January 5, 2014

Vegetable Biryani

Biryani is a rice-based dish made with spices, basmati rice, and vegetables. The name is derived from the Persian word beryā(n), which means "fried" or "roasted" (Wikipedia)

Vegetable Biryani

Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Mixed chopped vegetables (Carrots, Peas, Potato, Beans etc)  1 cup
Garlic - 1 clove

Olive oil - to sauté
Butter - 4 tbsp
Salt to taste

To Marinate:
Tomato - 1 medium
Onion - 1 medium
Yogurt - 1/2 cup

Whole Spices:
Cardamom - 4 whole
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cloves - 8
Bay leaf - 1
Black pepper - 1 tsp

Red Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp

Blend in half cup of water:
Cilantro leaves - 1/2 bunch
Green chillies - 4
Ginger 1 inch
Mint leaves - 10 leaves

Cashew nuts fried- 1/4 cup
Cilantro leaves - 3 tbsp
Sliced sauteed onions - 1/2

1. Chop 1/2 onion finely and sauté in olive oil.
2. Chop tomato and marinate with the sautéd onion, yogurt, red chilly powder, turmeric and garam masala.
3. Blend cilantro leaves, green chillies, ginger and mint leaves.
4. Take olive oil in a pan and fry the whole spices and a few green chillies.
5. Next fry the crushed garlic and chopped vegetables.
6. Add 3 cups of water in the pan and salt and 2 tsp of butter.
7. When the water is boiling add the rice, blend mixture, whole spices, marinated tomato, and vegetables.
8. Cover and cook on medium heat till the rice and vegetables are cooked.
9. Serve hot with roasted onions, fried cashew nuts, and chopped cilantro leaves.

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