Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

Biriani is a classic Indian celebratory rice dish. Generally with a combination of meat, chicken, shrimp, vegetables or fish. This is a hearty and healthy vegetable version. A meal within itself.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and add rice; sauté briefly, stirring to coat each grain completely.
  2. Add crumbled saffron, turmeric, salt, and vegetable broth.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat; simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat and sauté the onions for 5 minutes.
  5. Add ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne, and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. Add 1/2 cup water, carrot, and cauliflower; cover, reduce heat and cook 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until vegetables are just tender, adding more water as needed.
  9. Season with salt, to taste.
  10. Butter a baking dish, spread half of rice in it, cover with vegetable mixture, and top with the rest of the rice.
  11. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Garnish with toasted cashews.


Most Helpful

Our house LOVES this!! Although we find it a bit mild for our tastes so chuck in some fresh chilli and some garam masala to give it a bit more taste.

radicalxstitch May 28, 2009

I omitted the cauliflower and peas; otherwise followed the instructions to a T. The flavour was in the vegetables, while the rice was bland and slightly overcooked. As a simple rice and vegetables dish, it was fine. As birynani, not really. I won't make this again.

Is it tasty? January 16, 2011

This was a very good recipe. It tasted a bit different from the biryani I have had in the past, and I could not put my finger on the reason. Perhaps it's just a regional difference.

Meliska July 25, 2009

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