Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vegetable Dum Biriyani... using ready made Biriyani paste

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Vegetable Biriyani is a perfect feast for any occasion or a party.Even though it takes a lot of time to prepare this,the final dish is all worth the effort that you took in making it.Biriyani tastes the best when it is freshly made at home,but sometimes I try using ready made masala paste in order to ease the process in making it when I don't have much time to prepare fresh masala which involves lots of frying and grinding process.If you would have checked my earlier post I need not to mention that there was a reason behind making this yummy vegetable biriyani.Anyways if you have not seen my earlier post,I prepared this for my marriage anniversary last week and is the last dish from my anniversary menu.

Ingredients:

1 carrot,sliced into 1" pieces
1 potato,sliced into 1" pieces
10-12 french beans,chopped into 1" pieces
10-12 cauliflower florets
1/4 cup green peas,fresh/frozen
1 capsicum,sliced into 1"pieces
2 big onions,thinly sliced
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
2 tbsp biriyani paste,I used MTR biriyani masala
8-10 cashewnuts
1/4 cup curd,beaten till smooth
few strands of saffron
1 tbsp milk to soak saffron
a pinch of sugar
salt to taste
2 tsp butter
2 tsp oil

To make rice:
1 1/2 cups Basmati rice
1 " cinnamon stick
3-4 cloves
1 Black cardamom
1 biriyani leaf
1/2 tsp royal cumin seeds(shajeera)
salt to taste
1 tsp Butter



Method:

Step 1
To make rice:
  • Wash and soak rice for 10-12 mins and drain the rice and keep it aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp butter in a deep pan and add cinnamon,shajeera,cloves,cardamom,biriyani leaf and fry for half a minute and add rice and fry for a minute.
  • Add 2 and 1/2 cups of water and enough salt to it and bring it to a boil and simmer it and close the lid and cook it until the rice is done.
  • After the rice is completely cooled make the rice fluffy with a fork and keep it aside.
Step 2 To caramelize Onions and cashews:
  • Heat 1 tsp butter in a pan add cashewnuts and fry until brown and keep it aside.Throw in the sliced onions and fry for some time.
  • Add a pinch of sugar to it and let it caramelize until brown.keep it aside.
Step 3 Saffron milk:

Heat the milk and dissolve the saffron in it and let it stand for 15 mins.

Step 4 To make the vegetable gravy :
  • Heat 1 tsp butter and 2 tsp oil and add ginger garlic paste and fry for half a minute.Add the chopped vegetables(other than capsicum) one by one and fry until crisp.
  • Add capsicum and fry for a minute and biriyani paste and fry for some time.Add some water(about 2 tbsp water) and salt required for the vegetables(remember you added enough salt even for rice) and keep it aside.
Step 5 To assemble the Biriyani:
  • Preheat the oven @ 160 deg for 10 mins.
  • Grease a flat oven proof glass bowl with butter and place a layer of half portion vegetables and then continue by a layer of half portion fluffed up rice.Pour half the caramelized onions, beaten curds over it and some saffron milk and repeat doing the same process for one more layer of vegetables,rice,fried onions,fried cashew nuts,curds and saffron milk.
  • Cover it with a aluminum foil and place it in oven and bake for 20-25 mins.
Slightly mix the biriyani and serve it hot with raitha and some gravy.


I am sending this entry for "EFM-Variety Rice Series" event hosted at Me and My Kitchen.

42 comments:

Pari said...

Hi. Nice aromatic biryani, and loved the click.

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice biriyani...

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Pratibha
This is got to be as tasty as the pictures..very nice vege Biriyani recipe indeed.
Happy cooking

Priya said...

Wow wat a fantastic spread Prathy...vegetable briyani looks marvellous and gorgeous..

Varunavi said...

What a snaps,wonderful clicks

Tina said...

Perfect and tempting biriyaniiiiii....Nice clicks dear..

chakhlere said...

Great snap. I am big biryani lover and Just made it some day back. Yours look so much delicious...I loved caramelized onions and cashews.

Sushma Mallya said...

wow beautiful clicks prathiba,and liked the step by step explanation as well...

Padma said...

Looks mouthwatering Prathibha... beautiful pictures.

saju said...

wow..very wonderful pics..i am sure it would have tasted just as good!

Preeti Kashyap said...

lovely click....the biryani is mouth watering!

Sarah Naveen said...

Nice click...Looks delicious ..i wanna grab that platter now ...

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Hi Prathy, Biryani looks excellent, beautifully presented da....

Gulmohar said...

Awesome click...love biryani...I can have it at any time of the day :-)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks fantastic, very beautiful clicks.

SE(Denufood) said...

AAhhhh...what a picture...delicious and mouth watering...

Divya Vikram said...

Have never tried making biryani in oven. Looks perfect.Lovely clicks.

Nostalgia said...

Positively mouthwatering recipe and picture there. That kabab is also so good.. way to go!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Happy Anniv. Awesome biryani and lovely click too...

Cham said...

U made me hungry- lovely pict!

Nandini said...

Gorgeous! Very tasty briyani and you have prepared very perfectly. Beautiful presentation.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

fabulous looking rice..

Gouri Guha said...

The biriyani looks tempting.
...and keep smiling...

Valarmathi said...

Biryani looks tempting and absolutely delicious.

Chitra said...

I too have this in arut completely different from urs..Looks mouthwatering..will surely try in a weekend :)

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

mouthwatering oics and biriyani..feeling hungry now :(

Malar Gandhi said...

Pictures look splendid:) Veg' biriyani is absolutley tempting.

Kabab sounds interesting too.

kothiyavunu said...

oooh!!! briyani looks sooooo delicious!!!
Wanna grab it now and can finish off within seconds..yum!!!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks very nice,and nice presentation too!

PJ said...

What a piece of luck!I got a pack of MTR briyani masala from india last month and I almost forgot about it.Will surely prepare it for the weekend.Looks sooo delish

my kitchen said...

Flavorful Briyani,Looks ddelicious

prasu said...

looks delicious dear.........btw lovely clicks.

Ashwini said...

nice biriyani... using biriyani masala is bit tricky.. u never know the spice level until its cooked... nice click..

Kitchen Flavours said...

I too use ready made powder at times...looks flavourful and aromatic....

Shri said...

Looks just wonderful Prathibha!It has got the restaurant look and pic looks like it is taken from a magazine cover..Gorgeous!

Nags said...

oh my! bad idea to come here just before lunchtime! that looks delicious!

San!!! said...

Droolworthy biryani,very much tempting.

myspicykitchen said...

Delicious!! I love biryani...

Rohini said...

Wow...Yummy biryani!!!! Jus love the colors!

Priyanka Agrawal said...

i will try this hopefully on holi thanks for the recipe. i have made this a favorite page :)

priyanka tammireddy said...

Just now prepared it..very delicious..liked by everyone..used garam masala in place of biryani paste..thanks for presenting an eash method :)

Anonymous said...

Nice recipe

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