Saturday, November 22, 2008

Quick n Easy Veg Biryani

Biryani is a versatile dish.There are several versions and each of them has a hold on its own.I have seen baked ones,dum ones etc.Also as per wiki,the rice has to be cooked separately,which differentiates it from pulao.Anyway,I love this dish and experiment a lot and try other versions as well.I recently tried a friends recipe and found that it is the easiest-no grinding the masala or separate cooking -just one pot of comfort food.Hence this recipe

Ingredients:

Basmathi Rice: 1 cup
Mixed Veggies: 1 cup or more as you like
Onion: 1 small
Green chilli:1-2 (optional)
Ginger: little chopped/ground (optional)
Tomato paste: 2 tbsp
Turmeric Powder: pinch
Cinnamon+Clove+Cardamom : 1/2-1tsp each or as per taste
Roast and Powder Cinnamon+Clove+Cardamom : 1/2 tsp each
OR
Homemade/Store Bought Garam Masala : 1-2 tsp as per taste
Coriander Leaves(optional):few sprigs chopped for garnish as well as cooking.

Preparation:
Chop the vegetables and keep aside.I use carrots,beans,peas,cauliflower .Clean the rice as well.Finely chop the onions and mince/paste the ginger.Slit the green chillies.Roast and powder the above spices or use store bought garam masala.Also keep together the whole spices.

Heat oil/ghee/mix of both,add the whole spices,saute till it is about to splutter,add onions,greenchillies and ginger.Saute till transparent.Add the cubed veggies and salt,tomato paste,turmeric and the spice/garam masala powder and saute for a few minutes.Add the rice,blend well with the spices and oil and add little chopped coriander leaves and water as needed to cook the rice and cover and cook till done.

Serve garnished with more coriander leaves and serve hot with raita or any other choice of gravy.I usually do not go for the final garnish . :D


This is a simple version.You are adding the spice powder along with whole spices to make it all the more spicy and tomato paste is a concentrated paste of several tomatoes.It acts much better than the yoghurt and the chopped tomatoes combined.If no paste is available,add chopped tomatoes along with little yoghurt or tomato puree.This is just my version of this tasty dish.Hope you enjoy too.This quick n easy veg biryani is going to fellow runner SriValli's Rice Mela

Filled with a spicy biryani on Recipe Marathon Day #22,lets peep inside fellow bloggers' kitchen:
1)DK 2) Srivalli 3) Ranji 4)PJ 5)Medha 6)Priya 7)Bhawna 8)Raaji 9)Ruchii 10)Anu 11)Kamala 12)Roopa 13)Divya Kudua 14)Rekha 15)Divya M 16)Lakshmi 17)Raaga 18)LakshmiVenkatesh 19) Sripriya 20)Viji 21)Kamalika 22)Pavani 23)Karuna 24)Roochi

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