Vegetable Briyani

Most of the times I used prepare only non-veg briyani.I love the mutton briyani which is the king of all briyani,my hubby didnt like mutton so I never cooked mutton in my kitchen in US.I studied in national engineering college,tirunelveli.Which is muslim organization,nobody can beat the muslim mutton briyani.During our hostel day function we usually order outside food from a very well known muslim caterer in tirunelveli.There is no words to express the taste of that mutton briyani.That is the best briyani I ever had in my life.

I got bored of making chicken briyani all the time.So for a change I decided to make vegetable version.I had lot of left over veggies in my refrigerator like yellow squash,brocolli,zucchini so I added all these in addition to the usual peas,carrot,cauliflower,potato.It turned out into a healthy veggie meal.If you have the veggie briyani with some raita and some nice and rich eggplant curry,It sure will be a feast.

you need:

BasmatiRice-2 cups
water-4 cups
veggie-(your choice I added a lot)
onion-1(big finely chopped)
tomato-1+1/2(medium finely chopped)
ginger and garlic paste-1 tbsp
oil-1 tbsp
turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
salt-as per taste

To grind
green chillies-5-6
coriander leaves-1/2 cup
mint-1/2 cup
cinnamon-1/2 stick
fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

For Tempering

star anise,fennel seeds,cinnamon,elachi,bay leafs-your choice


Heat the oil and butter in the Pressure cooker add the items for tempering when it started spluttering add the onion and fry well until it is translucent.

Add the tomatoes and fry well until it turns almost into a paste consistency,now add the g&g pasteand fry until the raw smell goes off.

add the salt and turmeric powder and mix well.add the grinded paste and fry add the rice and fry for few mnts finally add the veggies mix it well

add the water and close the lid and cook it for two whistles and sim the stove for 10 mnts(this is similar to dum method)

Serve hot!!Enjoy!!


By the adding the veggies last makes the veggies look in its natural color.

frying the rice for few mnts will not make the rice turns into mushy.

Simmimg the stove for to mnts its very important which will add all flavors induced and for nice aroma..


  1. Priya,
    Love the platting and looks delish. I bet Adarsh must have loved it!

  2. Oh, thanks for the add! I think it's the best way to keep in touch :)

  3. I am agreeing with your point about Muslim 'Mutton Biriyani'...infact that is alone called Biriyani' for me + Muslims.

    Although these we all substitute with chicken. Same and then out of compulsion I too make veg briyani.

  4. Hey Priya, there are so many things in common btw us, am a geminian too ;) and my in-laws are from Madurai.... I guess I am gonna take a lotta help from you to cook Madurai style :) Biriyani looks awesome, reminds me of restaurant ones... I am drooling... My first visit here, shall keep stopping by for more...

  5. Hi Priyameena, thanks for stopping by my blog! :) I like your blog too.. very nice recipes with interesting pictures...!! Great job!! :)

  6. Mutton biryani is certainly the best,but vegetable is good for a change,looks yummy!

  7. Nice to know you studied in NICE , Tirunelveli.
    I m from same area but NEC, kovilpatti .
    Biryani looks delicious.

  8. absolutely malar.. muslim briyaniyae briyani thann..

    Thx ramya..I too have perfect gemini character..My mom one day said to me sometime I talk like a pro..sometimes I talk like fifth grade student..

    Thanks Priya..I am glad to get a new friend with same name of mine..

  9. I could live on vegetable briyani -- yours looks so yummy - thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. This looks great. As you said nothing can ever beat Muslim biriyani..but feels good to have Veg Biriyani too :)

  11. Vivky good to know that you are also from south of tamil nadu..

    Thanks for visiting my blog Nirvana..Thanks for the comments..

    Thanks Pooja..

  12. Thanks Yasmeen..Thanks for visting my blog..