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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vegetable Biryani (using Coconut milk)

Recently when I visited my neighbor Geetha's house, she gave me her Vegetable biryani to taste and I immediately got hooked to it. I usually prepare it differently. So when I was thinking about different rice dishes, this thing immediately came to my mind. So called her up and got the recipe and tried it. Though it did not taste like hers, it did taste very good. So am going to stick with this recipe. 
It is a wholesome one pot meal perfect for packing lunch. 

vegetable biryani in pressure cooker, vegetable biryani recipe

What are the ingredients needed?

To grind to a paste
Fennel seeds, 1 tsp
Ginger- 1"- 2'' long
Garlic, 4-5 cloves
Mint leaves, a handful
Coconut, 2 Tbs
Coriander powder, 2 tsp
Cloves, 2-3 nos.
Cinnamon,1 small piece
Red chillies, 2-3 nos.

Other ingredients needed
Basmati rice, 2 cups
Mixed vegetables, 2 cups (carrots, beans, peas or any veggies of your choice)
Oil, 1 Tbs
Ghee, 1 Tbs
Cinnamon, 1 small piece
Cloves, 2- 3 nos
Cardamom, 4-5 nos.
Cashew, 5-6 nos.
Onion, 1 no
Tomato, 1 large
Green chillies, 2 nos.
Coconut milk, 1.5 cups
Water, 1.5 cups
Salt to taste
Cilantro, handful

Vegetable biryani recipe

How it is made?
  1. Soak Basmati for 15- 20 minutes. Drain well and keep it aside.
  2. Grind fennel seeds, ginger, garlic, mint leaves, coconut,fennel seeds, cinnamon, cloves, red chillies into a paste.
  3. Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker and add cinnamon, cloves, cashew any fry them for a minute or two then add the onions, green chillies and saute them till onions turn translucent.
  4. Then add the chopped tomatoes and ground paste to this and cook till tomatoes turn mushy. 
  5. Then add the chopped vegetables and add coconut milk and water, bring it to boil then add the soaked basmati rice, salt to taste and add handful of cilantro on top, close the pressure cooker and pressure cook.
  6. When it whistles, reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes and turn off the heat.
  7. Let the pressure release, then fluff it up and serve with raitha.


  1. looks flavorful.. neat presentation..

  2. Yummy biriyani... I can get the aroma here..

  3. Feeling hungry to see this biryani bowl. Delicious & divine.

  4. looks delicious....bookmarked it....wil try this :)

  5. Makesme hungry,colorful and yummy biryani.

  6. wish I could come over for a bowl of this..looks YUM!!

    1. Sure Mireille. Do come over, when you visit Boston. :)

  7. the ingredients look interesting..have book marked will read with total leisure.

  8. Delicious biryani. Love the addition of the ground paste. Will have to try this next time.

  9. Love the flavors in this Biryani Divya.

  10. flavourful,wholesome and delicious biryani..

  11. My mom makes it exactly with same ingredients and I do it to some time. This recipe makes me so nostalgic and I love the color of your biryani. Super Divya!

  12. Looks very flavorsome..love all varieties of biryanis

  13. Full of flavours, wish to have this irresistible briyani for my Sunday lunch.

  14. Looks great. I like biryanis with ground paste. There is a lot more flavour added to it.

  15. wow...sounds really delicious...will try it soon:)

  16. Briyani looks so inviting.Nice recipe Divya...

  17. Nice flavorful biryani! You seem to use your pressure cook a lot for cooking rice. My pressure cooker is restricted to cooking lentils & mutton, that's it. Pressure cook does make life easy and my friend always tells me to use it even for rice.

    Anyways, beautiful click.. I like the reflection of the bowl on the glass.

    1. Yeah Usha..I use pressure cooker a lot. It makes cooking easy and quick. :)

  18. biryani looks fantastic. love this

  19. Biryani look tasty and healthy

  20. healthy and flavourful Divya.

  21. We had veg biryani for the weekend. Its the most flavorful one pot meal ever! Yours luks very tempting :)

  22. like usha said even i normally use pressure cooker for cooking dal and red meat...thats it!!....i dont know, i always have this feeling that basmati rice will get overcooked in a pressure cooker...so..i haven't tried it yet...

  23. Sounds like a flavor packed biryani would love to have this any day.I was going through your lovely blog and has bookmarked many of your dishes to try out.Will let you know how they turned out once I try them.

  24. Very healthy n colorful biryani, looks so inviting.

  25. biryani looks wonderful hope you can join the event in my site

  26. Cooking vegetable biryani is challenging, but you did it so well! Lovely!!

  27. I made your veggie biryani recipe and it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. That is nice to know, Nandini.. Thanks for the feedback..:)


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