Vegetable biriyani

Vegetable biriyani is a flavorful rice dish made using mixed vegetables. I have used blended green masala for this biriyani, I will post the red masala veg biriyani also in future. Both masalas gives its own flavors to biriyani. The biriyani prepared in a same way of other biriyanis by layering the masala and rice and keeping in dum ( pressure) for 15 – 20 minutes.


If you are in hurry then try our one pot Vegetable pulao recipe which can be prepared in a pressure cooker as well as rice pot.

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

Serves : 4 – 5

Ingredients :

For green masala :

  1. Coriander leaves – 1/2 bunch + few for garnishing
  2. Mint leaves – a handful + few for garnishing
  3. Green chilly – 4 or 5
  4. Ginger – 1/2 inch
  5. Garlic – 4 cloves

For biriyani masala :

  1. Ghee/ oil- 2 tabelspoons
  2. Onion – 2 large + 1 small for garnishing
  3. Tomato – 2 medium
  4. Turmeric powder – a pinch
  5. Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  6. Mixed veggies – 2 cups (potato, carrot, green peas, beans, paneer etc)
  7. Yoghurt/ curd – 2 tablespoons
  8. Lime – 1, juice
  9. Salt – to taste

For cooking rice :

  1. Cinnamon stick – 1 piece
  2. Bay leaf – 1
  3. Cardamom – 4
  4. Cloves – 4
  5. Basmati rice – 2 cups
  6. Salt – 1 tablespoon
  7. Oil – 1 tablespoon
  8. Saffron – a pinch, soaked in 2 tablespoons of warm water/ milk

Method :

  • First, wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes.
  • Next, make green masala paste by blending all ingredients mentioned under “green masala” and keep aside.
  • Heat oil/ ghee in a pot, saute onions till light brown.
  • Then add green masala, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and saute till oil separates.
  • Then add tomatoes, saute till slightly soft.
  • Then add veggies, yoghurt, mix well and close the lid and cook till done. Don’t add water.
  • Add lime juice. Also check for salt and add if needed.
  • Biriyani masala is ready.


  • Heat enough water in a large vessel.
  • Add all whole garam masalas , oil, salt to the water.
  • When boils, add drained rice. Cook till 3/4th done.
  • Drain and keep aside.


  • Fry the onions till golden brown for garnishing.
  • In biriyani pot, place the biriyani masala at the bottom.
  • Then layer the rice on top.
  • Garnish it with fried onions, chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves, saffron water.
  • Close the lid and keep on dum/ pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Vegetable biriyani is ready.

Serve hot veg biriyani with kachumber and raita. Pair it with Spicy egg fry to make a delicious meal.


Do try our other biriyani recipes such as

Have a delicious meal 🙂

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