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cabbage biriyani in a bowl
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4.38 from 8 votes

Simple Cabbage Biriyani - Spiced Cabbage Rice

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Lunch Recipes, Main Course, One Pot Meal
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 Servings


  • Basmati rice - 1 ½ cups
  • Onion - 1 thinly sliced
  • Cabbage - 2 cups thinly sliced
  • Bell pepper - 1 thinly sliced
  • Red chili powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Dhania jeera powder / cumin coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Biriyani masala - 2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste
  • Fresh mint - about ½ a bunch coarsely chopped
  • Yogurt Plain - 3 tablespoon
  • Star anise - 1
  • Fennel - ½ teaspoon
  • Cardamom - 3
  • Oil or Ghee - 2 tablespoon


  • Cook the rice with a star anise and ½ teaspoon of salt and keep aside to cool. I cooked my rice on stove top in a sauce pan. Wash and soak the rice for about 20 minutes. Add a star anise to about 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Add the drained rice along with salt to the boiling water and mix. Let it come to a quick boil and then simmer until all the water is absorbed the rice is cooked. Cover the rice and let it finish cooking. Turn off the flame when the rice water is all gone. Let the rice stand for few minutes and then spread it in a wide bowl or tray to cool.
  • In a pan, heat the oil or ghee. Add the fennel seeds and cardamom and let it fry for couple of minutes.
  • Add the sliced onions and let it saute until translucent.
  • Now add the bell pepper and the cabbage and mix well. Also add the chopped mint and let it all cook until the cabbage and the bell pepper are ¾th cooked. Make sure that the cabbage and the pepper still maintain some crunch to it.
  • Now add all the dry masala powders; turmeric powder, red chili powder, dhania jeera powder and biriyani masala along with salt needed.
  • Mix well and add the yogurt. Saute until the oil starts to separate and the mixture becomes aromatic. It takes about 5 to 7 minutes in medium flame.
  • Add the cooked and cooled rice to the vegetable mixture and gently mix. Take care that we don't break the rice. Cover the pan for 4 to 5 minutes and simmer.
  • Turn off the heat and serve hot with raita.