Thursday, November 24, 2011

Simple Vegetable Biryani | Pressure cooker Biryani | One pot meal

Pressure cooker Biryani is an ideal one pot meal when you are lazy to cook anything elaborately and yet want something delicious to eat.To be honest, i'm not big fan of vegetable biryani, to me, biryani means it should be made with mutton.By saying like this doesn't mean it's not a tasty one,just not my favorite. But once in a while, i make this  to finish up the leftover vegetables in my refrigerator.Simple raita and some store brought chips is enough to accompaniment this Biryani.

Vegetable Biryani in Pressure Cooker

Preparation Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 25 minsServes : 2 or 3
Recipe Category: Rice | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Basumathi Rice - 1 cup
Mixed vegetable(Carrot,Potato,Peas,Beans,cauliflower,Beetroot) - 2 cup
Onion(small) - 1
Tomato - 1/2 of one medium sized tomato
Ginger garlic paste  - 1 tbsp
Lemon - juice from 1/2 of lemon
Mint & Coriander leaves - handful
Turmeric powder - pinch
Red chili powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Cloves - 2 nos
Cinnamon - small piece
Cardamom - 1 no
Bay leaf -1 
Cashew - 1 tsp(broken)
Ghee  - 2 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Water - 11/2 cup
Curd - 3 tbsp
Salt- to taste


Soak the rice for 30 mins. In the mean time, cut the vegetables(carrot, beetroot ,potato & tomato) into cubes,slice the onions into thin slices & remove the stem from cauliflower florets. Keep all the other ingredients ready. Heat the cooker with oil and 1tbsp of ghee , add cloves,cinnamon ,cardamom ,bay leaf & cashew and  saute for 30 sec.Then add onions, once the onions become translucent, add all the other veggies & ginger garlic paste and saute until raw smell ginger garlic paste goes off.Add the chopped mint & coriander leaves , give a good stir, then tomatoes & curd.Add the spices(red chili powder,turmeric) & salt. Cover cook the vegetables for 3 mins.Once the water from curd almost evaporated,add the water and bring into vigorous boil.Drain the rice from water and add it in boiling water.Squeeze the lemon juice and finally add the garam masala powder.Mix well, cover the cooker with lid and put on weight.Cook for 3 whistle and switch off the flame.Once the pressure automatically released from cooker, open it and add the remaining ghee, pluff it up with fork gently and serve.Now Vegetable Biryani is ready.Serve Vegetable Briyani with your favorite raitha and chips.
  • As i'm using lemon & curd, so reduced the amount of tomato. If you are not using lemon, add more tomatoes.
  • I'm not using beans this time.
  • For extra spice, add 1 or 2 slit green chilies.
  • You can make  this biryani with jeeraga samba rice too in the same way.