May 3, 2013

Green Vegetable Biryani / Biryani Cooked in a Coconut & Coriander Masala

Vegetable briyani is one of the recipe which takes place in our menu often. Each time i do it differently, i love to experiment in this. You can check out my normal veg briyani and dum veg briyani which i posted long before in this blog. Sometimes i make briyani by adding coconut milk in it, sometimes i ground up lots of herbs and add it to the briyani. I will post those recipes very soon.

I made this briyani yesterday. I was very lazy to make coconut milk that day, so i ground up some coconut along with the masala. I also added lots coriander leaves to give  a lovely aroma to my briyani and also a fantastic green colour to it. This briyani gets it bright green colour because there is no spice powders added to this. So the colour stay bright and green.Hope you will try this recipe and let me know how it turns out for you.

Preparation Time : 30 mins for soaking rice
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves - 2 to 3


Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Ghee - 2 tblspn
Cashew nuts - 10 pieces
Onions - 1 large sliced thinly
Carrot - 1 chopped
Beans - 10 chopped
Peas - 1/2 cup frozen
Tomatoes - 1 large chopped
Lemon Juice - 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
Water - 1 1/2 cup

For grinding:
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 6 cloves peeled
Green Chilli - 5 or to taste
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tblspn
Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
Coriander Leaves - 1 cup


Wash and soak rice in lots of water for 30 mins. Set it aside till use.

Grind all the ingredients given in the list to a very smooth paste by adding some water.

Now heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Add in cashews and saute for a min.

Add in onions and cook for 5 mins till it get golden brown colour.

Add in the ground masala and mix well. Cook for 5 mins or more till it leaves the sides and oil separates from it. 

Add in all the veggies and tomatoes. Give a good mix. 

Now add in drained rice and toss well with the masala. Season with salt.

Pour in water and squeeze in some lemon juice.

Bring this to a boil. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 1 whistle or simmer the cooker for 10 mins, Switch off the flame and let the pressure go all by itself.

Open the cooker and Fluff it up with a fork.

Serve with raita.

Take all your ingredients

Ingredients for grinding

Take everything in a blender

Make into a fine paste

Heat ghee in a pressure cooker

Add cashews and roast it
Add in onions and saute it for a while

Saute till it achieves light golden

Now add in ground masala

Saute till oil separates

You can see oil leaving from sides

Add in all veggies

Mix well with the masala

Add in some salt

And give a good mix

Add in drained soaked rice

Toss well with masala

Add water

Squeeze in some lemon juice

Bring it to boil

Cover and cook

Till done



  1. Delicious, colorful and healthy biriyani.

  2. Looks really good..Keep such recipes coming...

    I dont usually leave comments (lazy!) but i just wanted to let you know there are people like me who is following your blog :)

  3. one word " WOOOOOOOOOOW" :D
    Love he green colour :D


  4. What a great briyani! So green and full of vegetables - really perfect for spring. I made it yesterday and I couldn't help sneaking spoonfuls of this dish until dinner. Just try to serve it immediately - the more you reheat it, the more it loses that beautiful green colour.

    And I think I added too much water (about 2 cups), and the rice came out overcooked. I'll cut down on the water next time.

  5. you are awesome. i love it. and i started to feed my baby only after seeing ur note and i'm following all your recipes.................keep posting

  6. Can we cook rice separately and mix the rice with the masala???

  7. @Renu VargheseYes u can make like that too, but the taste wont be same

  8. Hi Aarthi,

    Yesterday was my son's second year birthday. I prepared this and everyone liked it so much.

    Thank you so much for a beautiful biriyani recipe.

  9. Easily explain goooooooooood job

  10. hi , i hav a doubt. u listed a tomato in the ingredient list. but u didnt add it in cooking.. c d pic u posted nd list..if v use tomato wont it taste like ordinary veg biryani ?

  11. oh sorry i didnt c properly.. tomatoes wer lightly colored....

  12. hello arthy mam,
    the very day i tried ur this recipe for my mom,my lil one and hubby. which came out very lil one had little more nd my hubby nd mom appriciated me for newly trying this green biryani. since am an beginner in cooking, ur site helps me a lot totry new without fearing... thanks for ur recipes....and awaiting more and more recipes new from ....thanks and best wishes..


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