Simple Vegetable Biriyani

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One Pot Vegan Meal


Simple Vegetable Biriyani is a quick one pot recipe that can be eaten as is as a meal or as a part of the lunch menu. This is Vegan recipe that is great for lunch boxes.

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Recipe Facts:


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Total Time

30 min

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– Basmati Rice – Mixed vegetables – Onion thinly sliced – Cumin seeds – Fennel seeds – Bay leaf – Cinnamon – Cardamom – Turmeric powder – Red chili powder – Biriyani Masala – Salt  – Ghee / Oil  – Water

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– Wash and soak the rice.  – In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil or ghee. Add the whole spices; cumin seeds, fennel seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamom. Let it fry. – Now add the sliced onion and saute until translucent.

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Steps 1-3

– Add the rest of the chopped vegetables - I used bell pepper and carrot. We can use potatoes, peas, green beans, cabbage and cauliflower as well. I see this recipe as a good way to use the little bit of leftover vegetable that I have in the refrigerator.

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Step 4

– Saute the vegetables for couple of minutes and then add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and the biriyani masala. – Give it a quick stir and then add the drained rice. Mix it gently and let it all fry. – Add the water needed along with salt to cook the rice and mix well.

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Steps 5-7

– Let the mixture come to a boil and then simmer the flame and cover the pot with the lid. Let it cook on the lowest flame until the rice is completely cooked. Check the rice in between to see if it is cooking.

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Step 8

– Do not mix it too often as you will break the long rice pieces. When all the water has been absorbed and the rice appears cooked, turn off the flame and fluff it lightly with fork. Let it sit for few more minutes covered.

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Step 9

– Serve warm with raita and or plain yogurt.

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Step 10


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