The heart of Indian cuisine is biryani. This vegetable biryani recipe is a tasty and yummy dish with layers of flavour and aroma.
I have several biryani recipes on here, such as chicken biryani and mutton biryani, but this is my first biryani recipe that is suitable for vegans.
When making any type of biryani, it is critical to use basmati rice. This is because basmati rice has long grains, which fluff up much better than other rice varieties and stay separate when cooked.
Always wash the rice thoroughly in cold water until the water runs clear. This will ensure that there is no remaining starch.
Once you have washed the rice, then leave it to soak in cold water after being washed. Soaking allows the grains to absorb water, softening them and shortening the cooking time.
Fresh vegetables are always preferable to frozen vegetables to help contribute to the flavour and texture of the biryani.
That is why I always stick to vegetables that are in season at the time. For a biryani that stands out as a showstopper use a variety of colours.
Potatoes, carrots, peas, cauliflowers, and bell peppers are common vegetables used. However, all of this is dependent on what is available.
As with all biryanis, store-bought biryani masala is available. Making it yourself is much more delicious and fresher. You could make a large batch of the biryani masala and store it in an airtight jar. It will keep for up to 3 months.
I always like to time the cooking of the rice and the vegetable masala so that they finish at the same time.
This is so that when you layer the two together, both are hot, and the steam build-up will help to finish cooking the rice and produce fluffy grains.
Cook the rice to about 80%. It is very important that you don’t overcook the rice as the biryani will end up mushy and overcooked.
The rice will finish cooking once it is layered with the vegetables which will give you deliciously fluffy rice grains.
Garnish with fried onions and fresh cilantro. Serve this vegetable biryani recipe with some cool raita.
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