Vegetable Dum Biryani

Vegetable Dum Biryani

Biryani is always the one recipe that I love to cook on Holidays.This is such aromatic and flavorful vegetable biryani that would impress your guests or held your family together for lunch or dinner in Holidays.The recipe requires slow cooking of Basmati rice with vegetables and spices on simmer to blend in the flavors and taste.


For biryani masala
1 teaspoon nutmeg powder or 1 whole nutmeg
3-4 maces
3-4 star anise
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon peppercorn
3-4 cinnamon sticks
For Rice
2 cup royal basmati rice
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoon oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
water as required

For veggies:
1 red bell pepper,sliced
1 green bell pepper,sliced
1 cup cauliflower,florets
1/2 cup peas
1/4 cup broccoli,florets
1/2 cup carrots,chopped
1 tomato,chopped
1 onion,sliced
4 green chillies,chopped
2 teaspoon biryani masala
salt to taste
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 teaspoon ginger paste
2 teaspoon garlic paste
1/2 cup oil

To Fry
1/2 cup paneer ,cubed
1/2 cup potatoes,cubed
1 onion ,thinly sliced
1/4 cup cahshew nuts
2 tablespoon raisins
oil for deep frying

Other ingredients
1/4 cup coriander leaves,chopped
2 tablespoon mint leaves,chopped
few saffron strands soaked in 1/4 cup warm milk or zarde ka rang
2 tablespoon ghee/clarified butter
1/4 cup milk cream
2 teaspoon biryani masala


For Masala
Grind all the whole spices together along with nutmeg powder.

For Rice
Wash and soak rice in 2 cups of water.
In a pan add the soaked rice along with water.Add a cup of more water ,oil,lemon juice,salt and bay leaves.
Let it cook ,covered for 10 minutes or until rice are partially cooked.Transfer the rice in a big plate or pan and let it cool.

For veggies:
In a pan heat oil and add onions,garlic paste and ginger paste.Saute fro 5-7 minutes or until brown.Now add all the veggies and mix well.Sprinkle salt,biryani masala ,red chilli and turmeric powder.Cook covered until veggies are tender.

To fry
Heat oil in a pan and fry all the ingredients listed to fry ,one by one.Drain on paper towel.

To assemble:
In a mixing bowl add the fried items ,chopped coriander and mint leaves.Pour in the saffron milk ,milk cream and add melted ghee and birynai masala.Mix everything well until combined.(Mixture)

Now in a big heavy bottom pan ,add a layer of cooked veggies along with some water from it.Top it up with a layer of partially cooked rice.Sprinkle some of the mixture.Repeat layers of veggies , rice and mixture until everything is used.
Cover with aluminium foil and then with lid.Cook on simmer(dum) for about 20-25 minutes.
Once cooked remove from heat and serve hot with chutney raita.

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