Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vegetable Biryani

Ingredients for 4 people-
  • Rice- 2 Handful + 4 Handful ( washed and drained)
  • Salt to taste
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Biryani Masala- 1 tbsp
  • Onions - 1/2 Chopped + 1/2 finely Sliced
  • Potato - 1 Chopped
  • Carrot - 1 Chopped
  • Peas - 1 Handul
  • Green Bell Pepper - 1/2 Chopped
  • Cauliflower - 4-6 small flowers
  • Mushroom - 1/2 cup
  • Raisins - 1/2 cup
  • Cashews - 4-6 pieces ( cut in small pieces)
  • Almonds - 4-6 pieces ( sliced in small pieces)
  • Olive Oil - 2 Spoons
  • Salted Butter- 1/4 tsp
Directions-

Directions for white rice-

  • Put Cumin seeds in a dry pan. Put the pan on a flame. Kepp on stirring occasionally. Let the cumin seeds turn grey but let iut burn.
  • Now add the rice from bowl, with 4 handful.
  • Add salt and mix it properly.
  • After mixing, add water, double in quantity of rice. Take same bowl for the measurement.
  • Stir it and add just 1 spoon of Olive oil in the Pan from above.
  • Cover the lid of Pan half and keep on stirring occassionally.
  • Keep on checking the rice to get cooked.
  • Don't let the rice get over cooked, as it will spoil the taste of biryani.
  • When rice is ready, transfer it in a different bowl.
Directions for rice cooked with vegetables -

  • Heat the empty pan on a high flame.
  • Add all vegetables in a pan, keep on stirring for 2-3 minutes, so they don't get stick to the pan.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, Black pepper powder and Biryani Masala with 1/2 cup of water and mix everything thoroughly.
  • Add rice from 2 handful bowl and mix it with a wide face spatula.
  • Add Left over Olive oil ( 1 tsp) on top of it and mix it.
  • Add double amount of water as compared to rice.
  • Cover the lid of a pan half, keep on stirring the pan.
  • Keep on checking the rice, it will take approximately 10-15 minutes, to cook the rice and vegetables.
  • Transfer the cooked rice- vegetables in a different bowl.
Directions for mixing both rice together-

  • Take a serving bowl, add 1 layer of white rice not more than 1 inch thick. Spread it evenly.
  • Add another layer of Rice cooked with vegetables.
  • Keep on adding alternate layers of rice, till it reach to the top of the serving bowl, leaving 1 inch gap from the top.
  • Now, cover the lid.
Directions for Garnishing- 

  • Add 1/4 tsp of butter in an empty heated pan.
  • Add sliced onions, cut almonds, cashews( if u desire to, not necessary), and raisins.
  • Keep on frying until onions turn brown.
  • Take the serving bowl and cover the topmost layer by the fried onions, almonds, cashews and raisins.
  • Your biryani is ready, enjoy it with curd or raita ( beated curd, recipe told after completion of this recipe).

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