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Vegetable Biryani Hyderabadi Style | Layered Mixed Vegetable Rice Recipe

Looking at the above pic are your wondering, where are the vegetable??? its all at the bottom and center of the rice. Yes... wondering if it will get burnt? not at all. This is the best possible  fragrant, vegetable biryani that I have ever had. Such a fool proof recipe, and sure a great party pleaser when you have guests who are pure vegetarians. Well also for non veg lovers to pair with a non-vegeterain side. We had guests at home last week, and this time around it was challenging for me to cook something vegeterain but yet delicious and not the usual dal,sambar, rasam. I took a little shift from the usual veg kurma, dal, rice combination to a biryani recipe famous from Andhra Pradesh. My all time favorite when it comes to Biryani is no doubt the Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani (Non-veg) and hence I did not have a second thought in doing this Vegetable Biryani as it was so similar to the biryani I love the most but the only twist of coarse is the vegetables instead of meat.

Of course we all loved it so much and even relished the left overs for dinner the same day. My guests were pleased too :-) 

Recipe Source ~ here
Serves ~ 6 
Cook & prep time ~ 1 hour


For the Rice

Basmati Rice - 5 cups
Water - 10 cups (to boil)
Cinnamon - 2 nos 1 " pieces
Green Cardamom - 4 
Cloves - 4
Star Anise - 2

Oil - 1 tsp

For the Biryani 

Oil - 3 tbsp
Ghee - 1-2 tbsp
Bay leaf - 2-3
Onion - 3 large, chopped
Bread chopped - 1/2 cup cut to squares (optional)
Shahi Jeera - 2 tsp
Green chili - 5 chopped into big chunks
Carrots - 2, chopped medium 
Cauliflower - 20 florets
Potatoes - 3 large, chopped medium 
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Mint leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Curd - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Red chili powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 4 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp (optional)
Salt as per taste
Red food color - few pinches
Saffron - a pinch
Warm milk - 1/4 cup


For Rice
  • Wash rice in cold running water twice and soak them in cold water for 30 mins, after which bring 10 cups of water to a boil, add salt, oil, whole spices. Add the soaked rice to this and let the cook 80%. Once done drain water using a sieve and set aside.
For Biryani
  • Chop onions, vegetables and bread. In a deep and wide non stick pan heat 3 tbsp of oil and add onions to fry until golden brown. Do this is batches adding more oil if required. Next fry the bread slices too, set aside.
  • In the same pan with the left over oil add ghee to it once hot add the shahi jeera, bay leaf, then add the vegetables and ginger-garlic paste. saute for 5 minutes until the raw smell goes. To this add the spices turmeric, red chili, coriander saute well and sprinkle some water if needed cover and cook for 5 more mins. 
  • Check if vegetables are soft, add mint leaves and stir well, once done add curd mix well, add garam masala, salt and mix thoroughly  Take half of the vegetables to a bowl.
  • Turn the heat to low. Now layer the cooked rice on the vegetables in the pan and top it with fried onions, mint leaves, cashew. Again add the remaining vegetables and layer with remaining rice. Top it with more fried onions, mint leaves and the fried bread on top.
  • In the warm milk, add saffron and food color. Mix well and after 2-3 minutes pour this on top of the rice. Cover and once the steam forms.
  • Keep a skillet on the stove and place the pan on top of it. This helps the rice and vegetables getting burnt at the bottom of vessel.
  • Cover lid and on medium to high flame let it cook for 30 mins. Once done do not open the lid immediately wait for the flavors to form in the pan
Serve by mixing the rice and vegetables with raita & papad

Cooks Wisdom

- Adding mint leaves gives lovely fragrant biryani. You can use what ever vegetables you have at the time like peas, beans, carrot, cauliflower 
- Adding nuts and fried bread does give it extra flavor but its totally optional
- While boiling rice, never forget to add salt this is a must.


  1. wow... the smoke effect... i can get the smell... :)

  2. wow it looks super inviting Doll...

  3. can literally feel the steam coming from the plate..drooling!!

  4. Wow i want this hot steaming briyani,yum!!!

  5. Now that looks seriously good!My DH would say appearances are decptive and tell me it looks likea a nonveg biryani now!!i thought so too!!well done.

  6. Super perfect... Love to taste it....

  7. Babe im drooling over this the addition of bread on top...bookmarking to make soon....

  8. Well done Priya, love the steam in the pics

  9. very well done Priya!ooks gorgeous!

  10. Looks so delicious....

  11. Looks too tempting & delicious biriyani,Priya..can amell the aroma :)

  12. looks yummy and flavorful...

  13. Very flavorful dum briyani, looks so tempting..

  14. Priya, Great steaming Biryani pot images..Use of fried bread pieces is new to bread layer looks tempting. Thanks for sharing biryani recipe.

  15. wowww u prepared it wonderful,wish to have some now...

  16. Wow! I want some from the second pic I can see that it is hot hot..ready to eat.

  17. Looks fab Priya! Loved the last smokey picture :)

  18. Yummy Briyani dear..Nice clicks..

  19. Mouthwatering!!!.Love the roasted bread on top.Beautiful clicks as always priya.

  20. Yummy Biriyani... Pics are awesome Priya...

  21. I liked the touch of fried bread cubes; our mothers use to garnish the biryani's and soups with these.

  22. Just mouthwatering...looks yummy & delicious!

  23. Delicious biryani,long since I tried this,yours is tempting me a lot.

  24. Feel like inviting myself to ur place sis, highly inviting Briyani,those bread pieces gives a wonderful touch to this flavourful briyani.

  25. wow...tasty looking Biryani!!! Loved the flavourful recipe!

  26. Mouthwatering biriyani and the first click is superb.

  27. This is irresistible, the colours are soo good and I can almost smell the biryani!

  28. Looks lovely. I recently posted my version of veggie biryani. Very flavorful, one pot dish.

  29. Drooooling.. Here I am holding a plate.. Pass me some plsss..

  30. so inviting,got to try this

  31. we both love this biryani very much dear...Am goona try this week end...

  32. Hi priya..its always..hope u reached dear

  33. Love the idea of bread topped on the biryani...looks amazing

  34. very tempting biriyani dear.. hope u had nice journey :)

  35. Delicious briyani. Hope you reached India safely.

  36. Biryani looks wonderful da.. I must try this method of making biryani sometime.. Love the clicks, beautifully captured the steam coming out too..

  37. Fantastic preparation..i am now craving for biryani...

  38. wow..fabulous & royal biryani!!! Superb presentation..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  39. Looks flavorful and yummy....

  40. I m going to try this when I get vegetarian guests.they look so tempting..I love biriyani with breads in it :)

  41. Yummy and perfect biryani Priya. Mouthwatering... Hope you reached India safely. How r u?

  42. drooooling deee..super !!

  43. I loved the layers akka, looks so pleasing specially the first click is so good :) Looks like your guests had a very fulfilling treat :)

  44. Im drooling here...please do pass me some

  45. Wow, love the smoky smell. Generally I always go for non veg biryani, but this veg biryani looks awesome. Actually I was looking for vegetable biryani in Google that's how your blog caught my eye. I am going to make it soon.

  46. wow biryani looks simply yummy and delicious :) drool worthy clicks and makes me feel hungry :)


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