Posted by: Sahaja | April 7, 2009

Vegetable Biryani and Foodbuzz freebies :)

It was my birthday last friday…and so, I invited friends for dinner 🙂 I cooked hyderabadi vegetable biryani with aloo kurma 🙂 Today I am going to tell you biryani’s recipe 🙂 authentic !!

But before that, as a coincidence, I got the foodbuzz cards on my budday too 🙂 so gift u c , lucky I am and happy too!I also got best wishes and ecards from Blogging buddy Lubna 🙂 of Kitchen flavours 🙂

biryani-and-idli1Vegetable Biryani 🙂

What you need?

Veggies : you can use as many varieties as you want…but I used these


  • Potatoes – 3 small sized cut into big sized cubes
  • Carrots – 1 small sized cut into big pieces
  • Beans – 1/2 cup cit into big pieces
  • Cauliflower – 1/2 cup cut into bite size florets
  • peas – 1/4 cup


For the Biryani Masala :


  • Cloves – 4-6
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
  • Cardamom – 3-4
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp

Other Ingridients :


  • Basmati rice – 2 cups
  • Onions – 1 large one finely chopped
  • Tomatoes – 1 large cubed
  • Mint Leaves – 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Onion – 1 small one sliced longitudinally
  • Oil – 3-4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • ginger – 1/2 tsp
  • garlic – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • red chillies – 2 or red chilli powder
  • Saffron –  a pinch if available.



How to do?


  • Cook the rice adding 3 cups of water for 2 cups of rice so that it doesnt get cook completely.
  • Microwave or steam the veggies till they cooked till 75% . keep them in vegetable stock and add along with water.
  • Add saffron with water and soak it.
  • In a heavy bottommed  and deep pan , heat oil and add ginger , garlic, green chillies , finely chopped onions and saute till onions are translucent.
  • Now add the spices, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf and saute well….now mix in turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
  • Add tomatoes now and saute well till fully cooked and become soft.
  • Now add saffron, mint leaves, salt and microwaved/steamed veggies.
  • Mix well and remember to do entire process in low heat. 
  • Seperate the mixture into 2 parts with one in the pan.
  • Now add the rice and spread it on the half of the mixture…Over it, spread the remaining mixture , and spread rice just like before.
  • But dont mix with rice, but cook it for 15 mins with closed lid. [take care that there is enough water].
  • Meantime, fry or caramalize the sliced onions.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with coriander and caramalized onions and serve hot  with raita or kurma.



Cook and enjoy and tel me your comments 🙂




  1. Belated Bday wishes… Btw the biriyani looks great, I think I can expect an invite nx yr!!!

  2. Wow spicy and flavourfullllllllllllllllll. Wish i was one of them to indulge in this treat.

  3. will try it after i am done with my paper work [:)]…looks yummyyyyyyyyyyyy

  4. Belated Birthday Wishes! Your friends must have enjoyed ur birthday feast.

  5. Belated Happy Birthday! that’s a lovely surprise from foodbuzz. you have a great blog here.. keep it up. yummy recipes.

  6. Yummy biryani sahaja..Just send you an entry to your event..please check it..

  7. Hi Sahaja, Belated happy birthday dear, The biryani looks delicious and so inviting, made me feel hungry now, grt pics too…will be sending one more entry to your event 🙂

  8. belated happy birthday, vegetable biriyani is iunviting, i can feel the aroma.

  9. Belated wishes and briyani looks delicious and nice clicks too,

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