gobi biryani recipe | south indian style easy cauliflower biryani recipe

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gobi biryani recipe - one pot recipe of a dum cooked south indian style cauliflower biryani recipe.

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cauliflower biryani recipe

its been a long time i shared any cauliflower recipe. so here goes this delicious gobi biryani with south indian flavors. this biryani is dum cooked but not layered. also everything is cooked in one pot.

while preparing south indian versions of biryani, i always use seeraga samba rice. if you do not have seeraga samba rice, then you can use aromatic indian varieties of rice like basmati rice or amber mohur rice (mango blossom rice). you can also use sella basmati rice (parboiled basmati rice) to make this biryani.

i have blanched the cauliflower before adding in biryani. this step is optional. also i have added vinegar in the water while blanching. addition of vinegar gets rids of the typical cauliflower aroma that comes in the dish. some folks do not prefer it. you can skip adding vinegar if you want.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check south indian mushroom biryani, veg tahiri, ambur biryani, kolkata style veg biryani and hyderabadi vegetable biryani recipe.

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gobi biryani recipe | cauliflower biryani recipe

gobi biryani recipe - one pot recipe of a dum cooked south indian style cauliflower biryani recipe.

course main course
cuisine south indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

blanching cauliflower: (OPTIONAL STEP)

  • 1 small to medium size cauliflower florets (gobi) or 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • hot water as required for blanching cauliflower
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar - OPTIONAL
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

spices to be ground for gobi biryani:

  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 3 green cardamoms (hari elaichi)
  • 1 small piece of stone flower (dagad phool) - OPTIONAL
  • 2 to 3 strands of mace (javitiri)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds (khus khus) - OPTIONAL
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • 5 whole black peppers (sabut kali mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 3 tablespoons desiccated coconut or fresh coconut
  • 2 green chilies - chopped (hari mirch) OR ½ tablespoon chopped - you can add more green chillies for a spicy biryani
  • 1 inch ginger - chopped OR ½ tablespoon chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 4 medium to large garlic cloves OR ½ tablespoon chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ¼ cup water for grinding

for soaking rice:

  • 1.5 cups seeraga samba rice OR 280 grams seeraga samba rice OR basmati rice
  • enough water for soaking rice - as required

other ingredients for gobi biryani:

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium to large onion OR ½ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 2 medium tomatoes OR 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pinch of turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 medium potato OR a fistful of green peas (matar) - both are OPTIONAL
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt as required
  • some coriander leaves for garnish

how to make recipe

soaking rice:

  1. rinse 1.5 cups seeraga samba rice (280 grams) 3 to 4 times in water. then soak rice grains for 30 minutes in enough water. after 30 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside.

blanching cauliflower:

  1. next rinse and then chop 1 small to medium cauliflower in medium sized florets. you will need about 3 cups of cauliflower florets. take the florets in a bowl. add hot boiling water till it cover the cauliflower florets. also add ¼ teaspoon salt. keep aside for 5 to 6 minutes.

  2. blanching the cauliflower is to get rid of the worms or insects. this step is optional. to get rid of the cauliflower aroma, you can add ½ teaspoon vinegar in the hot water and mix it well before adding gobi florets.

preparing spice paste for gobi biryani:

  1. meanwhile prepare the spice paste or masala paste. take all the whole spices mentioned above in the list 'spices to be ground' in a small grinder jar or chutney grinder jar.

  2. also add desiccated coconut, green chilies, ginger, garlic and coriander leaves.

  3. add ¼ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. keep the spice paste aside.

making gobi biryani:

  1. heat 3 tablespoons oil in a thick bottomed heavy pan or pot. add ½ cup thinly sliced onions.

  2. begin to sauté onions on a low to medium flame till they turn golden. 

  3. then add 5 to 6 curry leaves and 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes. mix very well.

  4. cover the pan and cook the tomatoes for 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame, till they soften and become mushy. in between do check a couple of times and stir, so that the tomatoes do not stick to the bottom of the pan.

  5. then add the ground masala paste. mix and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. 

  6. then add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix again.

  7. now add the blanched cauliflower florets.

  8. mix the cauliflower florets with the rest of the masala.

  9. then add the rice and gently mix the rice grains with the rest of the ingredients.

  10. add 3 cups water. next add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and salt as per taste.

  11. check the taste of the water and it should have a slight salty taste. stir well.

  12. seal the pan with an aluminium foil.

  13. now cover the pan with its lid. you can even directly keep the lid on the pan without using the foil. since this lid has a vent on it, i have sealed the pan with the foil.

  14. dum cook gobi biryani for 18 to 20 minutes on a low flame or sim. do use a thick bottomed heavy pan or else the base can get browned or burnt. if doubtful, then keep the pan on a hot heavy tawa (griddle) which is placed on the burner and cook on a low flame.

  15. give a standing time of 6 to 8 minutes. then open the lid. gently fluff the gobi biryani and serve hot.

  16. garnish with coriander leaves while serving gobi biryani. serve any raita or salad of your choice with this gobi biryani.

recipe notes

tips for making gobi biryani recipe:

  • instead of seeraga samba rice, you can use any indian variety of fragrant rice.
  • add more green chilies for a spicy taste in the gobi biryani.
  • do use a thick bottomed heavy and deep pan or pot, so that the rice does not get burnt while dum cooking.
  • blanching cauliflower is an optional step and you can skip it. 
  • skip poppy seeds and stone flower if you do not have them. 

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how to make gobi biryani recipe:

soaking rice:

1. rinse 1.5 cups seeraga samba rice (280 grams) 3 to 4 times in water. then soak rice for 30 minutes in enough water. after 30 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside.

rice for cauliflower biryani recipe

blanching cauliflower:

2. next rinse and then chop 1 small to medium cauliflower in medium sized florets. you will need about 3 cups of gobi florets. take the florets in a bowl. add hot boiling water till it cover the cauliflower along with ¼ teaspoon salt. keep aside for 5 to 6 minutes. blanching the cauliflower is to get rid of the worms or insects. this step is optional. to get rid of the cauliflower aroma, you can add ½ teaspoon vinegar in the hot water and mix it well before adding gobi florets.

gobi to make cauliflower biryani recipe

preparing spice paste:

3. meanwhile prepare the spice paste or masala paste. take the following whole spices.

spices for gobi biryani

4. now add the above spices along with the desiccated coconut in a small grinder jar or chutney grinder jar.

spices to make cauliflower biryani recipe

5. also add ½ tablespoons chopped green chilies (about 2 green chilies, chopped), ½ tablespoon chopped ginger, ½ tablespoon chopped garlic and 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. for a spicy taste, you can add 3 to 4 green chilies.

spices to make cauliflower biryani recipe

6. add ¼ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. keep aside.

spice paste to make cauliflower biryani recipe

preparing gobi biryani:

7. heat 3 tablespoons oil in a thick bottomed heavy pan or pot. add ½ cup thinly sliced onions.

onions for making gobi biryani recipe

8. begin to sauté onions on a low to medium flame.

onions for making gobi biryani recipe

9. sauté the onions till they turn golden.

onions for making gobi biryani recipe

10. then add 5 to 6 curry leaves and 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for making gobi biryani recipe

11. mix very well.

tomatoes for making gobi biryani recipe

12. cover the pan and cook the tomatoes for 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame, till they soften and become mushy.

tomatoes for making gobi biryani recipe

13. in between do check a couple of times and stir, so that the tomatoes do not stick to the bottom of the pan.

tomatoes for making gobi biryani recipe

14. then add the ground masala paste.

making gobi biryani recipe

14. mix and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on a low flame.

preparing gobi biryani recipe

15. then add a pinch of turmeric powder.

preparing gobi biryani recipe

16. mix again.

preparing gobi biryani recipe

17. now add the blanched cauliflower florets.

gobi for preparing gobi biryani recipe

18. mix the cauliflower florets with the rest of the masala.

gobi for preparing gobi biryani recipe

19. then add the rice.

rice for preparing gobi biryani recipe

20. gently mix the rice grains with the rest of the ingredients.

rice for preparing gobi biryani recipe

21. add 3 cups water.

preparing gobi biryani recipe

22. next add 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

preparing gobi biryani recipe

23. then season with salt as per taste. check the taste of the water and it should have a slight salty taste. stir well.

preparing cauliflower biryani recipe

24. seal the pan with an aluminium foil.

preparing cauliflower biryani recipe

25. now cover the pan with its lid. you can even directly keep the lid on the pan without using the foil. since this lid has a vent on it, i have sealed the pan with the foil. dum cook gobi biryani for 18 to 20 minutes on a low flame or sim. do use a thick bottomed heavy pan or else the base can get browned or burnt. if doubtful, then keep the pan on a hot heavy tawa (griddle) which is placed on the burner and cook on a low flame.

preparing cauliflower biryani recipe

26. give a standing time of 6 to 8 minutes. then open the lid. gently fluff the gobi biryani and serve hot.

preparing cauliflower biryani recipe

27. garnish with coriander leaves while serving gobi biryani. serve gobi biryani with any raita or salad of your choice. for more gobi recipes, you can check this collection of 18 gobi recipes.

gobi biryani recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi dassana, I prepared this Gobi biryani today and it was awesome. You are such a great cook and teacher. Many thanks to you.

    • Welcome Kirti. Thanks for your kind words.

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