Vegetable Biryani with Cool Summer salad

In celebration of Indian ingredients “Jihva for ingredients” was started by Indira of
“Mahanandi”. The event “Jihva for Rice” is now being hosted by Sharmi of Neivedyam.

You will need:

¼ kg. Basmati Rice (approx. 2 cups)
8 Green chillies (slit)
½ bunch Mint
2 onions thinly sliced
3 Cardamom pods
3 Cloves
1” pc. Cinnamon stick
½ cup Green beans (small French cut)
½ cup Carrots (small French cut)
3-4 tbsps Oil or Ghee
1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
Salt to taste
Few drops lime juice
Water – as required to cook rice

  1. Wash and soak Basmati rice for 15 mins. Keep aside.
  2. Cut beans and Carrots on an angle to make small French cut style veggies. (Look at picture above)
  3. Heat oil/ghee in a pressure cooker. Add Cardamom, Cloves and Cinnamon. Fry for a minute till fragrant.
  4. Now add the Green chillies and thinly sliced onions. Fry till onions are soft and become translucent.
  5. Add Ginger Garlic paste and fry for a couple of minutes.
  6. Now add the cut vegetables and the washed mint leaves. If the mint leaves are too big give them a rough chop.
  7. Mix well and cook till vegetables are half done, about 6-8 minutes. Now add the required quantity of water.

(This depends on the brand of Basmati being used. Check on the back of the rice package for water measurements. In this case I’ve used Dawat Basmati where the ratio of Rice to Water is 1:1 ½ )

  1. Cover the lid and turn the flame to high. When the steam begins to rise, reduce the flame and let sit for a few seconds. Now open the lid and add the washed, strained rice. Add salt and a few drops of lime juice. Mix well.
  2. Cover the lid, turn to high and when the steam begins to rise again, place the weight, reduce flame to low and cook for 8-10 mins.
  3. Turn off when done and let sit for a few minutes before opening the lid. Mix well, serve hot with cool salad.

Cool Summer Salad:

You will need:

2 tomatoes chopped
½ cucumber chopped
1 onion chopped
Chopped coriander
2-3 green chillies chopped
Salt to taste

Mix all the above in a bowl. Cover and set in the refrigerator for an hour. The salt helps bring out all the flavours. Serve with Vegetable Biryani.

Veg. Biryani with Cool Summer Salad is simple and fulfilling! Enjoy!!


  1. Hi Namratha,
    Thanks for dropping by at my blog. You have a lovely place here. I am going to try your biryani...I always make pulao and pass on the duty of making biryani to my roomies :) And we have been having custard month at our place with all the summer fruits here now :) Not one can beat the banana's at it though :)

  2. Hi Namratha, 3 posts in one night!:))
    I have to catch up with you now.Pulao looks great.I have posted atleast 3 salads this week at FH, check it out.See you next week:)

  3. Hi Priya, thanks! I hope you will like the Biryani.

    Asha, definitely post more than me so chill :D I saw your word for them...awesome! Have a fun trip!

  4. Hi Namratha, You have a very nice blog. Your biryani looks so good. it is very nicely presented. I feel privileged that I have been your inspiration. Thanks a lot.

  5. hey, welcome to the world of food blogging, have fun. Biryani looks good & that ribbon s/w is one of my fav :)

  6. You are making me hungry now, and my soup isn't helping after seeing these pictures .. :)

    Nice post, thanks for the recipe :)

  7. Thnaks Sharmi, your blog is surely an inspiration:)

    Thanks Richa, I'm glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by too.

  8. I dont think there is any point in trying to tell you guess what... Im making Veg biryani now :)

  9. Hahaha!! Good luck, tell me how it turns out:)

  10. GOOD! sakkathagittu.... had it with pachdi.. and it was nice...

  11. Cool..glad you liked it! Yup,Raitha/pachdi is a great combo with this too :)

  12. Hi, I have tried this recipe several times for several occasions and it has never gone wrong !! wonderful recipe .. Thanks..



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