Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Layered Vegetable Biryani


Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Carrot -1/2 cup, chopped
Beans - 1/2 cup chopped
Fresh Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Onions - 3, peeled and sliced vertically
Tomatoes - 4, chopped
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsps
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Milk - 3 tbsps
Fresh Cream - 2 tbsps
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Clove - Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Rose water - 3 tbsps
Salt to taste
Ghee - 1/4 cup


  1. Wash rice and drain out all the water.
  2. Boil carrots and beans.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat 1 tbsp ghee.
  4. Add cardamom and clove-cinnamon powder and saute for 1 minute.
  5. Add rice, salt and saute till all the moisture content evaporates.
  6. Remove half the portion of rice and keep it aside.
  7. For the remaining half portion of rice in the pan, add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and saute well.
  8. Pressure cook both the portions of rice separately till the rice is half cooked.
  9. You now have two coloured rice - one portion is yellow and the other is white.
  10. In another pan, take remaining ghee and saute onions.
  11. When onion turn slightly brown, add ginger-garlic paste.
  12. Blend tomatoes into a smooth paste.
  13. Add this paste to sauteed onions.
  14. Saute for 3-4 mins.
  15. Add boiled carrots, beans and green peas.
  16. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and mix well.
  17. Add milk and fresh cream and mix well.
  18. Cook in medium flame till there is no more liquid.
  19. Grease a large microwave safe dish.
  20. Spread a layer of yellow coloured rice on the dish and flatten to make an even layer.
  21. Spread a layer of the vegetable mixture and flatten it to make an even layer.
  22. On top, spread the white coloured rice and and flatten it to make an even layer.
  23. Sprinkle rose water over the top layer.
  24. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes with a lid covered on the dish.
  25. Remove from microwave and leave it covered for 10 minutes.
  26. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  27. Serve hot.


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