Vegetable Biryani

This dish is almost omnipresent, eaten all over the country and great on its own or with side dishes - as well as a great way to get stubborn kids to eat some vegetables! Whether you make it for your family, for guests or for a potluck gathering, you’re sure to get compliments.


  • Soak Double Deer basmati rice in cold water for 20 minutes and wash.
  • Put the rice in a pan with a large pinch of salt, cover with water till ½ in above the surface of the rice, boil and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat, cover the vessel and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour turmeric, lemon juice and saffron water over the rice and sprinkle some fenugreek powder.
  • Turn off gas and steam for 5 minutes. After that allow it to cool on a plate.
  • Heat half the oil, add garlic, ginger and onion and fry until golden brown. Add cardamoms, cloves, salt and turmeric.
  • Add the cheese, coconut and other vegetables separately in the remaining oil. Add ½ the saffron rice, some coriander and mint to the ginger and garlic mixture.
  • Now add the fried vegetables and stir.
  • Remove the mixture from the gas and keep it in a warm oven for 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle some coriander, mint and cinnamon, and serve.

8 Tbsp sunflower oil

4 Cloves of garlic (crushed)

2 in stick of ginger (grated)

4 Medium-sized onions (chopped)

6 Cardamoms

3 Cloves

½ Tsp salt

1 Tsp turmeric powder

4 Tomatoes (chopped)

50g Paneer

Half a coconut (grated)

8-10 Green chillies (seeds removed and sliced lengthwise)

12 Green beans

2 Potatoes (cut into thin sticks)

½ Cauliflower (chopped into small pieces)

A Few mint leaves (chopped)

A Few coriander leaves (chopped)

2 Tsp cinnamon

250g Double Deer Basmati Rice

1 Tbsp cooking oil

1 Tsp mustard seeds

1-2 Green chillies (de-seeded and chopped)

1-2 Red chillies (de-seeded and chopped)

1 Tsp chana daal

2 Tbsp peanuts

1 Pinch of turmeric powder

Juice of 1 lemon

10 Saffron strands (soaked in 2 tbsp hot water)

A few coriander leaves

1 Tsp fenugreek seeds (dry roasted and powdered)

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