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Aug 15, 2014

Vegetable Biryani Recipe / Vegetable Biryani in Pressure Cooker / Restaurant Style Veg Biryani Recipe

I can proudly say that this is one of the best veg biryani i ever made. I have posted so many version of biryani in this blog like capsicum biryanibabycorn biryanipaneer biryanibrinji rice and etc..You can check all of them here..Infact i have a veg biryani recipe too, but not so satisfied with the image.

I wanted to post another version of the best biryani and the biryani like they do in restuarants..I was hunting for the recipe and finally got it, the secret for their biryani is the spice mix. So far i have never add biryani masala in my biryani, i just add normal spice powders. So yesterday i made a amazing homemade biryani masala powder and it turned out great..I used that powder and made biryani and it was simply amazing..So i am sharing that recipe with you all..

 So give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Soaking Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Oil - 1 tblspn
Ghee - 1 tblspn + 1 tblspn
Pandan Leaves / Ramba Ilai / Biryani leaf - 3 piece
Onions - 1 large sliced thinly
Green Chillies - 2 slit
Tomatoes - 1 large chopped finely
Biryani Masala Powder - 3 tblspn or to taste
Salt to taste
Carrots - 1 medium size chopped into small piece
Cauliflower - 1/2 cup chopped into bite size florets
Beans - 6 chopped
Green Peas - 1/2 cup ( I used fresh peas)
Sugar - 1 tsp
Cashewnuts - 10
Water - 3 cups

To Grind:
Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Mint Leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Ginger - 3 cm piece
Garlic - 4 cloves peeled


Wash and soak rice in lots of water for 30 mins. Take the grinding ingredients in a blender and make it into a smooth paste.

Heat oil and 1 tblspn of ghee in a pressure cooker. Add in pandan leaf and fry for 30 sec.

Add in sliced onions and saute till it is brown.

Add in green chillies and ground masala and saute for 2 mins till raw smell leaves from it.

Add in tomatoes and cook for 2 mins or so.

Add in biryani spice mix and salt. Mix well.

Add in chopped veggies and toss well in the masala. Add in soaked drained rice and mix well.

Pour in water and some sugar. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Bring this to boil, simmer the stove and pressure cook for 15 mins.

Switch off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker.

Now heat 1 tblspn of ghee and fry cashews till it golden, pour this ghee and cashews over the rice and mix well.



Take all your ingredients

Soak basmati rice for 30 mins

wash and chop your veggies

take garlic, ginger, coriander leaves and mint leaves in a blender

make it into a fine puree

Heat ghee and oil in a pressure cooker

Add in cut up pandan leaves or we call it as ramba ilai / biryani ilai

let it fry for few sec..

Add in sliced onions and saute till golden

Now it is golden

Add in ground masala and green chillies

saute for a min

add in tomatoes

cook for couple of mins

take your biryani masala powder

add some in

add in some salt

mix that well

add in all veggies

toss well in the masala

add in soaked rice

mix well with the masala

add in water

mix well

add in some sugar, this is my secret touch

now taste some water and check for seasoning

bring everything to a good boil

simmer the flame

cover and pressure cook

now rice is done

heat ghee in a small pan

add in cashews

fry till golden

pour this over the biryani

mix well



  1. Wow!! Masala u prepared must be smelling awesome....I'm going to prepare tat masala powder first up and then the briyani.

  2. Wow super I can feel the aroma here....

  3. Where do we get the Briyani leaves???? Can we substitute that with anything else???

  4. Aarthi, whenever I make biriyani in pressure cooker it always end up with black roasted layer at the bottom of pressure cooker.any suggestions to avoid this??

  5. @Krisshaa ChinniIt is because you are cooking it on high flame. Once you add everything to pressure cooker, bring it to a boil, then lower the heat to the lowest possible and cover the cooker and cook it only for 12 to 15 mins. Now turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Now open the cooker and fluff it up

    1. Thnx Aarthi.i will try again with your suggestion

  6. Aarthi, I have once basic question, what is the water level. You mentioned 2 cups rice and 3 cups water. If I add vegetables bit more how can i messure the water level.


  7. @AnonymousYou have to use same amount of water. The ratio is 1 part rice and 1.5 cup water

  8. Your most of them recipes little bit sugar add them.. Why sugar add them?? ? Plz tell arthi

  9. @ArunaI usually add sugar in the recipes which has tomatoes. Because sugar balances everything and makes everything taste better.

  10. What is biryani leave?
    Can I replace it with sm other thngs?
    Plz tell me marathi name of that.
    Reply must.

  11. @AnonymousYou can skip that...It looks like this

  12. I tried did...its awesome :-) tanks Aarthi for your perfect recipe :-)

  13. Can i use normal rice for cooking biryani instead of BASMATI

  14. @Anonymousyes u can use normal rice. just increase the water level

  15. I made this today in my electric pressure cooker. Absolutely lovely, thank you for such a great easy recipe. I left out a couple of ingredients but still great. Will look at some of your other recipes. Thank you again

  16. hai Aarthi... i tried this recipe... so yummy... thank you so much...


  18. @SUJAdont worry about whistle. just cover and cook for the mentioned time in a simmer.

  19. Hi Arthi when yu say one cup of rice do you mean 1 aazhaaku. ?

  20. Hiii I just tried this biriyani today..it was awesome.. Thank you so much for the great recipe

  21. "Wow, great blog article.Really thank you! Veg Biryani

  22. Dear Aarthi
    Thanks for the recipe. Tried and came out very well. All my guest and hubby appreciated me.
    Have to say u r one osm gal.

  23. Hi Aarthi if I use normal rice how long should I soak it and for each cup normal rice how much water should I pour?

  24. @Abinayasoak normal rice for 30 mins, add 2 cup to 2.5 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice

  25. Tried your recipe. Amazing!!! Skipped few ingredients due to unavailability, still came out great. Thank you :)

  26. When I cook pulau in pressure cooker, its never more than 5-6 minutes with the top on. So I am very surprised how u are saying 10-15 mins, it will become over cooked at this rate.

    Also 1 cup ordinary rice to 2.5 cups water is really way too much, even though we have lots of veg inside....

  27. @Anonymousfor basmati rice i use 1.5 cup of water for 1 cup of rice and for normal rice, use 2.5 cup of water for 1 cup of rice. water level depends on each rice.

  28. Hi do we hav to put the weight of pressure cooker..

  29. Hi Aarthi.. just wanted to thank you for this site.. You have no idea how much it has helped me.. I only started cooking after I got married and moved to UK last year. I have tried many other sites, but somehow, only your recipes have come out really well..
    And about this recipe, I was initially a little skeptical cause I always burn the bottom of my pressure cooker.. But I read your reply to someone's comment about the same and followed your instructions and voila! no more burnt rice at the bottom!! :-D Thank you so much for this site again!!!

  30. Oh also.. my husband also knows your site well now.. Whenever I can't cook and he has to, I always tell him to look at YummyTummyAarthi recipe and do it that way.. :-)

  31. Awesome dish you teach to every one, I also try to make this dish when I will be alone in my house.
    Really thanks to you for sharing this yummy dish to all new visitors.

  32. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. Your blog has given me the confidence to cook. It turned out really well.

  33. Can this be done in a rice cooker instead of pressure cooker?


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