Whenever I visit any restaurants, I usually opt for roti or chaats but never rice. Reason being I don’t like too much of the masalas they use with rice. But my husband prefers restaurant made rice dishes than the one I cook at home. Reason, again the masalas they use. One day I decided to try the famous recipe “Vegetable Dum Biryani” to please my husband. I surfed through many cooking sites and picked bits from few recipes and made my own version :-). Believe me, now I love this dish more than my husband does and he never orders biryani in any restaurants now as he prefers the way I cook it. This dish is now included whenever I have guests and they all make a note of the recipe before leaving :-).
The recipe that I am sharing here is probably the easiest way of cooking Dum Biryani and I promise you a restaurant quality output . Try it out :-).
(This recipe serves two)
Fried Onions: 2 medium onions
Cut Vegetables- carrot/ beans/ green peas/ potato (can include cabbage/cauliflower)
Jeera- 2 tsp
Biryani powder- 1 and a half tbspn (I prefer Knorr Biryani powder or Parampara biryani paste)
Garam masala- half a tsp
Coriander powder- 1/4 tsp
chili powder- 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Yogurt- 2 tbspn
Basmati Rice – 2 cups
Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
Nuts and Raisins
For Biryani, while cooking rice add half a tsp of oil, and the whole spices mentioned in ingredients along with half a tsp of salt. The oil keeps rice grains separate and gives a glossy look and the spices give it the necessary aroma and flavor. You can add spices to the vegetable masala also but I personally don’t like getting whole spices while eating. Cook rice until just done. (Rice: water- 2cups:3cups)
Vegetable masala and fried onions:
In a large pan heat 4 tbspn oil and add the slit onions .Fry until golden brown. Remove the onions and drain the excess oil and keep aside.
To the same pan (add a tbspn of oil if necessary) add jeera to the oil. As it changes colour, add ginger garlic paste and sauté. Now add potatoes and fry for 2 minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and fry until half cooked. Later add the biryani powder, garam masala, chili powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder and salt. Don’t add too much of salt as we have added salt to rice as well. Now add yogurt and if the mixture is too thick add 2 tbspn of water. Cover the pan and cook until the raw smell of spices go away.
In a heavy bottom pan/cooker/microwave vessel, add half vegetable masala, half fried onions and some nuts and raisins. Layer the rice on this masala. Now top this rice layer with the remaining half of vegetable masala, fried onions and, nuts and raisins. Sprinkle coriander leaves on top. Cover the pan and cook on medium flame for 5 minutes. Your tasty Vegetable Dum Biryani is ready to eat and serve this with raita of your choice.
Note: You can do the layering of rice and vegetable masala in any order and if you have layered in a microwave vessel, microwave the biryani for 10 minutes.