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Veg Biryani / Vegetable Biryani in Pressure Cooker

Written By Angela Steffi on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 11:56:00 AM

I am a great fan of Biryani and i hope everyone loves biryani. vegetable biryani Is a treat for vegetarians.This is an exotic way to include all the veggies in our diet. This Biryani requires less oil and at the same time compared to Chicken or Mutton Biryani its way healthy.This is one pot method (cooked in a pressure cooker)

Serving Size:    5 people

Cooking Time : 40 min

2 cups      Basmati rice (soaked for 30 min)
2 tbsp      Ghee / Clarified Butter
2             Bay leaves
1 inch      Cinnamon stick
4             Cloves
4             Cardamom
1(250g)    Large onion(sliced)
3             Green chilies
1 tbsp      Ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp     Turmeric powder
1 tsp        Garam masala powder
2 tsp        Coriander powder
1 tbsp      Chili powder (you can adjust according to your spice level)
1(150g)    Tomato(sliced)
1/2 cup     Curd
coriander and mint leaves
any vegetables of your choice ( I have used)
3 carrots
12 beans
1/4 cauliflower
1 potato
1/4 cup Green peas

Cooking Method

Step 1) Melt 2 tbsp Ghee/ Clarified Butter to enrich the taste .You can aslo use regular cooking oil.Add the whole spices cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, cloves and after a minute add 1 sliced onion(250g) , add required salt and saute until the onions are golden brown.

Step 2) Once the onions are nice and brown add 3 green chilies and 1 tbsp of Ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is gone.
Then add the masalas turmeric powder ,garam masala powder, coriander powder, chili powder and mix once be careful do not burn the masalas

Step 3) Then add 1 tomato (150g) and cook until everything turns into a paste.we dont want any tomato chunks in our veg biryani

Step 4) Add the vegetable (i have taken carrots, beans, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Green Peas) you can add any vegetables you like. mix the veggies well with the tomato paste and then add curd / yogurt. If you dont like to add curd then add 2 tbsp of lemon juice to it

Step 5) Now add water (for 2 cups of basmati rice we need 3 cups of water) normally for cooking rice we add 1:2 ratio of rice:water, but since we have already soaked the basmati rice for 30 minutes 3 cups will be enough) .Add some coriander and some mint leaves

Step 6) Then add the Basmati / Biryani rice (2 cups of biryani rice which has been soaked for atleadt 30 minutes) mix once ,Check for salt and add required salt and cook for 1 whistle on a medium heat.after a whistle dont open the cooker immediately,let it stand for 15 more minutes 

 Step 7) Open and stir lightly (be careful do not break the rice).

Our delicious easy veg biryani in pressure Cooker is ready now. Enjoy this one pot veg viryab=ni with some raita or Brinjal Gravy. Very easy to make and very tasty as well. Happy Cooking!!!


About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


  1. I made this over the week end. The taster came out very well. Loved it. Thanks for the recipe

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback Priscy, I am very happy that you liked.

  2. Tried this today. Followed the same way you have told. It came out so well :) Tasted like hotel biriyani. You are making us bring out our cooking interest Steffi. Thanks a lot

    1. You are most welcome, Thank you so much for sharing your feedback. I am glad that you liked :) All the best for your future cooking adventurous.

  3. Great recipe and detailed instructions and pictures, thank you! Made it this weekend and my husband and I loved it! 5/5 for sure! I was wondering if you have a specific raita recipe that goes well with this? Thanks again!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely feedback, I haven't uploaded raitha recipe yet, will share it soon :)

  4. Awesome! Thanks!

  5. Today I tried that. It was very super . You know first time I cooked biryani today. Thank u so much. I like your cooking style

  6. Hi sister,
    How to make this vegetable briyani without preseure cooker

  7. It is indeed the best way to eat healthy. Your instant pot works great. I am definitely going to try out my favourite recipe Gosht Biryani in it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog.

  8. Amazing i tiried tis and was very yummy . Thankyou so much akka for ur blogs and videos

  9. Hi, can we replace big onion with sliced shallots

  10. What is 1 cup basmati rice measurement in kg ?