Simple Veg Biryani Recipe | Easy Indian Dinner Recipes

Learn how to prepare simple Veg biryani at home. This tasty and easy rice dish is best enjoyed with plain yogurt, raita, pickles or chutney. Complete meal in itself, this biryani recipe is not only delicious but quick and super easy to make.


1.5 cup rice
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
2 green cardamom
1 black cardamom
4 cloves
4 peppercorns
1 small onion
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp turmeric
Salt per taste (may we recommend 1.5 tsp)
1 green chilli
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
Vegetables of your choice (2 cups)
2-3 stalks of cilantro leaves for garnish
1/2 cup well beaten plain yogurt


1. Soak rice in cold water for atleast 10 mins.
2. In a pot, heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry whole spices (Bay leaf, cardamoms, cinnamon stick, peppercorn and cloves) for atleasta minute.
3. Add double the quantity of water in the pot and bring it to boil. Once it starts boiling, add rice and cook until water evaporates and rice are done. (about 10 mins or so)
4. Set rice aside. While the rice is cooking, in a pan heat 2 tbsp butter and fry 1/4 tsp cumin seeds. After 30 secs, add onions, green chilli, turmeric, paprika, salt and ginger garlic paste. Saute for 2-3 mins.
5. Add vegetables of your choice and further fry for 4-5 mins. Add plain yogurt. Mix well and cook along with vegetables until they are done.
6. Layer rice and vegetables one after the other in a deep dish or casserole. Garnish with cilantro leaves and gently mix.
Serve hot with plain yogurt or raita, pickles or chutney.

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• 6 cups Rice (basmati)
• 1 kg Chicken
• 3 tbsps. Vegetable Oil
• 3 tbsps. Clarified Butter
• 5 nos. Onion(red, thin sliced)
• 3 nos. Potato(peeled and cut)
• 30 gms. Ginger(paste)
• 30 gms. Garlic(paste)
• 5 nos. Green Chilies(paste)
• 10 gms. Coriander leaves(paste)
• 2 tsps. All spice powder
• 4 tbsps. Yoghurt
• 4 tbsps. Tomato(Puree/paste)
• 3 tbsps. Red Chili Powder
• 2 tsps. Turmeric Powder
• 1 pinch Saffron
• Salt to taste
• 3 tsps. Milk
• 2-3 drops color (orange recommended)


1. Marinate the chicken with garlic, ginger, coriander, green chillies, tomatoes paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, dry garam masala powder, salt and yoghurt and keep it aside for half an hour.
2. Cook rice seperately (do not cook fully. keep it semi-cooked), add salt, sprinkle it with color and keep aside.
3. Heat milk, put pinch of kesar and keep aside.
4. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in pan.Deep fry half the quantity of onions and all the potatoes till onion is golden brown.
5. Remove both from the pan and keep aside.
6. Fry the remaining onion in the same oil till slight golden brown and put the marinated chicken. cook for 10 minutes.
7. Take a separate utensil, put ghee and 1 tbsp of oil, half quantity of semi-cooked rice, all fried potatoes and half quantity of fried onions and milk of kesar.
8. Put the cooked chicken on top of it and then cover it with the remaining semi-cooked rice.
9. Garnish with coriander leaves and rest of the fried onions.
10. Tightly cover the utensil and cook for another 10 minutes.
11. Serve hot with salad,lemon and papad.

Recipe taken from khana khazana
Pictures taken from microwaverecipescookbook