Vegetable Biryani

Chef: Richard Fletcher

Ethnic: Indian
Main Ingredient: Basmati rice
Categories: Main
Meal Type: Dinner
Food Type: Vegan
Servings: 2
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes

I work with many people from Southern India. Lakshmi gave me this recipe. We had a Indian pot luck at work and she made this dish. This Vegetable Biryani dish is very tasty. I highly recommend it. Thank you Lakshmi for sharing.

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium Onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Ginger 
  • 2 cups string beans
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 15 leaves  fresh mint
  • 2 cups  Basmati Rice
  • 3 teaspoons Biryani Pulav Massala
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/4 cup Cashews


1.       Heat oil in a sauté pan.
2.       Add black cumin seeds in warm oil. You should hear the crackling sound of black cumin seeds .
3.       Add sliced onions and ginger garlic paste and 3 pinches of salt for the onions to sweat.
4.       Wait for the onions to brown (golden brow)
5.       Now add chopped mint and sauté for a minute
6.       Add mixed veg to the onions and add 3 pinches of salt to the veggies.
7.       Let the veggie mix cook well get the golden brown color. Do not cover the pan.
8.       Add Biryani masala powder and sauté for 2 minutes.
9.       Now add the sautéed veggie mix, soaked basmati rice along with water and 2 tsp of salt into a rice cooker.
10.   Switch it on and do not peak into the rice cooker, rice is very shy and does not like that.
11.   Wait until the rice is done. Give it 10 minutes for the rice to settle after it is done.
12.   Spoon will make the rice mushy. So use a fork and fluff up the rice and vegetables.
13.   Use spoon to serve once the rice is fluffed and transferred into a tray.
14.   Always transfer Biryani into a tray because it is more presentable than in a bowl/dish
15.   You can garnish your dish with crunchy cashews fried in ghee. This step is optional.

Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Vegetable Biryani
Servings Per Batch 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories984 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g36%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g0%
Sodium 210mg9%
Potassium 818mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 174g58%
Dietary Fiber 9g 35%
Sugars 9g
Protein 20g 39%
Vitamin A 52%
Vitamin C 154%
Calcium 13%
Iron 12%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.