Veg biryani also known as vegetable biryani is an aromatic rice dish made with basmati rice, spices & mixed veggies. This quick recipe will give you a flavorful vegetable biryani that you can make just under 30 mins. Recipe instructions for IP, pressure cooker & pot.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips.
For pressure cooking: Cover the cooker and pressure cook for 1 whistle on a medium high flame.Turn off the stove. For al dente non mushy veg biryani, I release the pressure manually after 1 to 2 mins using a wooden spatula. When the pressure releases, open the lid and fluff up veg biryani with a fork.
If cooking in a pot, cook covered on a low flame until the water is absorbed and the veg biryani is cooked fully. Turn off the stove & rest for 15 mins. Serve veg biryani with raita or salan.
Optionally squeeze lemon juice while serving.
Instant Pot Vegetable Biryani
Press the SAUTE button on your IP and pour oil or ghee to the steel insert.
Add thinly sliced onions. Spread them to a single layer and saute occasionally until uniformly deep golden. Remove half of these and set aside for later.
Then add the whole spices and green chili. Then add the ginger garlic paste and saute until a nice smell comes out.
Add tomatoes, chopped veggies, mint, coriander leaves and sprinkle ⅛ teaspoon salt. Saute until the tomatoes breakdown. This takes about 1 to 2 mins.
Stir in the garam masala and red chilli powder.
Press CANCEL button & add yogurt. Deglaze by scraping the bottom of the pot with a spatula. This releases any bits of food stuck there.
Spread the veggies to a single layer. Next layer the drained rice and level it.
In another bowl, stir in ¼ teaspoon salt & 1¼ cup water and taste it. It has to be slightly salty. If needed add more.
Pour the water starting from the sides and then in the center. Do not mix. Ensure all of the rice is under the water.
Secure the IP with the lid. Position the steam release valve to sealing position.
Press pressure cook/ manual (set to high pressure) & set the timer for 5 mins. If you double or triple the recipe then set to low pressure with the same cook time. (Alternately you can pressure cook for 4 mins on high pressure setting and wait for 8 mins. Then release the rest manually.)
When the IP finishes, for aldente cooked vegetable biryani quick release the pressure manually. For softer rice, wait for 5 to 7 mins (natural pressure release) and then release the rest manually with the help of a spoon. Garnish with fried onions. Serve with Raita.