Hyderabadi Biryani (Vegetarian)

I feel biryani works more for vegetarians than non vegetarians. All meat lovers scoop out the chunky meat pieces and then relish the rice separately. Whereas the vegetarians indeed get to relish it like it is meant to be...now that is how I feel.
So coming to today's recipe, biryani has always been prepared this way for me , it turns out to be the typical hyderabadi dum biryani recipe, so it is good.

2 cups Long grain rice (Basmati)
2 onions thinly sliced
1 tspn ginger garlic paste
2 medium sized tomatoes
1/2 cup  1 tbsp curd
2 cups mixed vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, french beans, capsicum, peas)
2 to 3 bay leaves
1 inch cinnamon
1 tspn cloves
1 tspn black pepper
1 mace
1 black cardamom
2 to 3 green cardamoms2 tspn red chillies 
1 tspn turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp cashews
1) Cook the rice with 4 cups water,1 tspn curd and salt. Add a tspn of oil
2) In a large deep pan, heat some oil, add the whole garam masala. 
3) Add half of the onions. Saute till they are pink.
4) Add the tomatoes and saute further. Add red chilli, turmeric. 
5) Add all the vegetables and cover until cooked.
) Add the curd and salt and cook till the oil separates.
7) In another pan, heat oil for deep frying. Fry the cashews first until light golden, remove and then deep fry onions till crisp
8) In a big dish, grease the base, and make a layer of rice, top it with the cooked gravy. Sprinkle with hand crushed mint
9) Cover it with another layer of rice. Sprinkle the top with cashews, fried onions, and more mint.
10) Cover with lid and cook until there is enough steam  about 10 to 12 min.

Tips  Add a few tspn of ghee on top before covering with lid. You may also sprinkle with garam masala. For toppings, you can also add french fries, fried paneer cubes, brocolli 


Wow the biryani looks tempting. .wish could taste it..super with all those aromatic spices.
Unknown said…
OMG!!! That looks awesome... should have tasted so delicious and so flavorful!!!

preeti garg said…
Look so delicious.
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Janani said…
loving your traditional biryani so good it looks. With one cup of raita I am already to dig in.
Priya Suresh said…
Nevertheless if its vegetarian or non vegetarian, i'll always drool of Hyderabadi style briyanis,inviting.
Unknown said…
my all time fav biryani :) looks so so scrumptious and tempting me :)
Sumee said…
Love those clicks Pradnya! Looks so delicious!
Chef Mireille said…
I love biryani although I have to admit I usually have mine with chicken or shrimp
Kalyani said…
Biryani is tempting me to try this out.. bookmarking this easy version !
Harini R said…
I totally agree that the biryani is very tempting.
Pavani said…
I had Hyderabadi Veg biryani for my H also, but changed it at the last minute. Your biryani looks sooo yummy!
Srivalli said…
Biryani is always so festive right..and your bowl looks very inviting..
Gayathri Kumar said…
Biryani looks super inviting. I am a great fan of hyderabadi biryani...
So flavorful biryani . I remember when I prepared it we just loved it..
Archana said…
Such a delicious and flavourful biryani. I love it.Wish I could eat some now.
Padmajha said…
It's ages since I made Briyani.Your bowl of Briyani looks so perfect and tempting..
Unknown said…
Tempting biryani.. very inviting..
Suma Gandlur said…
A biryani full of flavors.
Hyderabadi Biriyani's are so famous! This looks so inviting and flavorful :)
Rajani S said…
I like your choice of toppings..All of them are so yum! The biryanis you get in the local restaurants have lost their charm for me as they just use too much of masala. Now I am all into Hydrabadi dum biriyani and such :)..
veena said…
Biryani looks super tempting!!1

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