Friday, May 20, 2011

Vegetable Pulao/Biryani Recipe with step by step photos

Hi folks ,I'm back again with this recipe which I like to make atleast once a week. It is a rich rice dish becoz i add coconut milk to it and it just changes the humble veg pulao to a delicacy. There are lot of variations to this rice dish and this is my version. You could also add mushroom, gobi, potato, corn. I'm cooking this dish in the pressure cooker as i don't yet have a electric rice cooker. If you have one and wish to cook in it, then just cook the vegetables the same way in a kadhai and later mix it with rice and cook in the electric rice cooker.

Guys could you please suggest a good brand and model of Electric rice cooker that I can buy ??

I hope you enjoy this dish.::-))

Ingredients :

Rice = 1 1/2 cups of Basmati rice 
Carrot = 2 medium
Beans = 7-8
Soya chunks = a handful
Green Chille = 4
Peas = 1/2 cup
Tomato = 2 medium
Onion = 3 small to medium
Coconut = 3/4 of a coconut
Ginger- garlic paste = 2 tsp
Oil = 4 tbs
Desi Ghee = 1 tbs
Chopped fresh coriander leaves = lil

To saute :

Saunf =1/2 tsp
Jeera = 1 tsp
Cinnamon = 2 sticks
Green Cardomom = 7-8
Black Cardomom = 3 small
Starnice = 1
Pepper = 1/2 tsp
Mace = 1
Cloves = 8-10
Sea-moss = lil see the pic for ref (this comes with the biryani masala )
Curry leaves = 2 springs

Masala :

Red chille Powder = 1 tbs
Salt = as per taste
Tumeric powder = 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder = 2 tbs
Garam Masala = 1 tbs

How to make coconut milk : 

For coconut milk, we grind the coconut pieces in 2 cup of water and strain it. Again grind the coconut with 1/2 cup of water,,this one will be comparatively thinner in consistency,.....If you are to lazy to go through all this then just buy the ready made coconut milk and dilute it.

Please note that you need to dilute the coconut milk with water as this will be added to the rice so adjust accordingly. As i have added 3 1/4 cups of diluted coconut milk for the amount of rice that i have taken.

Method :
I have used Dawat Basmati Rice
Clean the rice in running water until its not cloudy and soak it for abt 1/2 hour, in the meantime we can cut our vegetables
These are the vegetables I'm using for this recipe just to give you guys a better idea

Boil water in a pan for the soya chunks
Let them stay on for 1 min and then switch of the stove
They will become soft in a jiffy so remove them from water and squeeze it well to remove excess water
Grind coconut with water as mentioned above
This is how the coconut milk will look,,sorry for the crappy pic...
All the vegetables cleaned and cut it as per your wish but keep the onions and chillie lengthwise
The masalas  and the sabut garam masalas which are mentioned above
Heat the cooker
Add oil
Add the ghee
Add the items mentioned in Saute
Add onions fry it with a pinch of salt and fry for 1 min
Add green chille, curry leaves and ginger-garlic  paste and cook for 2 mins
Add the chopped tomatoes
Add the beans and carrots
Add the peas and soya chunks(i have cut mine in half)
Add the rice and fry it for a bit
Add the coconut milk and the masalas
Give it a good stir and adjust seasoning if you need to
Cook for 1 whistle and open and add chopped coriander and your dish is ready  to be served with dahi or raita.


  1. Whew.....delicious.....i hungry seeing this !!!

  2. wow.... such a detailed pic-by-pic post.... will definitely try it out :)

  3. Thanks Ramya and let me know how it came out!!:D

  4. hi

    romba nalla irundudu endha briyani..we loved it...


  5. your recipie is fine bt dear outcome did not look like4 as it should had been

  6. Hi Anonymous : Yeah even i was thinking about the same thing when i was posting that pic, but i was so tired after clicking pics at each and every step that i forgot to make the dish look more appealing to the eyes, but i think it certainly tastes good.:)

  7. Thanks Ma'm, I will definitely try it myself, when my wife will be on leave...

  8. Anonymous : You're welcome...Sure and don't forget to let me know the result!!!



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