion and finely chopped mint,coriander leaves,butter.You can use the color to make it colorful it dosen't add any flavour.Cover the pan with lid and lower the flame (place it on 2 if you use an electric stove for 10 mins).
9.Mix it well and serve it hot with onion,lemon ,raita/Alu raita or with any gravy of your choice.
Oven method:
1.Heat a thick bottomed pan and add oil .
2.After the oil gets heated add raw spices and saute it for 30 sec .
3.Add finely chopped green chillies,onions and cook it in medium flame till the onions turn golden brown in color.Make sure do not burn the onion.
4.Add gingergarlic paste saute it for a min,then add the veggies which we kept aside and give it a nice stir cover the pan with a lid.
5.Cook the veggies until they are 70% done .Stir ocassionally .You can see a thick gravy by then.Switch off the stove.
6.Meanwhile cook the rice until its 80% done on the stove add oil,salt,jeera,1 cardamom,2 cloves while cooking.
7.Preheat the oven on 425F , take a oven safe vessel add 50% of the veggie gravy,few mint coriander leaves and fried onion and then add 50% of the rice to it . Add remaining 50% of the veggie gravy and cover it with remaining rice mint coriander leaves and fried onion ,butter add color ,cover it with lid or aluminium foil and place it in the oven for 30-35 mins.
8.After 30 mins check if its done and switch of the oven.
9.Mix it well and serve it hot with onion,lemon ,raita/Alu raita or with any gravy of your choice.

2 comments:

hi,

Finally I got it. Vegetable biryani came out like a vegetable biryani :).Just the way I wanted it. Myself and my husband loved it.

January 20, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

Thanks sathya for your lovely comment,glad that you enjoyed biryani !!

February 5, 2011 at 6:26 PM  

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