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
- Rinse the rice in water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan, add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Sauté for a few seconds.
- Add the onions, garlic, and ginger, and sauté until the onions are translucent.
- Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and red chili powder, and sauté for a few seconds.
- Add the mixed vegetables and sauté for a few minutes.
- Add the yogurt, mint leaves, cilantro leaves, and salt, and mix well.
- Add the soaked rice and 3 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- 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.
- 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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