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Veg Dum Biryani

Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: hyderabadi
Servings: 4 serving


For Rice Layer:

  • 2 cups Basmati rice - washed, rinsed and soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 pods Cardamom
  • 1 Cinnamon " stick
  • 1 tsp Salt

For Curry Layer:

  • 1 Onion - large, chopped
  • 1 cup Tomato puree
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ cup Yogurt - whisked well
  • 2 tsps chili powder Red (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp coriander Ground
  • ½ tsp Cumin Ground
  • ¼ cup Mint - finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Cilantro - finely chopped
  • to taste Salt

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 Onion - large, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Mint - chopped
  • ¼ cup Cilantro - chopped


  • For the Rice Layer: Cook the soaked basmati rice along with the other ingredients listed under 'for rice layer' either in the microwave (with 2½ cups of water for 8~10minutes) or in the pressure cooker (with 3cups of water for 1 whistle). Rice should hold its shape and should not be mushy.
  • For the fried onions: Heat 2tbsp oil in a large nonstick pan; add the thinly sliced onions and cook on medium flame, until the onions are caramelized, takes about 15~20 minutes. Set aside.
  • For the Curry: Heat 2tbsp oil in the same pan and add the chopped onion and cook until it starts to turn lightly browned around the edges.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Next add the vegetables, cover and cook until they turn tender. To speed up the cooking process, I microwave the veggies until fork tender and then add them to the onion mixture.
  • Then add tomato puree, ground coriander, ground cumin, red chili powder. Cook for 4~5 minutes.
  • Finally add whisked yogurt, mint, cilantro and salt. Cook for 2~3 minutes, turn off the stove and set aside.
  • Assemble/ Layer the Biryani: Now that all the layers are ready, it's time to assemble the dish. In a heavy bottomed deep pan (I use a pressure cooker), add 2tsp oil. For the first layer, add 1/3rd of the rice followed by ½ of the curry mixture and ½of the fried onions. For the second layer, add 1/3rd of the rice followed by remaining ½ of the curry. For the final layer, add the remaining 1/3rd of the rice, sprinkle the remaining ½ of the fried onions and the chopped mint and cilantro. Cover the pan tightly and cook for 10~12 minutes.
  • Serve hot with raita or any gravy dish.