The word Biryani makes our mouth to water. Briyani is synonymous with Hyderabad, which has a distinction when it comes to making biryani.
The Royals of Hyderabad made non veg biryani more popular.
Coming to my recipe, the aromatic flavors of spices takes me to a journey into the past when my hubby prepared this vegetable biryani for the first time.
Of course, this super delectable blend of vegetables and cottage cheese is addictive. You can't just have it once. When your hubby takes the pain to prepare it for you, it gets extra delectable and aromatic.
I was in no mood to cook today, so hubby took the initiative and decided to surprise me with this signature veg biryani. I have always been in love with this special recipe from his culinary skills, which are better than mine. :)
We rarely use basmati rice, as we prefer parboiled rice for daily use. Today was the day for a change. So he decided to go with biryani.
I love the way hubby cooks. After all, all his cooking is done only for me! He is a pampered child at home - his mother would never imagine that her son cooks so well. Lucky me, he cooks for me, though rarely.
So let's come straight to the point.
Quick Vegetable Biryani Recipe:
Basmati rice - 1 cup
Paneer (cottage cheese) - 100 grams
Vegetables of your choice .we added green beans, peas, cauliflower, and capsicum
Green cardamom -2
Cinnamon- 1 small stick
Garlic & ginger- 2 tbsp
Green chilly -2
Cumin seeds (jeera)- 1/2 tsp
Oil- 1 tbsp (1/2 for frying paneer initially and 1/2 for vegetables)
Water- 2 cups
- Soak rice for 1-2 hours.
- Marinate paneer with salt & haldi (if you wish, you may add little curd as well and set aside for 30 minutes)
- Slice vegetables into small pieces. Keep aside.
- Chop onion, garlic, ginger, and green chilly together.
- Take a heavy bottom vessel.
- Add 1/2 tbsp oil.
- Fry marinated paneer pieces. Take out the fried pieces once done.
- Add the remaining 1/2 tbsp oil to the same vessel.
- Add onion-garlic-ginger-chilly chopped. Saute well.
- Add little salt to speed up frying.
- Add tomato. Let its juices flow into the rest of the ingredients.
- Once done, add the vegetables. Mix & fry. Add bay leaf and powdered cinnamon, cloves, and green cardamom.
- Add salt & turmeric.
- Add 1/4 cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
- Once done, add rice.
- Mix very well & and add paneer pieces.
- Add 1 1/2 cup of water and mix well.
- Pressure cook for 4 whistles.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy your quck veg biryani with plain curd or raita.
Here's another paneer recipe - paneer badami.