Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vegetable Biryani - One Pot Meal

Yay!!  Immensely happy posting my 50th recipe. I started my food blogging voyage few months ago & never expected to reach golden jublee milestone so soon. Everyone loves to celebrate such occasions with something special. In this situation that 'special' would be a recipe very close to my heart, something I love to cook for everyone around me, & hence decided to go with it at THE 50th recipe of ShwetaInTheKitchen - presenting to you my all time favorite -Vegetable Biryani , a total hit in my family. 

For those who are new to Biryani concept, its basically a one pot dish made by alternately layering rice & gravy & garnished by fried onions & dry fruits. Am not a big fan of dry fruits when it comes to mixing it with Biryani hence I prefer to add fried potatoes instead. 

I learnt the basic art of preparing Biryani from my Mom. Sunday would be be the typical non-vegetarian day with elaborate breakfast followed by an elaborate lunch. Whenever Mom used to say she is making Biryani I used to be thrilled after all I played the role of assembling the Biryani :) She would make everything easy & ready for me, I had to just assemble it together. Needless to say, I truly enjoyed that process & my enjoyment still continues.  

2 cups of uncooked rice
1 large potato cut into wedges
2 medium sized onions slices (julienne)
Mix Vegetable Curry 
Oil for frying 
2-3 bay leaves
2 green cardamom
Pinch of saffron strands
Few mint leaves
Butter/ghee for greasing
salt to taste


Fry Onions & Potato: 

  • In a pan heat sufficient oil to fry the onions on medium heat with a pinch of salt till crisp & golden. Drain & remove on absorbent paper to soak the excess oil. 
  • Similarly fry the potato till cooked & slightly golden.  Drain & remove on absorbent paper to soak the excess oil. 
  • That's it our fried Onions & potato are ready. Keep aside
Tip : If you would like to add cashews to the Biryani, fry them too similar to onions & potatoes.

Cook Rice: 
  • I cooked rice in microwave for about 20 mins using 1:2 ratio i.e. for 1 cup of rice I used 2 cups of water. (you can cook in pressure cooker or rice cooker or open top too. Also  rice has different water requirements so use the quantity that works best for you )
  • Cook each cup of rice separately
  • While cooking each cup of rice, add bay leaf & cardamom to the rice & season with salt to taste.  Drizzle some oil to prevent the rice from sticking. 
  • To the other cup, cook it exactly the same way as first cup just add saffron to get orange tinge. 
  • Once the rice is cooked spread it out on a flat dish to prevent it from sticking to each other or forming a cake. Keep aside.
Prepare Mix Vegetable Curry
I have used a combination of mix vegetables in the gravy layer but your could use any gravy of your choice or even a non-veg gravy to to make it a non-vegetarian Biryani. To view the complete recipe for this Mix Vegetable Curry please click here

Assemble the Biryani :

  • Take a thick bottom vessel (deeper the better) & grease it with butter/ghee.  
  • The first layer would be plain white rice, take 3/4 of the cooked white rice & spread it evenly.
  • Next apply a generous layer of the Mix vegetable curry.
  • Randomly tear some mint leaves & sprinkle them over the gravy layer.
  • Now spread some fried potatoes & onions. 
  • Now repeat the above steps to create the second layer.  
  • This time I used the rice cooked with saffron as my second layer. Spread it evenly.
  • Layer it next with gravy, mint leaves, fried potatoes & onions
  • Now for the last/top layer cover with the left over white rice. 
  • Decorate with some gravy, mint, fried potatoes & onions 
  • Cook this Biryani on Dum i.e. tightly sealed & slow flame. 
Tip : Ideally Dum process requires the Cooking pot to be seal with dough & steamed over coals.  The whole idea is to not allow steam to escape so that the flavors remain well inside. Incase you have a pot with tight lid that should work too. Cook it on very low flame or add a pan/griddle between the gas stove & cooking pot to prevent from sticking/burning. 

That's it our elaborate One pot Meal - Vegetable Biryani is ready. It is a lengthy & time consuming process but totally worth the effort.  Serve it hot with Mix Vegetable Raita (Yogurt based dish) or any Raita of your choice. 

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  1. biryani looks super shwetha : love the fried onions on top :)

  2. looks very yum!!! congrats on 50th post


  3. Super inviting dear..Rush your delights for Fast Food Event Noodles

  4. wow I am feeling hungry now :)

  5. Wow dear congrats on your 50th post :) Keep rocking Shweta...Wish you many more success in blogging :)

    Today's Recipe - Mutton Kulambu / Lamb Curry
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  6. Wow - the biryani looks heavenly. Congratulations on your 50th Post.


  7. Congrats on your 50th post n wish u many more in future...Biryani looks too delicious...great effort n loved your pictorials...thanks for the detailed recipe...will follow this next time when i make layered biryani...Inviting pics!

  8. Delicious Vegetable biriyani, Congrats on your 50th post. Wishing many more to come.
    Regarding wonton wrappers I haven't tried baking , you can try them baking at 350F for 5-7 minutes with a spray of oil.

  9. Congrats on the 50th post.. Biryani looks delicious, love the third click, restaurant style presentation!

  10. congrats on your milestone dear :) biriyani looks fabulous..

  11. Congrats... Well layered rice...

  12. so colorful!

  13. congrats.. briyani looks so colorful and tasty.

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  15. Shweta, happy 50th! Here's hoping for 50 more, and 50 more and...

  16. Happy 50th!! I love Your layered biryani

  17. Tempting and love the layers. Congrats on the 50th recipe.

  18. Congrats on ur 50th post Shweta, love this layered flavourful one pot meal.

  19. Briyani looks superb and congrats on your 50th post..

  20. Congratulations on your 50th post Shwetha...Lovely layered biriyani...perfectly made.

  21. WoW that was a Sachin like 50 Shwetha :) Congrats and love the biryani :0

  22. Very colourful and tempting shewta.


  23. Shweta, Biriyani looks soooo colourful.! Loved that first click. thnx for linking up

  24. I love this type of recipe very much....thanks for sharing this recipe.
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  25. "Wow, great blog article.Really thank you! Veg Biryani


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