Quick and Easy Vegetable Biryani

Quick and Easy Vegetable Biryani


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About this recipe: A speedier version of the classic Indian dish - basmati rice is lightly fried with cumin, cloves and onion, then simmered with garam masala, chilli powder and frozen mixed vegetables.

Monica Shah

Serves: 4 

  • 200g (7 oz) basmati rice
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 750ml (1 1/4 pints) water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • chilli powder to taste
  • 175g (6 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
  • knob butter

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Rinse and soak rice for 30 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté cumin seeds and cloves for less than 1 minute. Sauté the onion, stirring constantly, until brown. Stir in rice and fry for about 1 minute, stirring. Stir in the water, salt, garam masala, chilli powder and vegetables. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
  3. Fluff with a fork and stir in butter before serving.

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Reviews (2)


It was quick and easy to prepare, however it was very bland. I used 2 teaspoons of hot chilli powder. If I were to try it again I would add at least double this amount, along with some garlic. - 14 Aug 2009


Haven't made it yet but felt bad for the low rating. I am planning to combine it with several other versions to make vegetarian biryani for myself and also use it as a base chicken biryani for my husband. This recipe will, in fact, be VERY helpful! - 08 Jan 2011

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