Vegetable Biriyani - Pressure Cooker Method

Coming to day 3 of Blogging Marathon#62 under the theme quick dishes I am sharing a one pot meal.This biriyani can be made in 30 minutes if the veggies are chopped and kept or even frozen veggies can also be used.
As I have the habit of chopping veggies for the next day cooking this takes only 20-25 minutes of cooking.Also I use the boiling hot water to cook the rice faster.When the rice is cooking in the pressure cooker you can make either a simple raita or an egg omelette to pair up with this biriyani.

                                          Vegetable Biriyani - Pressure Cooker Method

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 25- 27 minutes
   Serves ~ 3(generously)


Basmathi rice
 1.25 cups
Onion(thinly sliced)
2 medium size
Tomato(finely chopped)
2 medium size
Carrot (chopped into 1 inch piece)
Beans((chopped into 1 inch piece)
Green peas/pacha pattani
1/4 cup(fresh or frozen)
1(medium size)
Cauliflower florets
1 cup
Ginger&garlic paste
2 tbs
Green chilly/pachamilagai
4-5 (slit lengthy)
Mint leaves/pudina
a fistful(chopped)
Coriander leaves/kothamalli
as needed(finely chopped)
2 tbs
Red chilly powder/varamilagai podi
1/2 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
3/4 medium size
Garm masala powder
1/4 tsp
Lemon juice
2 tsp
2 tbs
1 tbs
Hot water
2.25 cups

  For the tempering

2 inch piece
Bay leaf
Star anise
Green cardamom
1/4 tsp

  • Soak the basmathi rice in water,meanwhile heat a pressure pan or cooker with oil and ghee,do the tempering with the given ingredients.Add the sliced onion and green chilly along with a pinch of salt.Saute it for a minute,then goes in the chopped coriander and mint leaves.Continue sauteing until the onion turns transparent. Add in the ginger& garlic paste,fry it till the raw smell disappears.
  • Now add the yogurt and fry it for a minutes,then goes in the chopped tomatoes.Cook it until mushy..Add the chopped veggies and green peas,mix it well.Add in salt and garam masala powder.Now completely drain the water from the soaked rice and add it.Give it a mix till everything gets blend well.
  • Add in salt and spice powders,now completely drain the water from the soaked rice and add it.Give it a mix till everything gets blend well.Add in the chopped potato and cauliflower,mix it well.
  • Now add the hot water and let it boil.Add the lemon juice and some chopped coriander leaves.Cover it with the lid and cook it for 2 whistles in a medium flame and put off the flame.
  • Serve it with raita and chips

  • Cashews can also be added for extra rich taste.
  • The amount of water depends on the quality of rice.
  • Add the cauliflower and potato tend to cook faster,I added before adding the rice..
  • Do not cook for more than two whistles,otherwise the rice will turn out mushy.


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Such a colorful and flavorful biryani Nalini. Looks so yummy!! I have heard of using hot water to make biryanis and pulaos but I never tried it because I usually forget to boil the water before starting the dish and end up using regular water. Will have to try this quick version some time.

Love the simplicity of this one pot meal... bookmarked!

the pictures are so good. Its nearing lunch time here and I am drooling..... adding hot water to cook rice seems to be an intetresting option.... need to try...

Pictures are amazing. Love these pressure cooker biryanis. Great one pot meal.

Love this colorful and delicious looking biryani.Looks too tempting.

The biryani looks very tempting. I never added hot water too, must give it a try. The texture of the grains look amazing.

Simply inviting, such a beautiful and delicious briyani.

your photos just put the rest of us to shame - biryani looks yum also

wow that looks awesome Nalini..I am a sucker for biryanis and instant makes it even more appealing to me..drooling over your pictures..

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