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.
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
turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
salt-as per taste
coriander leaves-1/2 cup
fennel seeds-1/2 tsp
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 well.now 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)
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..