The Humble Biryani for Midweek Meals
Midweek, everyone needs a little boost . Why not something delicious and light for lunch or dinner ?
I have been searching for an easy vegetarian biryani recipe for lunches ..which I can serve with my signature Daal makhani and cooling raita. I did find a lovely recipe thanks to @cookinacurry . It was very flavourful and one can tweak it as one likes.. this is my take , loved by the family !
Ingredients For 4-5 PERSONS
For Cooking the vegetables
1 tblsp ghee or any oil that you use
1 1/2 nos. large onions , sliced thinly
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
6 green cardamoms
1 1/2 inch stick cinnamon
2 '' ginger , coarsely grated
2 cups of chopped tomatoes with 1 tblsp tomato puree
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 big tsp coriander powder
1 cup cauliflower florets, cut a bit small size
1/2 cup quartered mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped beans
1/2 cup chopped red peppers
1/2 cup peas
50 ml water
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
Salt to taste
For the Rice
2 cups of basmati or long grain rice , soaked for 10 minuted
3.5 cups of water
salt to taste
For the layers
2 nos. large onions, sliced thinly
1/2 bunch of mint leaves , chopped
1/2 bunch of coriander leaves . chopped
1 small bowl of warm milk with saffron
1 tblsp ghee or butter
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
To Prepare: The thinly sliced onions in the layering ingredients are to be fried and kept aside.
For Preparing the vegetables : Blanch the cauliflower in hot water for 7-8 minutes and then put it in cold water .
Coarsely crush all the whole garam masalas - cumin , bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves
Heat ghee in a kadai or wok or any heavy bottomed pan and add the onions. Let them brown and then add the coarsely crushed masala and fry for a minute . Add the grated ginger and cook for another 2 minutes .
Add the tomatoes and the puree and let it cook for another 3 minutes .
Let the tomatoes soften and then add the powdered masalas . Let them cook for a few minutes and add the vegetables other than the cauliflower.
Let the vegetables coat well with the masala and cook for a few minutes . Add the water and cover and cook. Season.
After 5 minutes , add the cauliflower and the garam masala powder and cook for a few minutes. Switch off the gas and keep aside .
For preparing the rice :
I cook the rice in a rice cooker and put it off 5 minutes before it is cooked .
Drain the rice from the soaking and add to your pot, add water and salt and cook till nearly done.
For Layering :
Pre heat the oven to 180 deg C .
In a claypot or the dish you will be cooking your biryani in , paint a layer of butter or ghee .
Then add a layer of the prepared vegetable gravy .
Add a layer of rice and top with fried onions , mint leaves, coriander leaves , blobs of ghee or butter , milk infused with saffron and a bit of the powder .
Again add the layer of vegetables and repeat the process as above
See that the layers are equal .
Place the claypot in the oven for 15-20 minutes and switch the oven off. Keep the claypot in the warm oven till you serve it hot with daal makhani and raita