June 11, 2012

Vegetable Biryani using Biryani Mix

For Day 2 of BM# 17, I made this easy to make Biryani using ready to cook biryani mix. All you need (as it says on the mix) is rice, vegetables and yogurt.I added just a little bit of extra salt and that was the only additional ingredient I added to the dish. 
Making a biryani from scratch is not my cup of tea. My MIL makes a mean biryani that is to die for and she makes it in a very traditional way; par-boiling rice, marinating vegetables, layering and steaming. I, on the other hand, prefer mixing all the ingredient in the pressure cooker and boom, there you have my biryani.

This mix is quite convenient on days when you have company at home and are running short of time. The taste is pretty close to the real thing (if you have ever tasted the real thing, that is.. I can't say I ate a real dum ka biryani anywhere else but the one made by my MIL) and gets done in less than half the time needed for the real thing.

Ingredients:
Basmati Rice - 2½ cups
Mixed vegetables - 3 cups (I used broccoli, carrots, potato, orange & green peppers)
Onion - 2 medium, thinly sliced
Rasoi Veg Biryani Mix - 1 pkt
Yogurt - ½cup

Method:
  • Wash, rinse and soak rice in cold water for at least 30minutes. Cook the rice, but make sure that the grains are separate and rice is not mushy. Set aside in a wide platter to cool.
  • Mix biryani mix with yogurt and set aside.
  • In a medium saute pan, add 2tbsp oil and saute the onions on medium flame until golden brown. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook covered until veggies are tender.
  • Next add the yogurt mixture along with  ½cup  of water into the veggies and mix well. Let the mixture come to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Gently mix rice into the veggie mixture. Cover and cook for 2 more minutes for the flavors to mingle.
Serve hot garnished with some chopped cilantro along with raita or your favorite gravy curry. I served mine with caramelized onion raita and chole in coconut milk.
 
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 2 of BM# 17.
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23 comments:

  1. That's a great looking bowl Pavani..I recently made a homemade powder and it tasted great..

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  2. Yummy looking biryani...I too sometimes prefer cooking with ready made stuffs n this biryani is my first pref :)

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  3. love this easy biryani..makes it very easy

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  4. Dum biryani is time consuming but worth all the effort. Vegetable biryani looks awesome!

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  5. Veggie briyani.. have never tried this readymade version before. will surely give it a try

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  6. Veggie briyani.. have never tried this readymade version before. will surely give it a try

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  7. wow that looks amazing! i love the color of the dish too! thanks for sharing!

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  8. Never tried briyani mix, cant wait to pick them from Indian grocery next time..Yummy briyani.

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  9. Ha.. ha.. yes. Making biryani from scratch is not easy but the outcome would be awesome.

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  10. I think it doesn't matter if you make things from mix as long as they taste good.

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  11. Delicious and super tempting biriyani...

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  12. Oh my it looks delicious! I've never tried this particular brand but am a huge fan of the "parampara" brand biryani mix. Last week, I followed Bong Mom's recipe for microwave biryani and it was wonderful to feed guests on a weeknight.

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  13. Good one. I have had disastrous results using the ready made biryani mixes. So stuck with making it at home :)

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  14. That looks great . I remember preparing this quite frequently in my early days of cooking using readymade powder.

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  15. That looks great . I remember preparing this quite frequently in my early days of cooking using readymade powder.

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  16. Biryani always spells awesomeness! This is quick and easy happiness :)

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  17. Briyani from the scratch is not my cup of tea. I too prefer mixes. This one looks soo good...

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  18. I have never used a biryani mix...this looks very nice...a quick fix

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  19. Very nice .. This brand is new to me.. It is very good easy fix yet can impress the guests

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