restaurant style veg dum biryani

Restaurant style veg dum biryani recipe With step by step photos – veg dum biryani is my most favorite rice based dish. If I have to have biryani everyday, I won’t mind it at all.

This restaurant style veg dum biryani recipe was first posted three years back. That time, I always would make the Hyderabadi veg dum biryani or my mom’s version of the dum biryani at home.  i had never experimented or tried any other version of vegetable dum biryani. I came across this biryani recipe in nita mehta’s cookbook – “taste of amritsar vegetarian”. I gave it a try and adapted the recipe to suit our taste buds. What i liked in the recipe was the use of freshly ground biryani masala.

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restaurant style veg biryani recipe

Also, there were no tomatoes, chilies or turmeric in this version. Three ingredients that always go in my cooking. I was like, biryani without tomatoes & chilies & turmeric. How it would be??? and I was wrong. The vegetable biryani proved me wrong.

One of the best biryanis i have had and was truly restaurant style. The veg gravy was not wet like is the case with homemade biryanis, but a bit dry as we get in the restaurants. The biryani is not at all spicy but has a subtle hint of sweetness in it.

The flavors of the freshly ground spices as well as the caramelized/browned onions are a hallmark in this biryani and bring out the best in the whole dish. Yes, Birista or fried browned onionS is used in this recipe.

By now I have made this biryani many times. I have made the recipe, both with dairy yogurt and cashew yogurt. When made with cashew yogurt, no one, including me, could make out the difference that it was made in cashew yogurt.

This dum biryani recipe is awesome and I had to share it with all of you. I served the veg dum biryani with onion tomato raita.

A long process of making the restaurant-style veg dum biryani but worth it. the ingredients are simple and easily available in the kitchen apart from mint leaves and saffron. so do have some mint leaves before hand. For saffron substitute, you can add a pinch of turmeric in some milk or water and then add it on the rice layers.

I cannot imagine my food without green chilies or red chili powder. So I had to add red chili powder in the biryani. So for this Diwali, why not make this biryani and impress your family, friends and guests.

I will be making this Restaurant style veg dum biryani on Diwali again. It has become a favorite dish at home.

How to make restaurant-style veg dum biryani

1. Rinse 1.5 cups (200 grams) basmati rice very well in water. Soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes. when the rice is soaking, chop all the veggies and keep aside.

rice for veg biryani recipe restaurant style

2. Prepare the biryani masala. these are the spices that we will be using for the freshly ground biryani masala – 1 inch cinnamon stick, 4 cloves, 4 green cardamoms and a single blade of mace/javitri (not the whole mace. Mace is a strong spice).

masala for veg biryani recipe restaurant style

3. Add these in a small grinder or spice grinder and grind to a powder. Keep aside.

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4. After 30 minutes drain the rice and keep aside.

rice for veg biryani recipe restaurant style

5. Heat 5 cups water. When the water becomes hot, then add the following spices – 3 to 4 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 1 medium size tej patta (Indian bay leaf), 2 star anise and 1 black cardamom.

spices for veg biryani restaurant style recipe

6. On a high flame, bring the water to a boil. Then add the rice. Also add ¾ tsp salt or as per taste.

rice for veg biryani restaurant style recipe

7. Cook the rice on high flame till the rice is 75% cooked.

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8. There should be a slight bite in the rice or they should be al dente.

rice for veg biryani restaurant style recipe

9. Drain the rice in a colander. Keep aside. You can also check how to cook Basmati rice for biryani recipe.

rice for veg biryani restaurant style recipe

Making vegetable gravy for dum biryani

1. Whisk or beat 1 cup fresh yogurt (200 grams) till smooth. Keep aside.

curd for veg biryani recipe restaurant style

2. Heat 3 to 4 tbsp oil or ghee in a pan. Add 2 cups thinly sliced onions.

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3. Stir and saute the onions on a low to medium flame.

onions for veg dum biryani recipe

4. saute the onions with frequent stirring till they become golden brown.

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5. Keep the flame to a low. Then remove ¼ cup fried onions from this and keep aside.

onions for veg dum biryani recipe

6. Then add 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste. Stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

ginger for veg dum biryani recipe

7. Then add the freshly ground biryani masala. Stir.

masala for vegetable biryani recipe

8. Add the veggies.

vegetables for vegetable biryani recipe

9. Stir and mix very well.

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10. Then add the fresh curd.

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11. Add ½ to 1 tsp red chilli powder.

making veg biryani recipe restaurant style

12. Stir the gravy mixture very well.

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13. Add ½ cup of water.

making veg biryani recipe restaurant style

14. Add salt as per taste.

making veg biryani recipe restaurant style

15. Pressure cook for 1 whistle on a medium flame. If cooking in a pot, then cook till the veggies are done. Don’t over cook the veggies. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and check the gravy. If the veggies are not cooked well, then keep the cooker on the stove top and simmer the gravy without the lid, till the veggies are cooked. If there is too much of water or stock in the gravy, then simmer till some water dries up. The gravy should have a medium or slightly thick consistency and should not be very watery.

making restaurant style veg dum biryani recipe

Assembling and layering veg dum biryani

16. In a small bowl take 2 tbsp warm milk. Add a few saffron strands and mix well. Keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

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17. The gravy is ready and done. in another thick bottomed pan, add half of the vegetable gravy.

making veg dum biryani recipe

18. Layer with half of the rice.

making veg dum biryani recipe

19. Sprinkle half of the fried onions along with chopped mint leaves. Also add half of the saffron dissolved milk. top with 1 tbsp oil or butter or ghee on this layer.

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20. Layer with the rest of the vegetable gravy.

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21. Lastly add the remainder of the fried onions, mint leaves and the saffron milk. Top with 1 tbsp oil or butter or ghee on this layer.

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Cooking Restaurant style Veg dum biryani

22. Cover the pan with a moist muslin or cotton napkin. You can also seal and secure the pan with aluminum foil.

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23. Place the lid on top.

making veg biryani recipe

24. Now place the biryani pan on a hot tawa or griddle. The tawa should be heated for 4 to 5 minutes on a low to medium flame before you place the pan on it. dum cook the biryani for 25 to 3o minutes on a low flame. allow a standing time of 5 to 7 minutes after you switch off the flame.

Baking – bake the biryani at 180 degrees celsius in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Please remember to use an ovenproof glass utensil like the pyrex bowl for baking in the oven. You will have to assemble the biryani as mentioned above in the ovenproof utensil. Cover with aluminum foil or the pyrex bowl’s lid and then bake.

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25.  Serve restaurant style veg dum biryani with your favorite raita or biryani shorba or mirchi ka salan and with sliced onions and lemon wedges.

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restaurant style veg dum biryani

4.95 from 18 votes
This is an aromatic, lightly spiced restaurant style dum vegetable biryani.
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Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:45 mins
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:1 hr 30 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):4 to 5
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for rice layer of biryani

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice or 300 grams basmati rice
  • 3 to 4 green cardamoms
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 medium size tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 star anise (chakriphool)
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 5 cups water for cooking rice
  • ¾ teaspoon salt or add as required

for veg gravy layer

  • 2 large onions finely sliced or 2 cups thinly sliced onions or 200 grams onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste or 1 inch ginger + 7 to 8 garlic crushed in mortar-pestle
  • 2 medium size carrots - chopped
  • 1 medium size potato - chopped
  • ½ cup cauliflower florets - i did not add cauliflower
  • 4 to 5 button mushrooms - chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped french beans
  • ½ cup green peas
  • 1 cup fresh curd (yogurt) or 200 grams curd or cashew yogurt - beaten or whisked till smooth,
  • ½ cup water for pressure cooking and ¾ cup water if cooking in a pot
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon oil or ghee (i used sunflower oil)
  • salt as required

biryani masala

  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • a single blade of of mace (javitri) - [not the whole mace. mace is a strong spice]

topping the layers

  • ¼ cup fried browned onions
  • a few strands of saffron dissolved in 2 tablespoons warm milk or water.
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves (pudina patta) - chopped
  • 2 tablespoon oil or butter or ghee (clarified butter)


cooking rice

  • Rinse the rice very well in water till it runs clear of starch. Then soak the rice for 30 mins in enough water. After 30 minutes drain the rice.
  • Heat water first in a deep bottomed pan. Add all the whole spices.
  • Cook the rice till the grains are 75% cooked.
  • Drain the rice in a colander and keep aside.

making dum biryani masala powder

  • In a spice grinder or small dry grinder, grind all the spices mentioned for the biryani masala to a powder. Keep aside.

making vegetable gravy for biryani

  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker or pan.
  • Add the thinly sliced onions. Saute them on a low to medium flame, till they get golden. Then remove 1/4 cup of the fried onions and keep aside.
  • Now add the ginger-garlic paste to the 3/4 of the browned onions in the cooker or pan.
  • Stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Now add the freshly ground biryani masala & red chilli powder. Stir.
  • Add the mix chopped vegetables and stir for some 3-4 mins on a low flame.
  • Reduce the flame and add the yogurt slowly, stirring it.
  • Now add water and salt. Stir very well. pressure cook the veggies for 1 whistle.

assembling and layering veg dum biryani

  • In a small bowl take 2 tbsp milk. Add saffron strands and mix well. Keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • If baking then use a pyrex bowl or deep pan. If cooking on stove then use the same pan in which you cooked the veggies or a different one. You can make as many layers you want.
  • Arrange half of the veg gravy in the pan or pyrex bowl.
  • Now spread half of the cooked basmati rice on top of the veg layer.
  • Sprinkle half of the mint leaves, 1 tbsp oil/ghee and the saffron milk.
  • Also add half of the fried onion evenly on this layer.
  • Top this layer with another layer of veg gravy. then again the rice layer.
  • And finally with mint leaves, 1 tbsp oil/ghee, saffron milk and fried onions.

cooking restaurant style veg biryani

  • Cover the pyrex bowl with an aluminium foil.
  • If using a pan, then cover the pan with a moist muslin cloth or aluminum foil. Cover tightly with a lid.
  • You can bake the biryani for 25 to 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degree celsius.
  • If cooking on stove, then first heat up a tava/griddle and then keep the biryani pan on the tava. This way the bottom of the biryani won't get burnt. 
  • Lower the flame and let the biryani dum cook for 25-30 minutes or till done.
  • Serve restaurant-style veg biryani hot with some raita, pickle, salad and papad.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
restaurant style veg dum biryani
Amount Per Serving
Calories 546 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 506mg22%
Potassium 810mg23%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 6025IU121%
Vitamin C 30.6mg37%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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98 comments/reviews

  1. Loved it.. love most of your recepies!5 stars

    • thanks nimisha and glad to know.

  2. This is an awesome recipe. I followed it to the letter and the results were amazing. Thank you for sharing.5 stars

    • Welcome Jayanthi. Glad to know that you liked this veg biryani recipe.

  3. Thanx a lot.very simply posted the recipe I I’ve got it very perfectly first time with ur recipe thanx again5 stars

    • Welcome Varsha. Glad to know this.

  4. Hi.. Wonderful recipe… I cooked it for the first time and got it so nice that my kid and wife loved it so much.. Thanks for sharing..5 stars

    • Welcome Prasanth. Glad to know that everyone liked veg biryani recipe.

  5. Hi nice recipe
    Can you tell me how much rice to take for around 30 people(all adults) .I have other chat items too to go along in the menu

    • its difficult to tell the proportions as a recipe like biryani cannot be increased proportionately. the method of ‘andaaz’ or approximation has to be used when making biryani in large quantity.

  6. It was really better than the so called biryani served in most of the restaurants.. thanks a lot for the recipe:)))5 stars

    • welcome rasika and thanks for sharing the positive review on the veg biryani recipe.

  7. Amazing receipe.. My family loved it….5 stars

    • thanks rutu for sharing this feedback. nice to know.

  8. Can v add paneer instead of mushroom

    • you can add paneer. but do not cook paneer like mushrooms and other veggies. once the gravy is done, then add paneer. mix and keep aside before you layer.

  9. Hi I am suvarna.I make dum biryani ..very easy & simple preparation..but very tasty ..tnx dear

    • thanks suvarna for this feedback on biryani recipe. nice to know.

  10. here I have made a small change while giving dum. instead of using griddle I simply placed the dum closed bowl in a pressure cooker with some water at the Base and steamed it for some time with out putting the weight.

    • thats an excellent idea sandhya. thanks for sharing. i will give a try 🙂

  11. I tried out this recipe referring your site and thank you so much.It came out very well and my parents liked it a lot.Please keep up the good work!:)

    • thankyou sindhuja for your kind and positive words 🙂

  12. Awsm nd tasty recipies….i’m trying cookd so delicious…

    • surely try roma and let us know how it was? thankyou

  13. I tried this veg Biryani recipe yesterday and it was Amazing!!! My husband said it was the best veg Biryani he has had and he is not missing chicken in it at all ??.

    Thank you so much for all the lovely recipes that you post.

    • welcome arti and thankyou for your positive and kind words 🙂

  14. Hi….
    Lovely recipe…. I did it for first time n it was toooo good!!!
    It’s on demand among my family members…!! I too enjoy doing it again n again as I m finishing faster n with better taste every next time… I am happy for restaurant taste.
    THANK YOU !!5 stars

    • thank you prachi. nice to know.

  15. I’ve made veg biryani with different recipes but I was very happy with your recipe.It turned out excellent n now no more tryouts with other recipes.My family loved it n it made my day. Once again thx a lot.

    • thanks you pratik for this feedback. glad to know.

  16. Tried it n it was awesome5 stars

    • thankyou komal 🙂

  17. We tried this and it turned out wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us. Photographs are very helpful… 🙂5 stars

    • glad you liked the vegetable biryani thankyou so much 🙂

    • Its too delicious really…

      • thankyou roma 🙂

  18. Mam m microwave lene ki soch rhe hu usse lene ka fyda h ya nhi???its usful or not?

    • microwave is only good for reheating and cooking food in the microwave. baking ke liye OTG is best. microwave with convection mode main baking hota hain, but still i would suggest OTG or regular oven for baking cakes, cookies etc and not a microwave. aise bhi kahte hain ke microwave main khana pakana hanikarak hota hain.

  19. I usually make biryani in pressure cooker with all the stuff mixed.. Somewhat near to ‘tahri’… Traditionally made in bihar.
    I just wanted to try something different an I tried your recipe..
    And I was amazed!! Despite the fact that many ingredients were missing at my end, still it turned out to be very delicious…
    I love the aroma and the taste an so did my hubby
    I added a little pepper too in the veg layer
    Thanks a lot for all your recipes.. I am a regular follower of your site….5 stars

    • thanks shraddha for the positive review. glad to know. happy cooking 🙂

  20. Ma’m I love all of ur recipes. …They are easy to cook. With easily available ingredients. …..5 stars

    • thankyou so much Tajinder 🙂

  21. Amazing how this biryani turned out. Hubby said it tasted better than restaurant stuff. Your recipes are truly marvellous. Have tried a lot of them and they have never failed me. Thank you for sharing these lovely recipes.

    • welcome lopa. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on veg biryani.