Saturday, December 12, 2015

Vegetable Biryani Recipe | Veg Brinji Rice Recipe | Easy Pressure Cooker Veg Biryani | Easy One Pot Meal

This is one of the long awaited post in happyscook. Yes!! Many of my regular readers were requesting to post this Veg Biryani for a long time now. Finally, it is making its way here. This is a very simple and easy to make recipe which we can make it in a jiffy. Every Friday I make it for our lunch box since Jany and Happy likes it.  Let's go for the preparation steps:
Basmati Rice - 2 Cups 
Onion - 2(Medium sized) 
Tomato - 2 
Green Chilli - 2
Chilli Powder - 1.5 tsp 
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp 
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp 
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp 
Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup(Kothamalli) 
Mint leaves - 1/4 cup(Pudhina) 
Chopped Vegetables -  1.5 cups(Carrot, Beans, Peas, Potato and cauliflower)
To Temper: 
Oil - 1 tsp 
Ghee - 1 tsp 
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp 
Star anise - 1 
Cloves - 4 to 5 
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece 
Cardamom - 2 
Bay leave - 1
1. Chop the onions and tomato. Also, chop the carrots and beans to a one-inch long piece. Cube the potato and slit the green chillies. Clean the cauliflower and boil it rock salt, keep it aside. Soak the basmati rice for half an hour. Clean the coriander and mint leaves. Once everything is ready then we can start preparing the biryani. In a wide pressure cooker pan, add the items under 'To Temper' and allow it to crackle.
 2. Then add the chopped onions and saute until it turns transparent. Along with this add the slit green chillies and ginger garlic paste. Mix it once and add the chopped tomato. Cook it on low flame.

3. Once the tomato turns mushy, add the chopped vegetables and cleaned coriander, mint leaves. Saute it in low flame. Then add the chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder.
4. After the veggies are half cooked and the raw smell of the masala leaves, add 4 cups of water. Bring it to boil and add the soaked rice after washing it. Gently mix it once and close the pressure cooker with the lid.
5. Pressure cook it for 2 whistles and switch off the flame. Once the pressure releases, open the lid and fluff the biryani with a fork.
Serve the yummy biryani with onion raita and pappad. I accompany it with a boiled egg too :)

Points to remember:
  • Soaking the rice gives longer grains and helps it to cook faster.
  • I used fresh peas hence I have added it directly. If you are using dried peas, then soak it overnight and add it in the biryani along with other veggies.
  • Adjust the spiciness as per your preference. You can also add 1 tsp of curd or 1 tsp of lemon before adding water. This prevents the grains from sticking together.
  • You can also add soya chunks and other veggies of your preference.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya

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