Vegetable Biryani


A very tasty and interesting biryani; the color looks appetizing and the taste is great! It's delicious served with mint chutney or simple, plain yogurt.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter), or olive oil

  • 1 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seed

  • 1 (1 inch) piece cinnamon stick

  • 7 peppercorns

  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste

  • 1 tomato, diced

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup peas

  • ½ cup diced carrot

  • ½ cup diced potato

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground red chile pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed and drained


  1. Melt ghee in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in cumin seed, cinnamon stick, and peppercorns; cook until the spices are fragrant, and the cumin seeds begin to pop, about 3 minutes.

  2. Stir in ginger garlic paste, tomatoes, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the water has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in peas, carrot, and potato. Season with chicken bouillon, salt, red chile, black pepper, garam masala, and turmeric. Stir well, then cover, and cook for 3 minutes.

  3. Pour in 4 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, stir in basmati rice, reduce heat to medium, recover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until the rice has softened, 10 to 15 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
8g Fat
87g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 1043mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 87g 32%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 15mg 75%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 318mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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