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Hyderabadi Veg Dum Biryani

4.30 from 12 votes

I am presenting a classic Indian Biryani which has received International fame!This Biryani however is made with either Chicken or Mutton (substituted with Beef or Pork in the West) but here I am using fresh and crispy vegetables for those vegetarians who feel that they are subjected to injustice especially with the Nawabi and Nizami fares!This Biryani is surely going to win you loads of accolades!
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Recipe CategoryVegetarian
Served AsLunch
CuisineSouth Indian
Servings 7


  • For the rice :
  • 2 cup Biryani/Basmati rice washed and strained – do not soak but keep in the strainer for 30 minutes
  • 4 – 5 Cardamom Elaichi
  • 2 – 3 Bay Leaves Tej Patta
  • 4 – 5 Cloves Laung
  • 3 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Water to cook the rice
  • The Vegetables :
  • 2 Carrots – chopped into batons
  • 1/2 Cauliflower – separated into florets
  • 1 cup chopped beans chopped the same size as the Carrots
  • Other Ingredients :
  • 1 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Mint Leaves – chopped
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves – chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies – chopped optional
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 4 – 5 strands Saffron soaked in 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 2 tbsp Biryani Masala powder together 2 tsp each of Cloves,Cinnamon,Cardamom,Bay Leaves,Mace and Nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp pure ghee
  • 1 tbsp Raisins
  • 2 tbsp Cashew nuts
  • 2 Onions – sliced
  • 2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp red Chilli Powder
  • 1 cup deep fried Onions
  • 2 – 3 drops Orange Colour
  • 2 – 3 drops Yellow Colour
  • 2 – 3 drops Kewra Essence


  • Prepare the rice : Heat around 2 litres water with the whole spices,salt and lemon juice and let it come to a boil.Add the soaked rice and cook for 5 – 6 minutes till 70% cooked.
  • Drain in the strainer and pass cold water through the rice for it to stop further cooking.Keep aside while you prepare the vegetables.
  • Prepare the Vegetable Masala : Heat ghee and fry the Raisins and Cashews till they turn golden brown and raisins puff up into little balloons.Remove and add the sliced Onions.Saute till they turn transparent.
  • Add Biryani Masala,ginger – garlic paste,chilli powder and salt.Mix well and add the vegetables.Mix again and remove from heat.After 10 minutes of cooling add 1 cup of Yogurt to the masala and mix well.Keep aside till layering the Biryani.
  • Prepare the other ingredients : Mix Coriander and Mint Leaves and chopped green chillies together. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining yogurt to the saffron milk and whisk to combine.Keep aside.
  • Assembling the Biryani : Divide the rice into 2 equal portions.Use a glass casserole if baking in an oven and a metal Handi if keeping over a Tawa on the hob. If baking the preheat oven to 150°C
  • Layer in the following way : 1.Bottom layer of one portion of rice.Follow that with Kewra essence and drops of both colours. 2.Ladle the vegetable masala over the rice.Sprinkle 1 tbsp saffron-milk-yogurt,2 tbsp fried onions and 2 tsp coriander-mint
  • 3.Ladle the other portion of rice on top followed by Kewra essence,drops of both colours and top with the remaining saffron-milk-yogurt,fried onions and 2 tsp coriander-mint-green chilli mixtures.
  • Put a sheet of Aluminium foil on top and seal with a well fitting lid.Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven till done.If cooking on a Tawa then preheat the Tawa for 15 minutes on high heat then keep the Handi on top and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Cook on medium heat.Take off heat and let stand for 15 – 20 minutes.Serve with Raita!
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4.30 from 12 votes

Amrita Iyer
Amrita Iyer

I am a passionate foodie who loves to cook, serve and love to see people relishing my creations. Since the time I was small I used to wonder about the 'how' of things in the kitchen.

Then when I finally ventured as an unprofessional kitchen helper for my late grand-mother (a par excellent cook in her own generation) I was fascinated by the amount of stuff you could do to a simple milk and rice to form a most yummy pudding.

Here I am sharing my recipes with a will to learn from some and educate others as well!

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