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Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani

November 25, 2010

Preparation Time – 40 mins

Serves – 2


Vegetables – Onion, Tomato, Potato, Carrot, Cauliflower, Beans & Green Peas

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Yogurt (Curd) – 3 tablespoons

Cloves – 7

Cardamom – 7

Bay leaf – 1

Jeera – 1 tsp

Cashew nuts – few

Cinnamon – 2 small pieces

Coriander leaves – few

Ginger – 1/2 tsp

Garlic – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Ghee – as required

Salt – as required

For Masala:

Dry roast and grind the following:

Red Chillies – 3

Cinnamon – a small piece

Cloves – 4

Peppercorn (Milagu) – 1 tablespoon

Cumin (Jeera) – 1 tsp

Cardamom – 4


  1. Pressure cook rice (1 cup) with 1 3/4 cup of water. Set aside to cool.
  2. Dry roast the masala ingredients and grind them into fine powder.
  3. Chop the vegetables lengthwise and set them aside.
  4. Boil water and cook the green peas separately. You can either half-cook the other vegetables as well in the meantime or you can fry them in the masala later for a few additional minutes.
  5. In a large frying pan, heat ghee or oil, add a piece of cinnamon, 3 or 4 cloves, a tsp of Jeera, 4 cardamoms and a bay leaf.
  6. After the aroma rises, throw in the cashew nuts and saute till they are golden brown.
  7. Add in the chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent.
  8. Now add the finely chopped tomatoes and a few coriander leaves and cook for 5 mins.
  9. Add turmeric, ground mixture, salt & mix well.
  10. After 2 mins, mix in the fresh-cut/half-cooked vegetables along with the green peas and cover them with masala.
  11. Fry in low flame till the vegetables are well cooked.
  12. Add yogurt and mix well for a minute, for the spices blend well. Turn off gas.
  13. For Biryani, you can either mix the rice right away with the gravy or if you wish to serve it like in restaurants, alternate layers of gravy and rice in a biryani vessel.
  14. Garnish with coriander leaves.

I do not have a biryani vessel and so had to mix the rice with the gravy (in the picture). But, if you have one, or any vessel similar to that, its more authentic and eye-candy to serve the rice and gravy in alternate layers.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. anjelina permalink
    November 26, 2010 9:48 AM

    the hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani is looking good and yum.

  2. varshith permalink
    September 2, 2011 11:03 PM

    very good and spicy

  3. September 2, 2011 11:05 PM

    very tasety and spicy

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