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Veg Biryani

Vegetable Biryani Recipe – a healthy and aromatic rice recipe made with basmati rice, spices and assorted veggies.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Rice Recipes, Veg Biryani, Vegetable Biryani
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Rice Cooker


  • 3 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup Onions (Thinly Chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup Potato (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Beans (Cut into 1” long)
  • 1/2 cup Carrot (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Green Peas (frozen)
  • 1 no. Tomato (Thinly Chopped)
  • 4-5 no. Green chilli (cut lengthwise)
  • 1 cup Mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup Curd
  • 3 tbsp Oil/ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Biryani Masala (Optional)
  • 2 tsp Ginger- Garlic paste
  • 2 no. Cinnamon stick
  • 4 no. Cloves
  • 4 no. Green Cardamom
  • 2 tsp Shahi jeera
  • 1 no. Mace (javitri) 
  • little Stone Flower
  • 2 no. Bay leaf
  • 1 no. Star anise
  • 1 no. Black Cardamom
  • 2 no. Marathi Moggu
  • Salt -as required
  • 4.5 cups Water


Preparation for Veg Biryani

  • Wash & soak the basmati rice for at least 1 hour in water.
  • Chop all the vegetable, mint & keep them aside.

Making of Veg Biryani

  • Heat ghee/oil in a pan, and add bay leaf, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon stick, shahi jeera, star anise, black cardamom, kalpasi, and mace. Let them crackle for a few seconds.
  • Add onions, little salt, green chillies, and saute until the onions are translucent.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw flavour is gone.
  • Now add tomatoes and cook till they turn soft.
  • Add all the vegetables, stir, and fry for 5 minutes over low heat.
  • Then add coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric, biryani masala, salt, chilli powder, and give it a good stir.
  • Pour half a cup of whisked curd, mix well and cook till the vegetables are half done.
  • Finally,add mint leaves, and mix well.
  • Switch off the flame and transfer the vegetables into the rice cooker.
  • Add the soaked rice along with 4.5 cups of water to the vegetable mix.
  • Seasoning with some salt and mix well.
  • Now cover the lid and cook until rice is cooked.
  • Rest it for 5 - 10 minutes & fluff up the biryani carefully with a fork.
  • If you are using the pressure cooker, cook the biryani for 2 whistles on medium flame. To get softer rice, you can also pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the pressure settles down, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.
  • Serve hot with yourchoice of raita like onion raita or cucumber raita.



  1. Add the right amount of water. Take 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.
  2. I have used potato, cauliflower, beans, and carrots. However, you can use your choice of veggies like green peas, mushrooms, or even paneer.
  3. Better to soak the rice at least 30 minutes - 1 hour as this helps to cook the grains fluffy.
  4. Those who can take the dish spicy can increase green chilies as per your requirement
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