Friday, May 30, 2014

Vegetable Biryani - cooked in pressure cooker

Vegetable biryani, pressure cooker method is easy and also saves time. Good for potlucks too.

Serves 6 to 8

Category - lunch / dinner

Soak 3 cups of basamati rice in plenty of water. (Rinse several times before soaking). I soak my rice for one hour, before cooking!

In a cooker base add 2 ladle full of oil, once it's hot add 6 cloves, 2 one inch cinnamon sticks, 2 elachi, 2 bay leaf. After 10 sec add one thinly sliced onion, once this turns pink add 2 tbsp of ginger garlic paste, 10 leaves pudina (chopped), a tsp of kasuri methi, 5 green chillies (chopped). Sauté this till the onions turn light golden brown, next add in 3 large chopped tomatoes cook till mushy.

Next add 1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder or adjust, 2 tsp dhaniya powder, 1 tsp jeera powder, 3/4 tsp garam masala powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric. Add finely chopped coriander leaves.

Next add 1 big cup of mixed veggies such as carrots, beans, peas, potato, cauliflower, sauté for 10 mins. Drain the soaked rice n add to cooker n sauté for 5 mins. Later add 4 3/4cups water, salt to taste n cook for 1whistle on medium heat.

Open after few mins n serve with raita and lemon wedges.

Variations - You can replace half quantity water with coconut milk. Makes the Biryani more tasty.
Add any combination veggies also you can add hard boiled eggs....