Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Easy Vegetable Biriyani / Vegetable Rice / Spicy indian rice

Biriyani is a famous indian rice variety, usually consumes lots of time in marinating, putting it in dhum, grinding masalas etc... This version is very simple but still tasty.


-to Saute

1. 1 tbs Cooking oil
2. Mustard seeds
3. Bay leave
4. Cinnamon sticks (If u like add cloves and cardamom also)
5. Cumin seeds
6. Saunf
7. Curry leaves
8. Small amount of butter (Optional)

-to Cook

1. 1 cup basmati rice soaked in water for ½ hour – 45 mins (If u don’t have time soak it for 15 mins – that’s enough. If rice is soaked for long time the cooked texture will be good)
2. Grind small piece ginger + 2-3 cloves Garlic or 1 tbs of ginger-garlic paste
3. 1 Finely chopped onion
4. 1 chopped tomato
5. Milk from one handful of Coconut or 1 ½ cup coconut milk
6. Peas as required
7. Carrot as required
8. Chopped Bell pepper as required (Choose vegetables of your choice like mushroom, cauliflower, cabbage etc)
9. Handful of finely chopped mint and cilantro
10. Salt to taste

½ tbs of Indian garam masala
½ tbs of Indian chilli powder


1.Heat 1 tbs of oil in a pressure cooker and add the ingredients under sauté one by one.

2.Add the chopped onion fry until it becomes transparent. Add chopped tomato after this and cook till the tomato is mashed. Once the tomato is cooked add ginger-garlic paste to it and cook for 5 mins.

3. Add masalas and then all the vegetables one by one. Cook the vegetables for 10 mins. Once the vegetable is 25% cooked add the coconut milk + ½ cup water and bring it to boil. (Basically for 1 cup of rice 2 cups of water required. Since we have 1 ½ cups of coconut milk fill the remaining ½ cup with water).

4. In the mean time wash the soaked rice and drain completely. Fry the drained rice in a pan with ½ tbs of oil. Fry till the rice grains doesn’t stick to each other (porous).
5. Put the rice and salt into the boiling ingredients and mix well. Close the pressure cooker without whistle. Keep the stove in medium hot. Once the gas comes out of the vent put the cooker whistle. Cook till 2-3 whistles.
That’s it. Veg rice is ready. Serve hot with raita and potato chips.

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