Veg Biryani Recipe

The main secret behind this recipe!!
The main secret behind this recipe!!

I was never getting the rice consistency in the vegetable biryani right in spite of several variations and many references to recipes on the web. People were only advising soaking of rice for a half hour or so before preparation.

None of the tips helped me get separate grains of rice though the biryani was tasty. Then I tried this method of washing the rice and draining it completely, letting it stand for at least an hour.

Eureka! I found that not only did the biryani taste good, but the rice texture also made the recipe get all the appreciation I expected. I told all my friends about it, only to be thanked by them for the excellent recipe.

I don't remember reading or being told about this tip anywhere. From then on, vegetable Biryani has become an all-time favorite at home, especially when we have guests.

One more important point I would like to mention here is that credit for this lovely recipe goes to "Sakthi Biryani Masala" that goes into its preparation. I have tried many other masalas but none has been as good as this one, hence my emphasis that the dish should turn out well for anyone who follows this recipe religiously. Sakthi biryani masala powder is available in many countries as it is an export commodity.

Draining water after cleaning rice
Draining water after cleaning rice
Rice after draining, now a little more in quantity because the grains become a little swollen
Rice after draining, now a little more in quantity because the grains become a little swollen
Onions
Onions
Carrots, green bell pepper, potato and green peas
Carrots, green bell pepper, potato and green peas

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Serves three people

So here we go:

Basmati Rice OR Raw rice 1 cup (200g)

Onion 1

Carrot 1 small

Potato 1 small

Green bell pepper (capsicum) 1/2

Beans 5 nos.

Cauliflower (optional) a few florets

Green peas (fresh, frozen or dry) a handful

Tomato 1

Sakthi Biryani Masala 2 heaped tbsp.

Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp.

Green chilies 1

Curd 2 tbsp.

Salt 1 1/2 to 2 tsp or as necessary

Water 1 1/2 cups

Cilantro leaves for garnishing

Method

  • Wash rice twice and drain the water by letting the vessel stand in an inclined position for an hour.
  • Cut the carrot, bell pepper and potato into thin, lengthwise pieces. Chop the tomato fine.
  • If you are using dried green peas you should soak them in water overnight or at least for a few hours in hot water.
  • In a fry pan, heat 50 ml cooking oil.
  • Add the chopped onion and ginger garlic paste and fry well till onion turns pink in colour.
  • Add all the vegetables one by one to the oil and fry for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the slit green chili and chopped tomato followed by curd and mix into the mixture.
  • While fresh peas can be added to the pan along with the other vegetables, take care to cook the dry peas separately and add them to the mixture before cooking. Even though they are soaked overnight, they do not cook well in rice cooker or pressure cooker when added with the other vegetables.
  • Add Sakthi biryani masala and mix well.
  • Mix in salt. I add 2 tsp for every cup of rice; adjust your salt according to your preference by reducing the measure given here.
  • Finally add the rice and mix well. Ensure dryness of the rice before adding.
  • Add water and cook in rice cooker.
  • If cooking in pressure cooker, cook for 2 whistles. I fry all these ingredients in the pressure cooker, add the rice, salt and water and cook for 2 whistles. This way there is no transferring of ingredients and it saves a lot of time and energy. Opening the cooker after a minimum of half an hour makes the dish even better.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with mixed vegetable raita, coconut curd Pachadi or raw vegetable salad. Your favorite vegetable biryani is ready to be served.
  • This recipe serves 3 people.

Draining Method

You may wonder why I have explained a new (and strange to some people) method of draining water from the rice. I tried the colander method also, but the rice placed in a colander after cleaning did not become as dry as it did when I tried draining the water by making the vessel stand upright on another vessel. But if you cannot do this kind of draining as shown in the pictures above, then colander is the next best alternative and you'll still get a good consistency of rice.

Hope you do try this method of making vegetable biryani and make your family and friends happy. Do post a feedback if you try it out. I would love to know if it turned out well. Happy cooking!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hello! I read some of your hubs. You have fantastic recipe hubs with detailed photos. Very nice! Keep up the great work!


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remaniki 5 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you Linda for stopping by and posting a nice comment.

Cheers

Rema


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

I really like Indian cooking, and never thought to leave the wet rice stand for any amount of time. I will definitely have to try that. I really loved all your photos. I especially liked the onions.


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remaniki 5 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks MT for the comments. The best part is that the more you let the rice stand, the better is the consistency and taste of the biryani.

Cheers

Rema


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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

mmmmmmm.......it brought water into my mouth...I feel hungry now..


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks Vidya for stopping by and posting a comment. I am sure you'll enjoy this dish.

Cheers

Rema


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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

Oh! Sure I vl prepare it one sunday...Loking forward to more recipes from you.......


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

My GF will love this, as she has just started 1 day a week of vegetarian ... OK, it's not a big change, but it helps and it is healthy.

Shared and voted useful.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks Brett for stopping by. I am sure your GF will like this dish.

Cheers

Rema


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A tasty recipe! I am very fond of biryani! My mother makes delicious biryani at home. I would like to give your nice recipe with Sakthi Biryani Masala - I have seen it but have not tried it. Your intructions and step-by-step photos are direct and handy. Rated it 5 stars! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially shared both on HubPages & Facebook


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Rema,

Thanks for publishing this wonderful-sounding recipe. It brings back memories of the time I spent in India when I accompanied my boyfriend on a business trip. I ate a lot of terrific food while there.

My household consists of a vegetarian and a vegan. This is a recipe I must try.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi ishwaryaa,

Not only is this recipe simple saving a lot of time for us mothers but whoever tried it so far has confirmed my opinion about Sakthi masala and its great taste. If you can get the taste of hotel biryani at home without much effort, I think it is really worth a try.

Thanks for the great comment and the share. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Daisy,

Lovely to have you commenting here on an Indian food item. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Indian delicacies while in India. I am sure you can easily prepare this dish much to the delight of your loved ones. Hope you do.

Thanks again Daisy. Cheers, Rema.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love eating chicken masala so know that this vegetarian dish would also be delicious. Thanks for giving us your good sounding recipe with the tips about how to treat the rice. Up and useful votes.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you very much Peggy for your votes and appreciation. Glad to hear that you like chicken masala. Then, you should like this too. Cheers, Rema.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Hi Rema, this is your another great Hub on vegetarian recipes. You are not only sharing vegetarian recipes, but also popularizing Vegetarianism. Thank you.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Oh, thank you Mahavir for the appreciation. Cheers, Rema.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

This looks SO good. I've never been good at cooking rice...will try your way of draining. Mine is always sticky!

Voted UP, and will share.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent hub and tips!! Happy Birthday Rema!!!


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remaniki 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Sorry for the delayed response Mary. I have not been on HP for a while. Thanks for the comment here. Cheers, Rema


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remaniki 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks Linda for both the comment and the b'day wishes. Cheers, Rema

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