Vegetable Biryani

Posted: August 30, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Recipe Yields: 5-6 servings

Vegetable Biryani

Who does not love to have this kind of rich and elegant food in their menu once in while. I said once in while because as every one know making Biryani is little bit time-consuming compared to the rest of foods. Especially on weekends it’s really difficult to put together such things as we are running around, cleaning, shopping and what not. Also, weekends are the only time when you will feel like having such kind of meal. At least at my house my mom would make this biryani which is just Heavenly, on weekends. When we all sit together and can enjoy this delicious Biryani.
Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

So, here goes the recipe:
  • 1 medium-sized white onion,cut in slices
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 1/2 cup green beans, cut diagonally into long strips
  • 1 beet root, peeled, cut in Julienne
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut in Julienne
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, cut in slices
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 green chillies, deveined and cut in strips
  • 1 teaspoon chilli Powder
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 large tomato, cut in big chunks
  • 1 tablespoons turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts and cashews in oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • Salt to taste

For cooking rice:

  • 2 1/2 cups basmati  rice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1  tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay dried bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon butter


  • Wash basmati rice, drained and keep it aside for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add thinly sliced onions followed by ginger, garlic, green chillies and cook until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes or so.
  • Add all the veggies starting from cauliflower, beans, peas, carrots and then beet roots and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste. Cook the veggies for 5-6 minutes or until they are slightly tender.
  • Garnish with some of cilantro/coriander leaves. Once done keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, bay leaves and let it get slighty brown and then add the soaked rice, salt and stir well so that each of the rice grain gets coated with oil.
  • Add 4 cups of water and cover the lid and cook for 1 whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool down and then open the lid.

For assembling Biryani:

  • Take a deep pan with a lid on it, heat the pan with 1 tablespoon of butter and spread all under the pan after it gets melted.
  • First spread a layer of rice under the bottom of pan, followed by layer of veggies, sprinkle chopped coriander, cashews , peanuts and dried cranberries on top.
  • Repeat it again with the layer of rice , followed by veggies , coriander leaves, peanuts, cashews and cranberries. The top most layer should be of rice, sprinkle all leftover coriander leaves, peanuts, cashews and cranberries .
  • Cover the lid of the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Let it rest for sometime and serve.
  • Serve with raita and salad.

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

One more closer look of the biryani..

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

  1. shanthi says:

    Looks perfect and yummy. You have a nice collection of recipes

  2. Ananda says:

    Beautiful briyani Suman, its the same at our home, with a small change,mutton briyani, slurp…loved the addition of cranberries, it is the substitute for pomegranate?

  3. beautiful clicks!! mouthwatering Biryani

  4. Deepa says:


    Vegetable Biriyani looks super tasty and yummy.Loved your idea of adding peanuts in rice.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. vrinda says:

    Delicious biryani…yummm

  6. Simply Life says:

    oh wow, this looks like a GREAT dish!

  7. Urmi says:

    Veg biryani looks fabulous, gorgeous and delicious. I am feeling hungry seeing such a tempting biryani. Very beautifully presented.

  8. Indeed interesting and healthy biryani, great click too..

  9. satya says:

    vegetable biryani looks super tempting dear …love those tempting clicks ..yummy

  10. Nandini says:

    Wow! Awesome biryani! Adding peanuts and dry cranberries must have given crunchiness and different taste. Drooling here:)

  11. Complete meal and looks aweseome…

  12. Juliana says:

    Yummie, I rice dish, and with all the nice veggies, I can skip the meat 😉

  13. incidentalcooksuman says:

    yep Ruchika..beet roots has given that beautiful rich pink color to the biryani.

  14. ruchikacooks says:

    Looks delicious!! You added beets too? It looks so colorful.

  15. I love dried cranberries and peanuts and adore your idea of including these in a biryani. You are giving me some inspiration for this week’s luncheon dish.

  16. Priya says:

    I would like to invite myself to ur place to enjoy this droolworthy biryani..

  17. Krishnaveni says:


  18. Delicious rice to which no one can say a no !!! Last pic is simply superb!

  19. Rachana says:

    What a lovely recipe! Looks delicious 🙂

  20. Aipi says:

    Veg biryani looks heavenly Suman ..lovely color n awesome recipe!!
    last pic is beautiful very tempting!!

  21. Mary says:

    What a lovely recipe. It is a perfect feature for Meatless Monday. It looks absolutely delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  22. Tanvi says:

    Looks lovely! Peanuts is an interesting addition, would provide a nice bite!

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