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Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani Recipe

This beautiful vegetarian version uses half the marinade spices from the Spicecraft Biryani Spice Kit and a selection of veggies.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 serves

Equipment

  • Dutch oven or 12 cm deep pot with a well fitting lid

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Spicecraft Hyderabadi Biryani Spice Kit
  • 400 g Basmati Rice Good quality
  • 1 bunch Fresh Mint leaves
  • 1 bunch Fresh Coriander leaves
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tbsp Canola or sunflower oil 
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or Butter or olive oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt to taste

Veggies

  • 2-3 Potatoes (3 small or 2 large)
  • 1 Red onion medium
  • 900 g mixed veggies (carrots, cauliflower, green beans, capsicum) and paneer (Indian cottage cheese)

Instructions
 

Prep

  • Soak rice underwater for one hour.
  • Slice potatoes into 2-3 cm thick discs. These discs will be used to form the base layer.
    Cut all other veggies into 2-3 cm pieces.
  • Roughly chop the mint and coriander
  • We first cook the vegetables to make a curry for layering.
    To make the curry, sautee onions in a wok with 1 tbsp of oil. When the onions soften, add in all remaining vegetables, except for the potatoes.
    Mix 1 cup yoghurt, half of the chopped mint and coriander, half the contents of Biryani Marinade Spices 1 and half the contents of Biryani Marinade Spices 2. This is to avoid the Biryani getting too spicy.
    Add this mix into the veggies in the wok and cook on medium heat till the carrots soften a little, or about 5 minutes, and set aside. Your Vegetable Curry for the Biryani is ready.

Cook Rice

  • Add spices from the Rice Spice Mix sachet to a large saucepan along with 1 tbsp oil and 2 liters of boiling water. Check the water for saltiness. It should be salty like the sea. If not, add more salt. This step is very important to ensure the rice is properly flavoured. The salt will be rinsed away later.
    Drain the rice that's been soaking underwater and carefully add it into the boiling water. Stir once, then allow the rice to cook on high heat for 4 mins. After 4 mins, turn off the heat and strain the parboiled rice discarding the water. It is very important to not overcook the rice to avoid a gluggy Biryani.
    You now have fragrant, gently spiced riced all ready for layering.

Build the layers

  • Preheat the oven to 170 fan forced.
  • LAYER 1
    To assemble the Biryani spread a 1 tbsp of oil in a thin layer at the base of a heavy pot.
    Place the sliced potatoes discs in a single even layer at the bottom of the pot. Ensure the base is completely covered without too much overlapping.
    Spread half the parboiled rice over the potatoes.
  • LAYER 2
    Spread the Vegetable curry prepared earlier over the rice evenly.
    Sprinkle half the chopped mint and half the chopped coriander over the curry.
    Now spread remaining rice in an even layer. Do not press down the rice.
    Drizzle half a cup of water over the rice.
  • LAYER 3
    Finally sprinkle remaining mint and coriander along with the fried onion from the sachet over the rice.
    Finish with a drizzle of 2 tbsp of ghee or olive oil.
  • Cover the pot with aluminium foil and then the tight fitting lid.

Cook the Vegetable Biryani

  • Cook the Biryani in the oven in it’s own steam at 170 degrees for 40 mins with the lid tightly on.
  • Remove pot from the oven and allow it to stand for 5 mins. Remove the lid and the foil. Biryani is ready to serve.

Serve

  • Garnish with a handful of fried cashews and raisins.
  • A small cup of Raita on the side goes really well with this Biryani.
    To make the Raita - combine 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, juice of half a lemon with a cup of yoghurt in a bowl. Mix through finely chopped mint, diced cucumber, onions and tomatoes. Serve fresh.
Keyword Biryani, Spicekit, Vegetarian