Monday, January 16, 2012

Veg Handi Biryani

Wishing everyone a Belated Happy New Year!!!
Got this awesome recipe book set as a gift from my mom. "Tasty Eating for Healthy Living" by Sanjeev Kapoor. It is a set of five books. I made Veg Handi Biryani from Volume Four.  I just made one change to the original recipe. I added paneer and capsicum as well.The dish turned out very good. My boys ate it happily which means that it was good. :) It is a very good dish for fussy eaters.
Basmati Rice: 1 1/2 cups
Carrot: 1 cut in cubes
Cauliflower: 1/4 medium separated into florets
French beans: 10-15
Green Peas: 1/2 cup
Capsicum: 1 medium
Paneer: 200 gms
Onions: 4 medium
Saffron: a few threads
Kewra: a few drops
Salt to taste
Green Cardamoms: 2-3
Black Cardamom: 1
Cloves: 2-3
Cinnamon: 1 inch
Bay leaf: 1
Oil: 3 tsp
Caraway seeds: 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste: 1 tbsp
Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
Yogurt: 3/4 cup
Tomatoes: 2 chopped
Coriander leaves: for garnishing
Mint leaves: for garnishing
Ghee: 1 tbsp


  1. Chop one onion and slice the others.
  2. Soak the saffron in kewra water.
  3. Boil the rice in four cups of salted water with the green cardamon, black cardamon, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves, until 3/4th done. Drain and spread the rice on a cotton cloth. This way all the grains of rice will be separate from each other. 
  4. Boil the carrot, cauliflower, french beans and green peas together in three cups of salted water till 3/4th done. Drain and refresh under running water.
  5. Heat half the oil and saute the sliced onions till golden brown. Drain on a kitchen towel.
  6. Heat the remaining oil. Add the caraway seeds, and when they change colour, add the chopped onion and saute till golden.
  7. Add the ginger garlic paste and stir well. 
  8. Next add the coriander and turmeric powder, and the yogurt, and mix well.
  9. Then add the tomatoes and cook on medium heat till the oil separates from the masala.
  10. Add the boiled vegetables, capsicum and paneer and mix well.
  11. Arrange alternate layers of the vegetables and rice in a handi. Sprinkle saffron flavoured kewra water, coriander leaves, mint leaves, sauteed onion slices and ghee over every rice layer. Make sure you end with the rice layer topped with the garnishes.
  12. Cover and seal with aluminium foil or roti dough. 
  13. Keep the handi on a tawa and cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
  14. Serve hot with raita or dal and papad.


  1. Very tasty. Well cooked & nice looking biriyani

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  3. Hi Sanitha the veg handi looks so so delicious. Glad to folloe you do visit my space in ur free time,