Friday, November 7, 2008

Vegetable Biryani

During our chit-chats before wedding,a topic that I carefully avoided was about my cooking skills.Even though in between my hubby(then Fiance) used to pop up questions like..”what did you cook today?” or “which is your masterpiece dish?”etc etc.The few things I cooked before were some of the North Indian fare like pulao,paneer,gobi and the likes and some Indo-Chinese ones like fried rice,noodles etc.I made sure I let him know that I did know how to cook all this stuff and he sounded quite happy,at least I wouldn’t starve him..;-)

But the real acid-test was after coming to Chennai,when I was left with no option but to cook for hubby and me.It was then that hubby realized why I avoided such dicey topics before..anyway,to cut a long story short,I admitted that I was a novice but willing to learn..and I did.I have definitely come a long way from the barely-out-of-teens newly married to what I am today,though I still regard myself as a beginner in kitchen.One of the dishes I showed off then was biryani.After my disastrous tea and similar expeditions,hubby was quite impressed with it.Though I have made a few additions to the recipe,it still comes out great and a perfect recipe for a beginner who wants to show off her cooking prowess in kitchen!!
Recipe Marathon - Day 7

Vegetable Biryani


Basmati rice(or Long grained rice) – 1 cup
Cut vegetables of choice –
Cauliflower – 5-6 florets,chopped
Carrots – 1-2 ,chopped
Onions -5-6 peeled and chopped(I used small onions)
Beans – 3-5,chopped
(chopping the vegetables is of personal choice,I like to bite into huge chunks of carrots and cauliflowers.You can chop them up as you like).

For the masala

Coriander – 1 tsp
Jeera – 1 tbsp
Peppercorns – 1 tsp
Clove – 2-3
Cinnamon – 1’ piece
Ginger – 1’ piece
Garlic – 5-6 cloves
Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
Haldi – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves(with stems)-a handful,chopped

Ghee as required
Salt to taste
Water – 2 cups


Grind to a smooth paste the ingredients for the masala.
In a kadai,add 1 tbsp ghee and roast the washed rice for a few minutes.Keep aside.
In a pressure cooker,add 2 tbsp ghee and fry the chopped veggies.
Add the ground masala and mix everything till the masala coats the veggies.
Add rice,water and salt to taste and mix well.
Cook for 2-3 whistles(depending on your pressure cooker) and let it cool.
Do not mix immediately after opening the lid as this will make the Biryani mushy.
Serve with Raitha,pickle and papad.
Sending this to Srivalli’s Rice mela

Do check out what my fellow marathoners have been cooking..!!

1) DK
2) Siri
3) Srivalli
4) Ranji
6)Curry Leaf
16)Divya M
19)Lakshmi Venkatesh


  1. That looks mmmmm:) I wish I could get plate full:)

  2. what a great weekend dinner :)

  3. Lovely.I too love biryani,nice post.

  4. Divya that bowl looks so yum..i hvnt prepared it till now.. shall prepare it now

  5. biryani looks deleciousssss divya

  6. We too make biryani in almost same way,but i am unable touse Akha Garam masala ,coz it gives really strong flavor,too strong for my kid,so i simply add garam masala pwdr.
    Biryani looks lovely,just fit to wipe off with some crunchy papads and tangy Achar :-)

  7. One dish meals are always life savers. Its all the more nice if you have someone to do the veggie chopping part.

  8. Love the rice, i am sure there is no more complains from hubby avbout your cooking.
    When i got married i didn't know to cook nothing except make a omelette, learned everything after marriage.
    Hi hi if my hubby had asked me when we were dating if i know to cook i would have told him that he can cook for me :-)

  9. Delicious n mouthwatering briyani Divya...good job dear..

  10. Looks too good gal..Nice to read ab t your life experiences and courtship days..

  11. Ur veg. Biryani looks yum. it took me back to the days when i was newly married. my 1st potato podimas was all flop. my 1st rice in the open vessel (paanai) became a pongal. i didn't know how to use it. I was very used to my mom's cooking gadgets and never cooked outside than my house before marriage. And so like u, me.

  12. Divya biryani is looking yuuuummmmmy. ohhh now I want this with raita. see morning if u look at the blpg this happens. perfect to have in winter...

  13. hahha..I can imagine how shocked your hubby must be...but good that he had patience and trust for you to become a pro...rice looks yum!..thanks for sending it across!

  14. Once in a while i end up making this on the weekends....its so esy with veggies

  15. Divu, wow..nice write up..hw true..acid test..hee..this is my dinner wd return wt feedback changes..getting cooked now! Tks for sharing! Hv exactly the ingr. u hv used wt me..hence can go ahead the same day! YAY!

  16. Love one pot meals, nice recipe of Biryani.

  17. Lovely plate..I love briyani so much

  18. biryani is always well appreciated. and this looks delicious.

  19. This is so good. Great for any night a week. YUM!

  20. you were barely out of your teens when you got married? :-)

    Nice dish!

  21. Divu,am two days late here in posting my feedback, the masala lent the dish a lovely flavor! We loved the mainly had it! Wd surely post photo(which i was luckily able to click) in next post wt link up! Tks for this keeper recipe!


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