Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani

Biryani is an everlasting relic of the Moghul era that continues to live and breathe in innumerable restaurants and kitchens across the globe.

Not only that, this traditional recipe has stood the test of time by being constantly adapted to suit the tastes of each generation. While many modern versions of this spice-filled rice preparation are made in the oven or microwave, here is a recipe that retains the original Handi cooked magic.

Layers of rice and vegetable gravy are topped with an aromatic saffron mixture and simmered on the stove till the aroma multiplies and wafts out, to fill the room and the hearts of the diners!

Enjoy it hot and fresh, with a Raita or a white-gravy based side dish like Paneer In White Gravy .

Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani

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Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani recipe - How to make Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     6Makes 6 servings


For The Rice
1 1/2 cups long grained rice (basmati) , soaked and drained
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)
25 mm (1“) stick cinnamon (dalchini)
1 clove (laung/lavang)
1 cardamom (elaichi)
salt to taste

For The Vegetable Gravy
1 1/2 cups boiled mixed vegetables (carrots , peas , cauliflower , french beans , potatoes) cubes
1/4 cup paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
3/4 cup finely chopped onions
2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 cup roughly chopped tomatoes
salt to taste
1/4 cup milk
a pinch of sugar

Other Ingredients
1/4 cup curds (dahi)
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander (dhania)
a few drops of edible saffron colour
2 tbsp ghee

For the rice

    For the rice
  1. Combine 4½ cups of water, bayleaf, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, rice and salt in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes or till the rice is cooked.
  2. Strain the rice using a strainer and keep aside.

For the vegetable gravy

    For the vegetable gravy
  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes or till the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add the ginger-green chilli paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and garam masala and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the tomatoes and 2 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add the mixed vegetables, paneer, salt and milk, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 more minute.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Combine the curds, coriander and saffron colour in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the prepared rice, mix well and divide into 2 equal portions.
  3. Put a portion of the rice in a handi and spread it evenly with the back of a spoon.
  4. Add the prepared vegetable gravy on it and spread it evenly.
  5. Top it with the 2nd portion of the rice and spread it evenly.
  6. Pour the ghee evenly over it and cover it with a lid.
  7. Place the handi on a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook on a slow flame for 25 to 30 minutes.
  8. Serve hot.
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Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 17 Jul 20 03:56 PM

Very yummy and very well explained recipe......Awesome and flavourful....loved it!!!
Tarla Dalal
19 Jul 20 03:34 PM
   Vandana thanks for the feedback !!! keep reviewing recipes you loved.
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 13 Jun 18 09:42 PM

Very tempting and delicious recipes
Tarla Dalal
14 Jun 18 05:15 PM
   Hi Mehjabeen, We are very happy to know you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 26 Apr 18 03:49 PM

Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 17 Apr 18 08:02 AM

I tried this recipe and it''s amazing thank mam
Tarla Dalal
17 Apr 18 08:29 AM
   Hi Salma, Happy to know you tried the recipe and liked it.
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 21 Oct 17 11:00 AM

is paneer optional maam?????
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 23 Jun 17 09:30 PM

Tarla Dalal
24 Jun 17 01:42 PM
   Thanks Karuna for the feedback. Happy cooking.
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 21 Jun 17 08:06 PM

Superb App n perfect recipe tastes..My family loves each n every recipe tried from here.Please increase the recipe for kids with regular green vegetables in a healthy version. Thank you.
Tarla Dalal
22 Jun 17 09:17 AM
   Hi Jesal, we are delighted you like the Tarla Dalal App. Here are some kids recipes.
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 13 Jun 17 09:38 AM

amazing ... I made it at home ... and my parents and guests enjoyed the biryani ... all thanks to you ... a big hearty thanks ...
Tarla Dalal
13 Jun 17 09:54 AM
   Hi Minal, thanks for you wonderful and kind comments. Glad every one liked the recipe. Happy cooking.
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 02 Jun 17 01:17 PM

I downloaded the app and same day I prepared this biryani as per the recipe advised... I enjoyed preparing it and I and my husband loved it. thank you!! the app is good as it has several options of cusines, various types of menus, and the details provided in all the recipes is perfect. loved this app. thank you Tara ji
Tarla Dalal
02 Jun 17 02:23 PM
   Pooja, thanks for your kind words and feedback. Please keep reviewing recipes you have made and loved.
Biryani, Veg Hyderabadi Biryani
 on 03 Apr 17 11:54 PM

it was awesome! :)
Tarla Dalal
04 Apr 17 08:19 AM
   Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
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