Kolkata Style Veg Biryani


Kolkata Vegetable Biryani is the veg version of the flavorful and delicious Kolkata Chicken Biryani. I made the recipe from Sharmistha's blog and replaced the chicken with mixed vegetables. The biryani tasted amazing as it should be with all the spices and aromatics.


For masala

1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 blac cardamom
2 -3 green cardamom
1 nutmeg
2-3 mace
4-5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon black peppercorn
2 tablespoon coriander seeds

For biryani
2 cups royal basmati rice
2-3 cloves
2-3 cardamoms
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups mixed vegetables,chopped (mushroom,carrot,beans,capsicum,cauliflower)
1 big potato,cubed
1 cup yogurt
3 onions,sliced
1/4 cup ginger garlic paste
1/4 cup milk
few saffron starnds
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
salt to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon biryani masala
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon ghee
water as required

For masala
Dry roast all the ingredients.Cool and grind in food processor or coffee grinder.
Place in with tight container.

For biryani
Wash and soak rice in 4 cups of water.
Cook rice in a cup of water,a teaspoon oil,with a teaspoon of salt ,cloves,cardamoms and cinnamon stick.
Place them in big plate and separate the grains with fork.

Soak saffron in warm milk.
Heat oil in a pan and add potatoes.Fry the potatoes until golden.Drain them on paper towel.
Now add onions.Fry them until golden.Take out 1/2 a cup of onions and keep aside.
Now add all the vegetables,biryani masala,salt,sugar,chilli powder and yogurt.Stir and add 1/2 a cup of water.
Cook covered until veggies are soft.
Now in another pan arrange a layer of veggies,fried potatoes,rice ,fried onions and saffron milk.
Repeat the layers alternatively.Top up with a tablespoon of ghee.
Cook covered on sim for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat,stir and serve hot.

Serve-4 Cooking time-45 minutes

Best regards,
Sapana Behl

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  1. What a spicy and yummy looking biryani Sapana.


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