Vegetable Biryani

Being a vegetarian, Vegetable Biryani is definitely included as a weekend special lunch.  Vegetable biryani is a flavorful and exotic rice dish which looks colorful, with vegetables and spices. There are many ways to cook biryani. I  generally make Vegetable biryani the way my amma cooks it, and it is delicious and easy to cook. Few of my friends are experts in making biryani. One day, while talking to one of my friend, she mentioned Hyderabad biryani. I always thought Hydrabad biryani was complicated, but after hearing her version I realized it was not the case. I wanted to try that at home. Here is my version of Hyderabad vegetable biryani.


Vegetable Biryani

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Soaking Time: 1 hour |  Cooking Time : 45 mins | Serves : 4

Recipe Category: Entree



Basmati Rice – 1 cup,soaked and drained

Mixed Vegetable – 1 cups + 1/2 cup (I used carrots, beans, cauliflower and potato)

Mint – 1/4 cup

Biryani Masala –  2 tsp

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp

Curd – 1/4 cup

Cashew – 2 tbsp

Water – as needed

Saffron – 1/16 tsp

Saffron color – a pinch

Cardamom Pods – 2

Cinnamon Stick – 1/8 tsp

Roasted Bread – to garnish (I have oven roasted bread at 350 degree F. You can either follow the procedure or grill/fry it)

Bay leaf – 1

Fennel Seed  powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt – to taste

Biryani Masala: 

Cinnamon Stick – 1/4 stick

Cloves – 2

Cumin – 1/4 tsp

Pepper Corns – 1/8 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Green cardamom – 3 pods

Red Chilli Powder – 1/8 tsp

Black Cardamom – 2 pods


  • Soak rice in warm water for 1 hour
  • Take a blender, add all the spices listed under “Biryani Masala” and make a coarse powder


  • Add oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add whole spices, onion and ginger garlic paste. When the onion becomes translucent, add vegetables and salt. Cook the veggies. Add mint, garam masala and biryani masala and saute for a minute. Finally add curd, cook for 2-3 minutes and switch off


  • In a separate wide pan, boil water. Add cinnamon stick, and when the water is boiling hot, add rice and salt. After the rice is  cooked, strain the rice
  • Take a heavy bottomed pan/pressure cooker/ non stick pan  (I took a non stick pan). Spread some of the cooked vegetables ,mint and cooked rice over them. Repeat the process, adding layers of vegetables and rice. Finally, add cashew,saffron and saffron color and close it with a lid, and cook it for 15 – 20 minute in a very slow flame. Garnish Biryani with onion and fried bread. Serve it with raita/Salna

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My Notes:

  • You can add fried onions instead of regular onion
  • Can add paneer and mushroom
  • If you are doubtful whether you may have burnt the biryani, use double boil method. place water in wide pan and place the biryani pan over it
  • You could also preheat the oven to 190 degree celsius and then bake the biryani in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Please remember to use an oven-proof utensil like the pyrex ones for baking in the oven.
  • This biryani masala powder can be used for any type of Biryani
  •  You can add pomegranate Seeds if needed
  • Adjust spice according to your taste
  • Can add turmeric powder

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  6. Lily June 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM Reply

    I love biryani, I usually have mine with chicken, like your version, thanks for sharing!

  7. lapetitepaniere June 27, 2014 at 1:08 AM Reply

    So delicious, love the recipe 🙂

  8. apuginthekitchen June 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM Reply

    I love Biryani and although I am not vegetarian I prefer without meat. So glad that you included the recipe for the Biryani Masala because spicing can be tricky (at least for a spice novice like myself) Do you make your own garam masala? This is a delicious recipe.

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM Reply

      Thanks Suzanne:) i am glad to know that you like veg biryani. I use store brought garam masala

  9. Ami@NaiveCookCooks June 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM Reply

    I had a cauliflower and I was thinking about biryani only and then I came here and saw this!! You read my mind. Looks so so delicious!

  10. sarahjmir June 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM Reply

    What a yummy looking veg biryani! what masala did you use?

  11. swethadhaara June 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM Reply

    Ha ha I only know how to make biryani by using the MTR or Eastern powders. They taste good. I am very lazy unlike you who makes wonders by having patience. Being a hyderbadi, I am a big big fan of Biryani!!

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 26, 2014 at 2:44 PM Reply

      Thanks Shwetha:) ya MTR powders are good I have tried them but personal I prefer homemade powder

  12. Ngan R. June 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM Reply

    Beautiful plate of rice! This looks delicious!

  13. Arl's World June 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM Reply

    This looks so delicious!!

  14. cheri June 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM Reply

    this biryani looks wonderful, I have only had this before in restaurants and it was always one of my favorite dishes, not I can make it myself. Thank you!

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM Reply

      Thanks Cheri:) I am glad to know that briyani is one of your favorite dish. Let me know if you try

  15. Chitra Jagadish June 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM Reply

    Good one Vidya…liked the idea of bread to pics

  16. nimmiafzal June 26, 2014 at 5:00 AM Reply

    Wowww!!! Super yummy.. I love veg biryani..

  17. smithakal June 26, 2014 at 4:34 AM Reply

    yummy biriyani..tempting

  18. mysimpledelights June 26, 2014 at 3:48 AM Reply

    Looks soooo good!!! I’ve not had my breakfast!! 😊

  19. kurinji June 26, 2014 at 2:45 AM Reply

    Lunch time enga, so pls pass the plate…

  20. Shruti June 26, 2014 at 2:33 AM Reply

    Just read ur post after making bifyani for dinner!!! 🙂

  21. ela hester June 26, 2014 at 12:02 AM Reply

    What a plate of goodies!
    ela h.

  22. Lori June 25, 2014 at 11:46 PM Reply

    So much flavor Vidya!

  23. apsara June 25, 2014 at 11:41 PM Reply

    Yummy, yummy! So well explained, with nice pictures. 🙂

  24. Malar June 25, 2014 at 11:29 PM Reply

    It looks very nice Vidya!! bread pieces gives more taste I feel……Vegetarians ku idhu most preferred choice 🙂

  25. Gayathri June 25, 2014 at 11:14 PM Reply

    Biriyani looks yummy. I love to hav biriyani with bread. My mother makes biriyani with bread.

  26. Foodie Adam & Cookie Eve June 25, 2014 at 10:56 PM Reply

    The biriyani masala gives me a warm welcome 😀 I Made my hyderabadi biriyani yesterday:) This is a special treat 🙂 Do we need to fry the bread chunks before adding?

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 25, 2014 at 11:20 PM Reply

      Thanks Jofy:) waiting for your version. Thanks for mentioning about bread, I have updated my post

  27. Namrata June 25, 2014 at 10:54 PM Reply

    Vidya, biryani looks so good.. i like the fried bread and onions toppings on my plate of rice!!:)

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