Saturday, March 14, 2009

vegetable biriyani

"Biriyani is a delicious Indian rice dish which is often reserved for very special occasions such as weddings, parties, or holidays such as Ramzan.

It has a lengthy preparation, but the work is definitely worth it. For biryani, always use long grain rice. Basmati rice with its thin, fine grains is the ideal variety to use.

Ghee is used in place of vegetable oil to yield a more authentic taste."

Biriyani is usually made with goat meat or chicken. For vegetarians vegetable biriyani is the alternative.

What ever is the form, biriyani tends to provide an ultimate experience to the Indian food lovers.

Vegetable biriyani ingredients:                          

1.  Basmati rice - 2 cups
2.  Water - 3 cups
3.  Ginger garlic paste - 3 tsp
4. Green chillies - 4
5.  Onion - 1 lengthwise chopped
6.  Tomato - 1 finely chopped
7.  Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
8.  Cardamom - 2
9.  Clove - 2

10. Bay leaf - 1
11. Cashew nuts - 10
12. Coconut milk - 1 cup (thick)
13. Ghee - 6 tsp
14. Carrot & Beans - 1 cup 
15. Peas - ½ cup
16. coriander leaves - few
17. Mint leaves - few

Vegetable biriyani preparation:

Heat the pressure cooker with ghee. Then add cashew nuts, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and bay leaf.

Sauté for few mins. Then add onions. Fry for few mins.

Next add tomatoes, ginger garlic paste and green chillies. Sauté until the raw smell disappears. 

Then add carrots, beans and peas. Combine well.

Now add rice, coconut milk, water, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Close the pressure cooker.

Pressure cook for 2 whistles and switch off the stove.

Now your vegetable biriyani is ready.

Serve hot with onion raitha.                                      

Preparation time30 mins
Cooking time30 mins
No. of Servings4

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