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Malabar Veg Biriyani

Posted on: August 13, 2009

Location: Culinary / Rice / Malabar Veg Biriyani

This recipe I learnt from my mom, who actually learned from a good friend of hers.

For rice layer:

Basmati Rice – 2 cups

ghee – 3 tbsp

cloves- 3 nos

cinnamon –  small piece

– soak rice for 15 min

– heat ghee in a non-stick vessel

– add cloves and cinnamon and stir for a few sec

– then add drained rice

– stir for a couple of minutes

– add 4 cups water and salt as per taste.

– let rice cook for 15-20 min,  till the water is completely absorbed.

For Vegetable layer:

potatoes- 2 medium sized

carrot –  2 medium sized

beans – 10-12 pieces

onion – 6 medium sized(chopped length wise)

garlic – 6 cloves

ginger – 1 inch piece

green chilly- 5-6 nos

coriander leaves – 1 bunch

mint leaves – 1 bunch

oil – 4 tbsp

– cut all vegetables as small cubes.

– heat oil in pan

– add onions  and cook till it turns dark brown on a low flame. This will take some time so be patient, its important it turns dark brown

– make a paste of ginger, garlic and green chilly

– chop finely mint leaves and coriander leaves. The leaves actually gives the biriyani aroma and fine taste, so dont skip this ingredient.

– once onion is dark brown add ginger garlic paste to it

– cook for couple of min till the raw smell goes

– add chopped leaves and mix well

– now add all veggies and mix properly and add salt

– close and let it cook for 15 min or till veggies are tender


Now we need to steam the cooked rice and veggies arranged in layers in a vessel.

– now take a bigger vessel and apply ghee all over the vessel

– divide rice in 2 parts

– place one part of rice in the vessel, spread throughout

– layer the rice with veggies cooked

– next layer the veggies with rice

– now add yellow and red food color

– also can garnish with fried cashews, raisins and fried onions as per your choice

– close it and let it steam for 5 min. We need steam to pass from bottom to top of the vessel, so once u see steam coming from the top layer of rice, your biriyani is ready

– if you only have a smaller vessel  then u can make more layers.

Biriyani is normally served with raita, pickle and papad 🙂 enjoy!!

2 Responses to "Malabar Veg Biriyani"


it looks so yummy!!!!!!
I will try to make some biriani one of these days in Japan. 🙂

i love this rice recipe thanxs for the article.
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