Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Vegetable Biryani

Rice? Yes rice (Baked Rice Pudding). What's with rice (Anchovies Long Beans Fried Rice) Remember, I have already told you (Turmeric Rice)? This Vegetable Biryani, I won't say will be a struggle, but as you would have noted and you will later, you need quite a list of ingredients. Nothing not within your reach or you will have a hard time buying, except maybe for the saffron strands. Otherwise, I think it will be sweep through for you. Getting the ingredients and the cooking aspect of it (Jeera/Cumin Rice, Coriander RiceLemon Cashew RiceNasi Lemak Sambal Udang). The vegetarian version. Why vegetarian or only vegetables? Personally, we don't fancy those meaty biryani. Unless maybe when we dine out. Nothing really personal as well if you are asking me. Just that, our preference. By itself a wholesome and filling meal (Tomato Rice & Dhal Rice), of course the pairing for Vegetable Biryani, can I say is endless or alongside certain types of sides? Its really up to you (Spicy Fried Wings, Lamb Rogan Josh, Vegetarian Mutton Stir Fry & Vegetable Raita). But you must believe me when I say that my style to cooking this Vegetable Biryani can be regardless as simplicity or even effortless. Rice cooker simplifying it and the aroma of Vegetable Biryani waffling in the air (Ghee Rice) when rice cooker is dong the cooking. My-my! May be a vegetarian version, but I can assure you that its rice exciting and trilling to our palates. Dang!

2 cups Basmati rice
2 tbsp ghee
1 onion - chopped
1 tbsp ginger paste
1/2 tbsp garlic paste
Spices - 2 sticks cinnamon and 2 star anise
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp saffron strands
1 medium size tomato - sliced thinly
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
Coriander leaves - chopped
Salt for taste

Wash rice and drain off water completely
Heat ghee and when heated, sauté onion for a couple of mins.
Add spices, ginger paste, garlic paste and garam masala and saffron strands.
Give a couple of stirs.
Tip in rice and continue to stir for a couple of mins.
Thereafter tip this rice mixture and add saffron strands, salt, tomato, lemon juice and 3 cups of water into rice cooker.
Gently stir and cook. 
Once rice is cooked, tip in mixed vegetables and gently mix, simultaneously fluff up rice. 
Coriander leaves garnished prior to serving. 


  1. Nava, I love these rice, each grain standing one another yumm.

  2. The rice looks so good...and seems simple enough for me to follow your recipe. Looks like I seriously have to cook this and the devil mutton curry...

  3. hi nava, thank you so much for this recipe. i have been looking for a plain biryani rice recipe..could not find one that i can understand and try out.
    the rest that have good recipes, are done together with either chicken or mutton and it's a bit complicated for a beginner like me to try.
    have a good week ahead

  4. Dear Nava, this is gonna mark my next dish really soon! Your cooking is always so inspiring and your photography skills is up by another level! My hubby would be really happy having this dish really soon! ^___^

  5. 1 tsp of saffron strands...? That's sure expensive :)) LOL The Biryani sure look great :)

  6. Colorful and delicious as always!!

  7. Love nasi beriyani,best tasted so far in at Hameediyah restaurant, campbell street,Penang


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