Spicy Vegetable Biryani


Spicy Vegetable Biryani

This is my mother`s recipe
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine Tamil
Servings 3 people


  • 2 1/2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 nos Onion
  • 10 nos Garlic pods
  • 1" piece Ginger
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Ghee or Butter A scoop of tbsp
  • 1/2 of Chopped tomatoes
  • 2 nos Green chillies small
  • 1 - Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms and Vegetables (As your wish, details in the method)
  • 2 tsp Lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Yoghurt

Spices(Any kind would be nice) (Ground or fresh) :


  • Grind garlic, ginger, one-fourth of the onion and green chillies together with a little amount of water and keep aside.
  • Wash the rice & soak it in the water and keep aside.
  • Heat oil and ghee/butter in a pan.
  • Add the remaining onion and fry them until it turns to golden brown.
  • Add the spices to them and saute for 2 mins.
  • Add the ground paste and fry for 5 mins.
  • Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt, garam masala, biriyani masala, royal curry/chilly powder to it and cook for 5 mins on low flame.
  • Add all the vegetables, bell peppers, mushrooms & close the lid & cook for 5 - 10 mins.
  • Drain the water from the rice & add to them & stir for 2 - 3 mins.
  • Add lime juice & yogurt to it and stir well.
  • Add 5 cups (same 1:2 ratio of rice and water) of water to it & close the lid.
  • Cook until the rice is done in the stove or in the oven.
  • :- Oven cooking tastes better.
  • Finally, add the coriander leaves for better flavor.
  • :- Serve with mint or onion flavored yogurt.
  • :- It is not necessary to use all the spices and masala powders. We can use what we have. But for perfect Indian taste, the specified things would be better. Garlic-ginger-chillies-onion paste is the magic & we can very well feel that, when we add them.
  • *** Note: For Vegetables Can use potatoes, green peas, carrots, beans, cauliflower... Mixed vegetables would be great & easy. Otherwise we can also use fresh ones depending on the availability. To be frank, I use to add whatever I catches to my hand when I open the refrigerator. But do not use cabbage or green leaves.
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Response (7)
  1. r
    rose August 10, 2011

    My veg biryani never used to come out well..tried this recipe and was very happy..it turned out to be very good..

  2. P
    Priyanka Manivannan August 31, 2011

    I tried this recipe today and it came out very well. It tastes so good. Thanks for this recipe. This is very different from the usual way with Mint.

  3. K
    Kalish November 13, 2008

    Simply Suberbbb.. Ammana summavaa

  4. a
    ananthi October 5, 2008

    this is the best veg briyani i have ever tasted.thanks.ur mom must be a great cook

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