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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pressure cooker easy Vegetable Biryani

Easy Vegetable Biryani
Vegetable Biryani is a exotic rice based dish prepared with spicy vegetables, basmati rice and Indian spices. My mom uses Seeraga Samba rice for making biryani instead of basmati Rice. Vegetable Biryani is served with Mint Raita or Onion Raita. This vegetable Biryani is an easy, quick and healthy meal. It is basically a one pot meal and treat for bachelors. It doen't involve any grinding and makes an excellent lunch box. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Vegetable Biryani.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 20 mins
Ready In : 30 mins
Yields : 3 servings
Easy Vegetable Biryani


Basmati Rice
1 Cup
2 tsp
Ginger and Garlic finely chopped 
1 tbsp
Onions chopped lengthwise
1/2 cup
Green chilly slit lengthwise
Tomato chopped
1/4 cup
(Carrots, Beans, potatoes, Green peas) 
1/2 Cup

Garam masala items
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon stick - small
Cardamom - 1
Anistar - 1
Fennel seeds -  1 tsp

Biryani Powder 
2 tsp
Mint leaves
Coriander Leaves chopped
2 stalks


  • Soak basmati rice for 1 hour or as per instruction given in the rice bag.
  • Heat oil in the rice cooker. Add  garam masala items and (cloves, cinnamon, anistar, cardamom and fennel seeds) and green chillies. Add finely chopped ginger and garlic. Fry it till raw smell goes off.

  • Add Onion and fry till onions turn translucent. Add tomatoes and fry till they turn mushy.

  • Add veggies of your choice(Added carrots, beans, potatoes and green peas). Add biryani powder, mint leaves and coriander leaves. Add basmati rice, salt and water.

  • Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

  • Adjust green chillies to your taste. 
  • Bachelors can replace the garam masala items with 2 tsps of biryani powder, ginger and garlic with ginger garlic paste.
  • I have added only one green chilly as my biryani powder was very hot and spicy.
  • Choice of vegetables for vegetable biryani are carrots, beans, potatoes, turnips, cauliflower and green peas.
  • Lastly add one tsp of ghee before serving.
  • My mom cooks Biryani with butter instead of Oil. So we can replace oil with butter. 
  • For more rich flavour, add roasted cashews before serving.

Easy Vegetable Biryani / Vegetable Briyani / Quick Vegetable Biryani / Biryani in pressure cooker


  1. Flavorful biryani.. Perfect for quick and easy lunch..

  2. Adore how the spices and the rest of the ingredients married so well. This is a rice dish I will not say no because its a complete one pot meal which I know is awesomely delicious.

  3. Very delicious and healthy vegetable biryani Nithya...
    You have very good collection of recipes, I am happily following you.

  4. Looks perfect, healthy and colourful.. Loved it Nithya :-)

  5. Superb briyani,my favourite love any variations.

  6. Briyani,the word itself makes me drool,love this super flavourful briyani.

  7. looks perfectly delicious. I am going to make this for dinner.

  8. please tell the rice and water ratio ???.. as i am starting to learn cooking..

    1. For 1 cup rice 2 cups water.. It also depends on quality of rice..

  9. this is amazing site, thanks for posting this, will surly try to cook some of this.


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