Vegetable Biryani is a quick and easy one pot meal that you can make for lunch.You need to plan few things before hand like making ginger garlic paste,chopping veggies and making the spice powder ready,then making biriyani is so easy.
Basmati Rice – 1 cup
Mixed Vegetables – 1 cup
Small Onion – around 12
Tomato – 2 small sized chopped roughly
Ginger Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Mint Leaves – 1/4 cup loosely packed
Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp + 2 tsp for garnish
Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1.5 tsp
Curd – 2 tbsp
Oil – 2 tsp
Ghee – 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp
Cashews – 8
Water – 2 cups
Salt – to taste
Bayleaf – 1
Green Chilli – 1 slitted
Kalpasi – 1/4 tsp
Mixed Veggies – I used cauliflower,peas,carrot,potato
To roast and grind:
Cardamom – 1
Cinnamon – 1/4 inch piece
Pepper Corns – 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
Star Anise – 3 petals
Marathi Mokku – 1/2
1.Take the spices and dry roast it till slightly browned.Cool down and grind it to a semi fine powder.Set aside.
2.While you start making the gravy, soak rice for 30mins atleast.Get ready with your veggies,onion and tomato.In a pressure cooker, heat oil+ghee add kalpasi,bayleaf and green chilli.
3.Then add ginger garlic paste and saute for 2mins.Then add onion , tomato and saute till tomatoes turn mushy.Then add coriander and mint leaves, saute till it shrinks.
4.Then add the veggies and mix well.Add red chilli powder,coriander powder and the spice powder that we made.Saute for few mins.
5.Then add curd, mix well, it will look like a thick gravy.Drain water from rice and add it.
6.Give a quick mix.Add 2 cups and water and pressure cook for 4 whistles in medium flame.
7.Once pressure releases, take off the weight and place the cooker in a dosa tawa for 3-5mins in low flame and switch off – This step is purely optional but gives a nice fluffy rice.Then open and fluff it up.
8.Heat ghee in a tadka pan, fry cashews till golden.Add it along with chopped coriander leaves and remaining ghee.Mix well.
Serve hot with onion raita!