Vegetable Biryani, Microwave Recipe

Vegetable Biryani is an all-time favourite rice delicacy, now famous all round the world. It is there on almost every Indian restaurant’s menu, and is also a part of the spread at weddings, parties and other festive occasions. Why, it is one of the first dishes that comes to mind when somebody decides on preparing a rice-based one-dish meal.

A medley of vegetables and rice, cooked with spice powders, and a masaledar paste of coconut, ginger, garlic and green chillies, the Vegetable Biryani has a well-rounded flavour and is satiating too. It is quite easy to make in the microwave oven, and just needs simple accompaniments like curds or raita.

Vegetable Biryani, Microwave Recipe

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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1/2 cup cauliflower florets
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup potato cubes
1/4 cup green peas
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander (dhania)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup sliced onions
2 1/2 cups cooked long grain rice (basmati chawal)
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

To Be Ground Into A Smooth Paste (using 1/4 Cup Of Water)
4 tbsp freshly grated coconut
2 tsp roughly chopped green chillies
25 mm roughly chopped ginger (adrak)
1 tbsp roughly chopped garlic (lehsun)

  1. Combine the cauliflower, carrot, potatoes, green peas, onions, coriander, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder, garam masala, the prepared paste, salt and 1¼ cups of water, in a big microwave-safe bowl, mix well and microwave on high for 20 minutes, while stirring once after 10 minutes.
  2. Combine 1 tbsp of oil and sliced onions in another microwave-safe bowl, mix well and microwave on high for 7 minutes. Divide the onions into 2 equal portions and keep aide.
  3. Spread a portion of the onions evenly on a 175 mm. (7”) diameter deep microwave-safe bowl and spread 1 cup of the rice evenly over it.
  4. Spread the prepared vegetable mixture evenly over it and again spread the remaining 1½ cups of rice evenly over it.
  5. Finally spread the other portion of the fried onions and sprinkle the coriander evenly over it and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy388 cal
Protein5.5 g
Carbohydrates49.3 g
Fiber5.5 g
Fat18.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium581.6 mg


Vegetable Biryani, Microwave Recipe
 on 24 Jun 21 01:56 AM

Good and tasty. Please mention to add salt in step 1 about 1 tsp. It mostly enough for 3 people or 4 if there is other food too.
Tarla Dalal
24 Jun 21 10:24 PM
   Yes, it is a good idea to add little salt while cooking vegetables. Thanks for the feedback !!! Keep reviewing recipes and articles you loved.
Vegetable Biryani, Microwave Recipe
 on 29 Jul 20 07:48 AM

When we are doing everything in a microwave, you haven’t said how to cook rice in the microwave !
Tarla Dalal
29 Jul 20 08:57 AM
   Mohan, we have to do that. But look at this recipe.
Vegetable Biryani, Microwave Recipe
 on 15 Apr 20 09:24 AM

Tarla Dalal
16 Apr 20 01:26 AM
   Thank you for your feedback Deepika. Happy cooking.!
Vegetable Biryani ( Microwave Recipe)
 on 25 Aug 16 09:53 PM

This recipe is inherently flawed. 3 cups of water used in the step 1 makes the consistency of the mixture too runny. When mixed with already cooked rice it ruins the whole thing. Please correct adequately.
Tarla Dalal
30 Aug 16 09:56 AM
   Hi Anshuman : Thanks for pointing out the mistake. We have recooked the recipe based on your correct observation and rectified it. Please try the recipe and it should come out perfectly. Sorry for the inconvenience caused by you. Happy cooking.
Vegetable Biryani ( Microwave Recipe)
 on 29 Jul 13 11:28 AM

Love the versatility of this quick recipe. Simply delicious!