Vegetarian Biryani

Vegetables and Rice Dum Biryani

Vegetarian Biryani
Diet Info: DF GF F LF Na LS VG V Fa
Vegetable Biryani is a famous one pot dish. It can be a complete meal in itself. Biryani is a rich dish, cooked with a sort of spicy curry, made with veggies or meat or chicken or fish. Lamb biryani is perhaps the most popular of all the biryanis. Vegetable Biryani is not only liked by vegetarians. Even meat eaters love Vegetarian Biryani. Like any other traditional biryani, the par-cooked vegetables are sandwiched between the layers of fragrant long-grained basmati rice. And then this layered preparation is cooked on dum (in sealed vessel in a hot oven). Traditionally, vessel is sealed with layers of wheat dough, but we are using modern method to seal it with aluminum foil and Dutch oven lid. This is a challenging process as it requires sharp attention to time and temperature to avoid over- or under-cooking the rice and vegetables. Although this recipe calls for multiple steps, we assure you that it is an easy to cook dish. With elaborated steps, you will enjoy cooking and eating it.

Pairing Ideas:

Cucumber Raita Quick Oven Baked Naan Bread Indian Crispy Bhindi (Okra) Raita

Vegetarian Biryani

Vegetarian Biryani
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Indian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 2 quarts - Serves: 4
(Serving Size: 2 cups)



  • Step for Recipe - Vegetarian Biryani 1. Mix well yogurt with 2 tbsp of water. Add Saffron, orange zest and set aside.
    Step for Recipe - Vegetarian Biryani 2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan, add round sliced yellow onions and stir fry till onion caramelize. Drain on paper towel and set aside.
  • Step for Recipe - Vegetarian Biryani 3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add 2 cloves, 2 green Cardamom pods and 2 black cardamom, cumin seeds, a bay leaf. Fry for 1 minute.
    Step for Recipe - Vegetarian Biryani 4. Add ginger, garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes. Now add all vegetables and stir fry for 5-6 minutes.
  • Step for Recipe - Vegetarian Biryani 5. In a small bowl, mix together red pepper powder, coriander powder, 1 tbsp salt and turmeric. Add this powder mixture to vegetables. Coat well and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. In mean time, wash Basmati Rice and par cook in boiling water. Add 1 Bay Leaf, 2 Cardamom pods and 2 Cloves, 1/4 tbsp salt while cooking.
    Step for Recipe - Vegetarian Biryani 6. In a Dutch Oven, spread some caramelized onions and cooked vegetables at the bottom of pan. Add layer of par cooked rice. Top it with few more caramelized onions and cashews. Layer vegetables on top of rice. Top it with 2-3 spoons of saffron flavored yogurt. Few leaves of mint, cilantro and 1 tbsp chopped green onion.
  • 7. Repeat layers of vegetables and rice with yogurt and mint leaves 2 more times. Layer such a way that rice layer can be the last layer. Top that layer with leftover yogurt and greens. Top it with caramelized onions.
  • Step for Recipe - Vegetarian Biryani 8. Seal the dutch oven with Aluminium Foil and cover it with Dutch Oven lid. Bake it in pre heated oven at 350 F for 20 minutes.
  • Step for Recipe - Vegetarian Biryani 9. Open it just before serving and enjoy this aromatic delicious mouthwatering Vegetarian Biryani also known as Vegetable Dum Biryani.

© Chef De Home. Post content including video and photos are copyright protected.

We Think You'll Love

Leave a Message:

Did you try the recipe? Do you have feedback or a question? Leave a message below.

*Name and Email are required.

6 Responses

  1. Your ingredient list is lacking saffron, curry leaf ??,bay leaf, & cashews. What is curry leaf?
    Curry Leaf was a typo. It actually is bay leaf. I have updated the remaining missing ingredients.
  2. I love rice. This rice dish with vegetables look so so so good , cant wait to try this recipe. Thanks for this mouthwatering vegetarian briyani recipe.
  3. Thanks Mitchell. Let me know how you like it.
  4. I love vegetarian briyani. Thanks for this recipe.
  5. I recently quit eating meat. I used to love lamb briyani:) Thanks for this so detailed vegetarian briyani recipe. Looks so delicious. I will try it sooooon.