veg biryani recipe mangalorean style

mangalorean style veg biryani recipe with step by step photos – a spiced fragrant one pot biryani with mixed veggies.

this is a spicy veg biryani with robust flavors. there is no layering involved in the biryani. like most south indian biryanis this recipe is one pot and cooked in steam or dum. the recipe is inspired and loosely adapted from the book ‘biryani‘ by pratibha karan.

i try different methods of making biryanis and whenever i prepare a biryani recipe which tastes good, i add them on the blog too. so far i have added some biryani recipes ranging from not so easy to easy ones. you can have a look at this collection of biryani recipes.

like most biryani recipes, this biryani goes well with onion-tomato raita. you can also serve some sliced onions or sirke wale pyaaz or a side salad. you can also serve this veg biryani with tomato onion shorba.

if you are looking for more biryani recipes then do check:

veg biryani recipe below:

veg biryani recipe mangalorean style
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veg biryani recipe mangalorean style

veg biryani recipe made mangalorean style. one pot spiced biryani recipe.
course main course
cuisine mangalorean, south indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 35 minutes
total time 1 hour 5 minutes
servings 2 -3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for veg biryani:

  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 medium onions or 100 grams onions or 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 to 2 green chilies, slit or sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 medium tomato or 75 grams tomatoes or ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 medium to large carrot or 100 grams carrots or ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes or 150 grams potatoes or ¾ to 1 cup chopped potatoes
  • cup green peas, fresh or frozen (matar)
  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice, or 200 grams basmati rice
  • 2 cups water for cooking rice
  • salt as required

to be ground to paste:

  • ¼ cup tightly packed fresh grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • 3 to 4 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • 8 to 10 fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamoms (hari elaichi or choti elaichi)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup water for grinding

how to make recipe?

preparation for veg biryani:

  1. rinse basmati rice very well in water and then soak for 30 minutes.
  2. after 30 minutes, strain the rice of all the water and keep aside.
  3. meanwhile, while the rice is soaking, rinse and chop all the veggies. keep them aside.

preparing the ground paste for biryani:

  1. also take all the ingredients for the masala paste - 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh grated coconut, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 3 to 4 dry red chilies, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp poppy seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 8 to 10 methi seeds, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms and 1/2 inch cinnamon.
  2. add these ingredients along with 1/4 to 1/3 cup water in a grinder jar. 

  3. grind to a smooth paste.

making veg biryani:

  1. heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a thick bottomed pot or pan. add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.
  2. saute the onions on a low to medium flame, stirring often till they turn golden.
  3. now add 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and 1 sprig curry leaves.
  4. stir and saute for a minute.
  5. then add 1 or 2 green chilies (slit or sliced) and add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
  6. mix well and saute on a low to medium flame till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy. you will also see oil releasing from the sides of the onion-tomato masala.
  7. now add the ground spice paste. stir well and saute for 3 minutes on a low flame.
  8. add 1.75 to 2 cups chopped veggies. you can add your choice of veggies. i added a mix of carrots, green peas and potatoes.
  9. stir well and mix the veggies with the rest of the masala.
  10. now add the rice. gently stir the rice with the veggies and masala.
  11. add 2 cups water. season with salt as per taste. stir.
  12. seal the pan with an aluminium foil or a moist kitchen towel or a moist cotton napkin.
  13. close tightly with a lid.
  14. on a low flame cook till the rice grains are cooked and all the water is absorbed. it took me 18 minutes for the rice to cook. 

  15. time will vary depending on the size and volume of pan, the thickness of pan, flame intensity etc. 

  16. if the rice grains are still under cooked and all the water has been absorbed then add a few tablespoons of water. 

  17. cover and cook veg biryani for some more minutes.

  18. allow a standing time of 5 minutes and then open the lid. 

  19. gently fluff and serve mangalore style veg biryani with raita or pickle or papad. you can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves if you want.


how to make mangalore style veg biryani recipe:

1. rinse basmati rice very well in water and then soak for 30 minutes.

making veg biryani recipe

2. after 30 minutes, strain the rice of all the water and keep aside.

making veg biryani recipe

3. take all the ingredients for the masala paste – ¼ cup tightly packed fresh grated coconut, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 3 to 4 dry red chilies, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp poppy seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 8 to 10 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds), 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms and ½ inch cinnamon.

making veg biryani recipe

4. add these ingredients along with ¼ to ⅓ cup water in a grinder jar. grind to a smooth paste.

making veg biryani recipe

5. heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a thick bottomed pot or pan. add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.

making veg biryani recipe

6. saute the onions on a low to medium flame, stirring often.

making veg biryani recipe

7. saute the onions till they turn golden.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

8. now add ½ cup chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and 1 sprig curry leaves (10 to 12 curry leaves).

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

9. stir and saute for a minute.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

10. then add 1 or 2 green chilies (slit or sliced).

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

11. next add ¼ tsp turmeric powder.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

12. mix well and saute on a low to medium flame till the tomatoes soften and become pulpy. you will also see oil releasing from the sides of the onion-tomato masala.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

13. now add the ground spice paste.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

14. stir well and saute for 3 minutes on a low flame.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

15. add 1.75 to 2 cups chopped veggies. you can add your choice of veggies. i added a mix of carrots, green peas and potatoes.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

16. stir well and mix the veggies with the rest of the masala.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

17. now add the rice.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

18. gently stir the rice with the veggies and masala.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

19. add 2 cups water.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

20. season with salt as per taste. check the taste of the water and it should taste slightly salty.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

21. seal the pan with an aluminium foil or a moist kitchen towel or a moist cotton napkin.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

22. close tightly with a lid.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

23. on a low flame cook till the rice grains are cooked, fluffy, soft and all the water is absorbed. it took me 18 minutes for the rice to cook. time will vary depending on the size and volume of pan, the thickness of pan, flame intensity etc. if the rice grains are still under cooked and all the water has been absorbed then sprinkle some tablespoons of water. cover and cook for some more minutes.

making mangalore style veg biryani recipe

24. allow a standing time of 5 minutes and then open the lid. gently fluff and serve mangalore style veg biryani with raita or pickle or papad. you can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves if you want.

veg biryani recipe mangalore style




38 thoughts on “veg biryani recipe mangalorean style | spicy veg biryani recipe”

  1. I tried this recipe. Resulted in a flavourful and delicious outcome! Another gem from your collection. Thanks for sharing the recipe Dassana. God bless!

    1. heeru, amount of water to be used depends on the quality of rice. so you can add less water keeping in mind the variety of rice you are using. some rice grains cook fast and need less water and some take more time and need more water. hope this helps.

  2. hi dassana! another great tasting biryani recipe.tastes delicious.thanks.
    I was wondering if it could be converted to mix veg curry to be served with either paratha or dinner rolls.

  3. Loved it Loved it Loved it
    This will be my goto recipe from now on. Thank youuu 😄

  4. It is such a awesome dish just yummmmmm I made it for first time flavors are very nice in my house everybody just liked it so much but there is a problem my rice brokedall the time

  5. Amit, can we not add poppy seeds. Bcoz the place I stay its either difficult to find it or it is too expensive

  6. thank you for sharing,i have a problem with adding water for rice.whenever I added water for rice… masala doesn’t stick with rice…what I do???

    1. could be that you are adding more water in the rice. for most indian brands of 1 cup basmati rice, after pre-soaking for 30 minutes need 1.5 to 2 cups water for cooking.

  7. Thanks for the recipe. .that looks soo simple yet delicious. I would like to tell you that your recipes inspire me and I have tried a lot of your dishes from veg makhanwala to veg biryani to egg less muffins. my husband liked egg less apple muffin a lot. thanks once again 🙂 . please keep posting more and more. .

  8. Being a Mangalorean myself I dint knew this recipe,.. Actually I love to eat than prepare 😉 ha ha so should blame for my culinary knowledge 😀 Thank you,.. I have bookmarked this.. Next time I will prepare this,..

  9. wow. will try this for sure.. was looking for an easy biriyani recepie for a long time.. 🙂

    1. yes sowmya, this veg biryani can be made in the pressure cooker. just add 1.5 to 1.75 cups water and pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium flame.

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