Vegetable Biryani Recipe

by Aishwarya

The other day, I went to have lunch at a posh hotel in Bangalore in the noon as I was really feeling very hungry and had the least bit of patience to cook. I happened to order the Vegetable Biryani so that it fills my stomach right and I can have a hearty nap once I get back home.

Vegetable Biryani RecipeThe order was taken and I was really very eager to gorge on the Vegetable Biryani…. Yummy yummy…!!! The idea of my vegetable biryani is that of an aromatic, spicy, steaming hot and an out ‘n’ out mouth-watering dish. But once the dish was placed on my table, I began to wonder what this dish which lay in front of my eyes actually was!!

It neither had the rich aroma nor the spicy zings a biryani is supposed to have and my mouth actually went dry at the sight of it!! It was just hot… steaming hot and nothing else… I got up, paid the bill and told them to change the recipe as soon as possible.

So, I just thought that I can post this recipe so that people who think and eat some colored rice as Vegetable Biryani can actually get to know what this dish is all about… Here goes the preparation method of this classic Indian Rice dish…

Ingredients in the Vegetable Biryani Recipe:

  • Rice : 3 cups
  • Beans: 100 gms
  • Carrot: 100gms
  • Turnip: 100gms
  • Green peas: 1/4 cup
  • Onion: 250gms
  • Curd : 1 cup
  • Ginger paste: 1 tea spoon
  • Chopped mint leaves: 2 starnds
  • Chopped coriander: 2 strands
  • Green Chillies : 6
  • Garlic paste: 1 tea spoon
  • Chopped Tomatoes: 2
  • Cumin Powder: 1 tea spoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 tea spoon
  • Cinammon powder: 1 tea spoon
  • Red chilli powder: 1 tea spoon
  • Clove powder: 1 tea spoon
  • Ciammon stick: 1
  • Cardamoms: 2
  • Chopped cashewnuts: 1 tea spoon
  • Cloves: 2
  • Chopped onions: 2
  • ghee/ clarified butter: 2 tbl spoon
  • Milk:  1-2 tea spoon
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Salt to taste

Vegetable Biryani Recipe:

  1. Mix curd, ginger paste, chopped mint leaves, chopped coriander leaves, green chillies, garlic paste
  2. chopped tomatoes, cumin powder, coriander powder, cinammon powder, red chili powder, clove powder, cinammon stick.
  3. Add salt to taste.
  4. Now add beans, carrot, turnip, green peas to the above masala mixture and leave it to marinate for about half an hour.
  5. Pour ghee into a frying pan and heat it.
  6. Add cinammon, cloves and cardamom.
  7. Fry the mixture for about 15 secs and then add chopped onions.
  8. Add the vegetables when the onions become slightly red.
  9. Cook the vegetables till the masala turns aromatic and the vegetables are sofe enough.
  10. Do not add water since the masala should be free from moisture.
  11. Pressure cook the rice in the normal way.
  12. Mix saffron into the milk.
  13. Take one cup of cooked rice and add a little saffron-milk into it.
  14. Mix the colored rice with the remaining cooked rice.
  15. Spread this rice on a deep oven-safe bowl to entirely cover the bottom.
  16. Now add the vegetables on top and again spread uniformly.
  17. Cover with a foil and bake the dish for 20-25 mins.
  18. Take out the foil.
  19. Garnish Vegetable Biryani with chopped and fried cashew nuts.
  20. Veg Biryani is ready to serve.

Vegetable Biryani Recipe – Additional Information:

Serving: Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 40-45 mins
Difficulty Level: Easy
Calories: 370

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

padma November 11, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Its a lengthy process to make.

Aishwarya November 13, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Hi Padma, its not a lengthy process, trust me, its the easiest biryani recipe and you will truly appreciate the outcome!!

BiryaniLoverInLondon January 11, 2009 at 1:46 am

Aishwarya is right. To achieve authentic results you need the recipe to be as original as possible. I really like the elaborateness. And even more so the lack of biryani masala!

Thank you Aishwariya. I shall let you know what my wife thinks of the surprise when she returns back from work one evening.

krishna February 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm

i did try u r veg biryani, its really nice , u have microwave recipes also here?
thanks krishna

Aishwarya February 23, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Hi Krishna, I have not yet posted any microwave recipes as such. But will try to do some in the near future.

mohan kulal July 2, 2009 at 3:59 am

so far have not prepared veg biryani in hotels . yesturday I have tried to prepare as per you . it is so nice thank you God bless you

mohan kulal July 2, 2009 at 4:01 am

so far have not prepared veg biryani in my house but many times ate in hotels . yesturday I have tried to prepare as per you . it is so nice thank you God bless you

misti July 19, 2009 at 6:19 am

yeah its realy nice……….

badullabi August 22, 2009 at 11:27 am

Hi Padma .,
This is Badullabi From India ……….u r recipe very very nice dear .
Thank u so Much

preeti October 18, 2009 at 11:16 am


my boyfriend and me…both have different food habits..
The best part is..i am non-vegetarian and he is vegetarian.
More to it..He doesnt take “garlic”
today i just planned to make at least a “biriyani”(veg) for him..
I dnt cook regularly so…
ended up here…
reading this blog..

manytimes i have prepared biriyani for him..
But after reading this blog…
i will take care of it’s “aroma” specially this time..


Priyanka December 22, 2009 at 3:42 am

Its really nice process.

sandle March 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

Hai,I have prepared by following your biriyani makes.
It is very teasty to eat.

tirupathi April 10, 2010 at 7:49 am

yaar your preparation method point two could not understand.and i donot have oven. just tell in a normal stove how to cook biriyani veg as well as non.

sandeep saini June 21, 2010 at 6:44 am

dont u think it is very spicy

manoj kmar gautam July 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

i found that its not very tasty, so please change the receipe, i dont like to add curd in this so please suggest me in different way, thanks

sathyae August 19, 2010 at 7:03 am

didn’t try this but to read your preparation itself is mouth watering.
will try this wkend.

jayakumar September 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

briyani is one of my special it is lenthy process.but the smell is very super what i release in childhood

gurminder November 24, 2010 at 6:49 am

hi krish…ur awesome….mujhe hindi me mil skti h receipes….meri mom ko english nhi ati……so banani to unone hoti h dishes…so kya mujhe hindi me mil skti h recepies…….

Preiti H Bhavesh December 8, 2010 at 11:26 am

Hi Padma,
Thanks for this wonderful recipe.
Though I am just wondering about, if there can be a substitute for saffron in milk?!

SHUBHAM January 11, 2011 at 4:20 am


Aditi January 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

Sounds yummy! But tell me, which rice do you use? Basmati or plain? Does it make a difference? I am quite a novice and am trying to get my basics right! :’)

sailaja January 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

biriyani is my favourite food.but how to make it in rice cooker.

priyanka patil March 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

hi padma,

Thanx a lot dear this way has really helped me to cook finest biryani..

navatha April 1, 2011 at 6:19 am

friends this recipe is really so good i enjoyed so much…..

khushi June 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

today i am very happy

radhakrishnan July 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

I make this veg:bitiyani. its nice,but lengthy proseces

jagriti asthana July 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

biryani is one of my its nice process…

Jesi September 8, 2011 at 8:09 am

Hey Aiswarya,
Its really superb.Eventhough I am a beginner for cook, I make it tasty by your instructions.
My hubby Hoshi-Enjoyed it.
Thanks ya

Isha A October 16, 2011 at 12:53 am

I m pure veg and i love biryani.. i miss home food here in hostel :-(
but as soon as i go home i’ll make it and try it.. :D
thank you…
Please anybody know Rajmah to make??? ;-)

MOOKAMBIKA.T.M April 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

superrrrrrrrrrrrr, i loved it

purnima patel August 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

You have not mentioned at what temperature and gas mark the biryani should be cooked.

purnima patel August 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

I want to try your recipe but you have not mentioned at what temperature and gask mark the Biryani should be cooked.

sravaniusha November 18, 2012 at 3:07 am

its verrry verry spicy:)………

bela December 6, 2012 at 3:17 am

hi aishwaryaji
thank you so much for this receipe
my all family members became very happy to eat this biryani and my daughters felt that her mother is best cook.all credit goes to you.i want to learn dhanshak(parsi dish).please can you give idea?
thanks again

parita January 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

it’ very complicated process
i become confused about using curd n milk together

Syeed June 13, 2013 at 8:00 am

Easy to make and very good in taste.

Charu September 6, 2013 at 5:57 am

I will try it out. Here is another blog to try from
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