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Wish you All a very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2013!!

I don’t usually make any resolutions, I believe that if something needs to be changed, it has to be changed right away and there’s no need to wait for a new year. But I do have couple of resolutions for this year, to eat as healthy as possible and waste as little as possible. One more resolution for the blog is to try and post as many new recipes as possible.

Today, we begin the 24th edition of Blogging Marathon. Valli came up with some very interesting and challenging themes and for the next 4 weeks I have some delicious recipes coming up.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Biryani

My theme for the first week of BM# 24 is “Cooking with Kitchen Electric Appliance”. I thought this is the best time to use my slow cooker that has been collecting dust for almost a year now. The crock used in the slow cooker is perfect to create ‘dum’ effect for biryanis.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Biryani

I partially cooked the rice in the microwave and cooked the vegetable masala on the stove top. Then layered them both in the slow cooker and cooked on high for an 1 hour to get the classic dum taste for this delicious biryani.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Biryani
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Vegetable Biryani in Slow Cooker Yum
Vegetable Biryani cooked in the Slow Cooker. It is very flavorful and the the house smells amazing once it's done cooking.
Vegetable Biryani in Slow Cooker
Course main course
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 240 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For Rice Layer:
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice water - washed, rinsed and soaked in cold for at least 30 minutes
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick
For the Vegetable Layer:
  • 4 cups Mixed Vegetables (I used frozen mixed veggies with cauliflower, broccoli, carrots & zucchini)
  • 8 oz Paneer - . (about 2 cups when diced)
  • 1 Onion - large, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic + paste
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup Tomato puree
  • 2 tsp masala Biryani
  • 2 tsp Methi Kasoori
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro - finely chopped
  • 3 tbsps Mint - finely chopped
  • garam masala Whole (1 bay leaf, 1" cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 3 cardamom pods)
  • to taste Salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsps Cashews
  • 1 tbsp Almonds
  • 2 tbsps Raisins
  • 1 Onion - large, thinly sliced
  • 1 big pinch Saffron milk - soaked in 2tbsp of warm
Course main course
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 240 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For Rice Layer:
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice water - washed, rinsed and soaked in cold for at least 30 minutes
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick
For the Vegetable Layer:
  • 4 cups Mixed Vegetables (I used frozen mixed veggies with cauliflower, broccoli, carrots & zucchini)
  • 8 oz Paneer - . (about 2 cups when diced)
  • 1 Onion - large, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic + paste
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup Tomato puree
  • 2 tsp masala Biryani
  • 2 tsp Methi Kasoori
  • 3 tbsps Cilantro - finely chopped
  • 3 tbsps Mint - finely chopped
  • garam masala Whole (1 bay leaf, 1" cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 3 cardamom pods)
  • to taste Salt
Other Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsps Cashews
  • 1 tbsp Almonds
  • 2 tbsps Raisins
  • 1 Onion - large, thinly sliced
  • 1 big pinch Saffron milk - soaked in 2tbsp of warm
Vegetable Biryani in Slow Cooker
Instructions
Cook Rice:
  1. Basmati rice needs to be par boiled until 60-70% cooked. This can be done either by boiling in lots of water for 6-7 minutes and draining or cooking the rice in the microwave. To cook rice in the microwave, add 2 cups of water to 2 cups of rice along with the whole garam masala (bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves) and cook for 7-8 minutes or until the water is completely absorbed. I found microwaving the rice with 1:1 rice:water is much easier than boiling copious amounts of water where if the timing is not right, rice might be overcooked.
For the Fried Onions:
  1. Heat 1tbsp oil in a large saute pan and cook the thinly sliced onions until golden brown, this takes about 12-15 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Dry Fruits:
  1. In the same pan, fry the cashews, almonds and raisins in 2tsp oil until golden. Remove and set aside.
For the Vegetable Masala:
  1. Heat 2tbsp oil in the same pan, add the whole garam masala and cook until fragrant about 1-2 minutes. Next add the onions and cook until lightly browned around the edges.
  2. Add the mixed vegetables and cook covered until tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime sauté the paneer pieces until golden and set aside.
  4. Next add the tomato paste and puree along with fried paneer, cilantro, mint, biryani masala and kasoori methi. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes or until the flavors mingle.
Assemble Biryani:
  1. Coat the inside of the slow cooker crock with a cooking spray. Layer the crock with: 1/3 of Rice; 1/2 of fried onions; 1/2 of the dry fruits; 1/2 of the vegetable mixture; 1/3 of rice; 1/2 of the vegetable mixture; 1/3 of the rice, remaining dry fruits and fried onions and finally drizzle the top with the saffron milk. Cook as per instructions on High for 1hour or Low for 2hours. Top of the crock can be covered with aluminum foil before putting the lid, not sure if this really helps to get the "dum ka" effect, but I did it anyway.
Recipe Notes

Slow Cooker Vegetable Biryani

After 1 hour, you will be rewarded with the most flavorful biryani that tastes delicious as is or with a simple gravy and onion raita. This is definitely a time consuming dish, so be prepared to spend good 2-3 hours on it, even though most of it is waiting time.

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 24.

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16 thoughts on “Vegetable Biryani in Slow Cooker”

  1. Veg Biryani is my fav. Somehow I am not used to Slow cooker much, but my mom cooks in it and whenever she makes Biryani or Pulav in it the whole house is filled with its aroma.

  2. love the detailed post!!!! it is so nicely written.. felt very nice reading it!!!! and the biriyani looks delicious!!!SowmyaOngoing Event – SYF&HWS – Ginger

  3. Delicious Biryani 🙂 I’m just back from Hyderabad, the land of biryanis and this one is tempting me too much now 🙂

  4. my slow cooker has also been collecting dust in the back of my pantry which I why I am doing this theme next week – biryani looks great

  5. my slow cooker has also been collecting dust in the back of my pantry which I why I am doing this theme next week – biryani looks great

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