Sunday, February 1, 2009

Dum Vegetable Biryani


For Rice

1 1/2 cup basmati rice

1 " cinnamon

2 bay leaf

3-4 cloves

2 green cardamom

1 small piece of mace

salt to taste

2 tsp oil

For vegetable gravy

1/2 cup cauliflower cut into florets(parboiled)

1/2 cup carrot chopped(parboiled)

1/2 cup boiled peas

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 med size onion sliced

4 slit green chillies

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

2 tomatoes finely chopped

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

3/4th  cup milk

2 tsp curds

1 tsp poppy seeds

4-5 cashewnuts

1 tsp garam masala powder

2 tbsp mint leaves

2 tbsp coriander leaves

2 tbsp ghee

2 tsp oil

salt to taste

For the masala powder

2 green cardamom

1 ' cinnamon stick

2-3 cloves

Other ingredients

1 cup sliced & fried onion

1 " ginger cut into julienne


For the rice

  • Wash and Soak Basmati rice for 1 hour,drain and keep aside
  • Heat water in a pan,when it starts boiling add 1 bay leaf,cloves,cardamom,cinnamon,mace,salt,oil and drained basmati rice and cook till 3/4th done and then keep aside ,mix salt if needed

For the vegetable gravy

  • Grind poppy seeds and cashewnuts with little water to a fine paste and keep aside
  • Heat oil and ghee in a pan, add  cumin seeds and fry till golden brown, then add ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off
  • Add sliced onion and fry till translucent and light brown and then add slit green chillies and fry for a minute
  • Add coriander leaves,mint leaves and fry, add tomatoes till it gets mashed and it leaves oil at the edges
  • Then add turmeric powder,chilli powder,coriander powder and fry for a couple of minutes
  • Add all the vegetables,salt and fry for 5 minutes and then add curds and fry then add milk and boil till the gravy till it thickens,add poppy seeds-cashewnut paste and lastly add garam masala powder and mix well and fry for couple of minutes and then keep aside in a bowl

For the Masala powder

  • Grind 2 cloves,2 green cardamom and 1 " cinnamon to a fine powder 

For the Layering

  • Grease a oven dish with ghee, spread little vegetable gravy evenly and then spread some cooked rice and then sprinkle the masala powder,fried sliced onions,ginger julienne
  • Repeat this procedure till all the gravy and rice are layered as shown below
  • Close the dish with the aluminium foil and bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 30 minutes
  • Serve Hot

( u can add chicken instead of vegetable for chicken biryani....and it will be as tasty as this one)

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