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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


                                    A VERY SIMPLE RECIPE FOR BIRYANI 

  1. 2 cups rice, boiled till almost done or a day old cooked rice ( preferably Basmati )
  2. Mixed vegetables - cut small size  3 -4 cups ( Carrots,Beans,Cauliflower,Peas )
  3. onions grated  or finely chopped 1/2 cup
  4. Ginger - Garlic paste 2 tsp
  5. Green chilles 1 or 2 slit in half (optional )
  6. Coriander powder 4 tsp
  7. Turmeric powder  1 tsp
  8. Garam masala ( or Biryani Pulav masala) 1 tsp
  9. Chilli powder 1/2 tsp (or more if you like spicy )
  10. Vegetable oil 4 tbsp
  11. coriander leaves chopped 1/2 to 1 cup as desired
  12. 2 tsp lemon juice 
  13. Salt to taste 


  1. Heat oil and add cumin seeds. Let it brown.
  2. Add the onions and Ginger Garlic paste.Saute till lightly browned.
  3. Add the vegetables.Stir fry on a low heat till semi cooked.
  4.  Add the green chillies and the powdered spices.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Mix in half the coriander and lemon juice and cook for about 5 minutes.
  7. The water should be absorbed by now. At this stage, remove half the vegetable mixture  in a bowl.
  8. Even out the remaining vegetable and layer with  half of the rice .
  9. Cover with the rest of the vegetables and a layer of rice again.
  10. Cover and leave on the lowest heat for about 10 minutes.
  11. Serve garnished with coriander.
  • If you like, you can slice onions and fry them till brown and add a layer on the top.
  • Alternatively, you can layer the vegetable and rice in an oven proof glass serving bowl and cover and cook for 10 minutes at 160 C 
  • For a typical Biryani, you can soak few strands of Saffron in 2 tbsp warm milk for 15 minutes. Squeeze the strands with your fingertips. Add it to the rice and mix well . 

    Note:  It is not always possible to have a variety of vegetables at home.  
              Try to make with any of the following as an alternative or addition
             Peppers ( Stir fry and keep aside .Do not overcook )

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