Friday, June 22, 2007

Vegetable Biryani

Biriyanis in any form is great to have. Especially for a working woman like me, this is one easy dish to make and not think of side dishes and other extra items that we might normally have to prepare. Planning for a complete meal for the lunch is a big herculean task. Especially at home where everybody packs their lunch, its even more difficult as they need to get a balanced diet with all the Vegetables and a filling food.

I was planning to come with a series called Lunch Box series where I will be writing on the easy and balanced combis which will get done in flat 1 hrs time of cooking. Also I had an idea of starting a Event based on this theme. Do let me know if there is one already on this theme.

Well coming back to Biryanis, its so healthy as it has all the vegetables required, and takes very little effort to prepare. This is an ultimate choice for Vegetarians and especially for working people who need to pack in a jiffy.

We prepare different types of one dish based rice atleast once a week.

Here you go for the recipe

Serves : 4
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins

Ingredients needed:

Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Butter - 2 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Onions - 2 medium
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Green Chilles - 4 nos
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Carrot - 1/2 cup
Beans - 1/2 cup
Peas - 1/2 cup
Potatoes - 1/2 cup
Bay Leaves - 2
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Cloves - 5
Mint Leaves - 1/4 cup
Coriander Leaves - for garnishing
Curd - 1/2 cup
Water - 4 cups
Salt to taste

Method to prepare:

Clean and soak Basmati rice for 15 mins in water. Refer here for my method of cooking Basmati Rice

Chop all the vegetables. Keep it aside.

Heat Oil and butter in a pan in which you are going to cook.

Add all the whole spices, then add onions, Green Chillies, Mint leaves. Saute till they are golden in colour.

Then add ginger garlic paste. Once its cooked well, add the Vegetables. Fry for 5 mins

Then add drained rice and fry gently so that the rice is coated well in butter and at the same it does not get broken

Then add tomatoes, Curd, Salt to taste, turmeric pw, water. Normally for cooking basmati rice we use 1-1&1/2 ratio but since we have all the vegetables to cook I added 1-2 ratio of water.

Pressure cook the rice and garnish with Coriander leaves.

Hope you enjoy preparing this.

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bee said...

this looks excellent. thanks for sharing this. looking forward to your series.

archana said...

Biryani is looking too yummy :)
Love veg biryani,becoz it is tasty and a complete meal. Looking forward for your series.

Suganya said...

Rice and veges - right combo for a healthy lunch. Looking forward to the new series..

ushaprashanth said...

Biriyani looks very nice! btw how many whistles should we give??and i have a suggestion .. instead of puting whistle .. just close the cooker and wait for 15 minutes.. the rice gets cooked and it will not turn mushy....its jsut a suggestion..dont mistake me..
I am looking forward to your series and event!!!

Srivalli said...

Thanks bee, archana, Suganya for all your encouragement, will come out with the series soon.

Hi usha ..since basmati rice is used you can keep for one whistle. your suggestion is also good, don't hesitate to comment. All of us have different good idea to get things done fast. so its always best if we share. Amma normally cooks this way for Dum biryanis. But when preparing on week days putting it on whistle cooks faster.

Sure will be posting from next week.

Aruna said...

Srivalli, That looks delicious.. Nice recipe :)

DEEPA said...

wow!!!veg briyani looks awesome ...looking forward for your series ....must really different ....just waiting for it

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