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Step by Step to make Vegetable Biryani in Pressure Cooker.
Ok here is the customary picture I have of my lunch box. It was very good to bite in with the paneer pieces in between.
Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Vegetables - 2 cups (Beans, Carrots, Peas, Cauliflower which I didn't add)
Paneer cubes - 1/2 cup, fried
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 2"
Bay leaf - 1
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
For the masala
Onions - 2 medium
Coconut - 2-3 tbsp
Green Chilies - 4 long
Garlic - 4 -5 cloves
Method to prepare:
Wash and soak the rice for 15 - 20 mins.
Grind the onions, coconut, garlic and chilies into a fine paste.
Heat ghee in the pressure cooker, fry paneer. This can be done in a non stick pan to avoid the paneer sticking to the bottom. I wanted to avoid using two vessels and ending up doing that anyways!
Then add the whole spices along with oil and fry, followed by the ground paste. Saute till the oil comes out.
Add the chopped vegetables, salt and a pinch of turmeric. Simmer for couple of minutes with the lid covered so that the vegetables get soft with the moisture.
Add the drain rice and saute for couple of minutes. Then add 3 cups of water or coconut milk. Just before covering with the lid, add the garam masala and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Once the pressure falls, garnish with fried paneer and serve with onion raitha.
- If you want you can add the paneer to the rice before pressure cooking, which I did next time. It did came out well. But this way of adding fried paneer tastes different too.
- As always when cooking with Basmati Rice ensure to use 1: 1&1/2 cups of water. Even when vegetables are added, they get soft when you simmer for few minutes.
- If you want to use coconut milk, make sure to increase the chillies as the coconut tends to reduce the spice.
- Alternate serving can be a milk tomato kurma instead of the onion raitha.