Biryani: An Authentic Indian Dish That Will Transport Your Taste Buds

Vegetarian Biryani is a classic Indian dish that is perfect for a comforting and flavorful meal. Biryani is a rice dish that is typically made with a variety of spices, vegetables, and meat, but in this vegetarian version, we will be using a variety of vegetables and a flavorful blend of spices.


  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (such as carrots, peas, beans, and bell peppers), diced
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Rinse the rice in water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Sauté for a few seconds.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger, and sauté until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and red chili powder, and sauté for a few seconds.
  5. Add the mixed vegetables and sauté for a few minutes.
  6. Add the yogurt, mint leaves, cilantro leaves, and salt, and mix well.
  7. Add the soaked rice and 3 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan with a lid, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the water is absorbed.
  9. Fluff the biryani with a fork and serve hot.


  • Serve the biryani hot with a side of raita or chutney.
  • For a complete meal, pair it with a vegetable salad or some pappadums.


  • Garnish the biryani with fresh herbs like cilantro or mint, or squeeze a lemon wedge over it for added flavor.

Vegetarian Biryani is a delicious and healthy one-pot meal that is perfect for vegetarians. The combination of rice, vegetables, and spices make it a flavorful and satisfying dish that is sure to please. With its simple preparation and easy-to-follow instructions, anyone can make this dish in their own kitchen. Whether you are a fan of Indian cuisine or just looking for a new and exciting recipe to try, this Vegetarian Biryani is sure to be a hit.

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