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south indian veg biryani recipe - aromatic and spiced south indian style veg biryani made in pressure cooker

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50minutes

south indian vegetable biryani recipe made in pressure cooker – spiced one pot recipe of south indian style veg biryani made in pressure cooker with step by step photos.

south indian vegetable biryani recipe

sharing one more recipe request. a version of an easy south indian vegetable biryani recipe in pressure cooker was requested by a few readers. south india has its own variety of biryani recipes using broadly two methods – one method is of layering and dum cooking like the way its done for traditional biryani. the second method is of a one pot cooking without any layering.

this recipe variation of the biryani follows the method of cooking in a pot or pan. just that instead of a pan, a pressure cooker is used to cook. that said, you can even make this biryani in a pan instead of pressure cooker. by now i have shared around 16 veg recipes made in pressure cooker like:

  1. pressure cooker cake recipe
  2. vegetable biryani in pressure cooker
  3. paneer biryani in pressure cooker
  4. mushroom biryani in pressure cooker

this is a slightly spicy vegetable biryani. for a more spicy version, you can add more green chilies and red chilli powder. in south indian biryani varities, seeraga samba rice is used. seeraaga samba rice is a small grained rice and aromatic. the grains resemble cumin seeds and hence the name seeraga or jeeraga samba or jeera samba rice. jeera is known as seeragam in tamil language.

i personally prefer to use this rice in some biryani recipes as well as pulao as they do not become sticky and have a different taste. basmati rice can also be used to make this biryani since seeraga samba rice will not be easily available in other parts of india.

while making south indian versions of biryani, i generally prefer to grind all the ingredients rather than saute everything separately. so this makes for an easier method of cooking biryani in pressure cooker and tastes good too.

you can serve south indian style vegetable biryani with raita or a side salad or pickle.

if you are looking for more veg biryani varieties then do check:

  1. gobi biryani
  2. kuska biryani
  3. paneer biryani
  4. hyderabadi vegetable biryani recipe
  5. restaurant style vegetable dum biryani recipe
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south indian vegetable biryani recipe

south indian veg biryani recipe - aromatic and spiced south indian style veg biryani made in pressure cooker
course main course
cuisine south indian, tamil nadu
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 50 minutes
servings 4
rough calories per serving 507 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for vegetable biryani

  • 1.5 cups seeraga samba rice OR 300 grams seeraga samba rice
  • 3 cups chopped mixed vegetables - like cauliflower (gobi), carrot, potato, french beans, capsicum (shimla mirch), mushrooms, baby corn
  • cup green peas (matar)
  • 4 tablespoons oil, can also use ghee
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves OR 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder OR ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 2.75 to 3 cups water
  • salt as required

for masala paste

  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 3 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 small piece of stone flower (dagad phool) - OPTIONAL
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppers (sabut kali mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • 1.25 cups roughly chopped onions OR 2 medium to large onions, roughly chopped OR 130 grams chopped onions
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped tomatoes OR 1 large tomato, roughly chopped OR 100 grams roughly chopped tomato
  • ½ tablespoon roughly chopped ginger (adrak)
  • ½ tablespoon roughly chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • ½ tablespoon roughly chopped green chillies (hari mirch)
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 3 tablespoons mint leaves (pudina patta)

how to make south indian vegetable biryani recipe

preparation for south indian vegetable biryani

  1. rinse a couple of times and then soak 1.5 cups seeraga samba rice OR 300 grams seeraga samba rice in enough water for 30 minutes.

  2. meanwhile in a grinder jar, take all spices. 

  3. add roughly chopped onions, roughly chopped tomatoes, chopped ginger, chopped garlic, chopped green chillies, roughly chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves.

  4. without adding any water, grind to a smooth paste. keep aside. 

  5. also chop all the veggies and keep aside. you will need 3 cups chopped mixed vegetables. you can use veggies like cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, french beans, capsicum, mushrooms, baby corn.

making south indian vegetable biryani

  1. heat 4 tablespoons oil in a 3 litre pressure cooker. you can also use ghee instead of oil. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and let them splutter.

  2. then add 10 to 12 curry leaves and stir.

  3. add the ground masala paste. the mixture might splutter, so be careful while adding.

  4. stir very well and sauté the masala on low flame till you see oil releasing from the sides. stir often while sautéing the masala.

  5. then add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) and 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder. if not using kashmiri red chilli powder, then add ½ teaspoon red chilli powder.

  6. mix both these spice powders very well.

  7. now add the chopped mix veggies. also add ⅓ cup of green peas.

  8. mix the veggies with the masala and sauté for a minute.

  9. add the soaked rice and gently mix the rice with the veggies.

  10. add 2.75 to 3 cups water. if using basmati rice, then depending on the quality of rice, you can add 2.5 to 2.75 cups rice.

  11. then add 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

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

  13. pressure cook vegetable biryani for 2 to 3 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes on medium flame.

  14. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. fluff the vegetable biryani and then serve.

  15. serve south indian vegetable biryani made in pressure cooker with raita or salad or pickle.

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preparation to make south indian vegetable biryani

1. rinse a couple of times and then soak 1.5 cups seeraga samba rice OR 300 grams seeraga samba rice in enough water for 30 minutes.

cooking vegetable biryani recipe

2. meanwhile in a grinder jar, take the following spices – 1 inch cinnamon, 3 green cardamoms, 3 cloves, 1 small piece of stone flower (optional), ¼ teaspoon whole black pepper, ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf) and 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania).

cooking vegetable biryani recipe

3. add 1.25 cups roughly chopped onions, ¾ cup roughly chopped tomatoes, ½ tablespoon roughly chopped ginger, ½ tablespoon roughly chopped garlic, ½ tablespoon roughly chopped green chillies, 3 tablespoon roughly chopped coriander leaves and 3 tablespoon mint leaves.

cooking vegetable biryani recipe

4. without adding any water, grind to a smooth paste. keep aside. also chop all the veggies and keep aside. you will need 3 cups chopped mixed vegetables. you can use veggies like cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, french beans, capsicum, mushrooms, baby corn.

cooking vegetable biryani recipe

making south indian veg biryani

5. heat 4 tablespoon oil in a 3 litre pressure cooker. you can also use ghee instead of oil. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and let them splutter.

making vegetable biryani recipe

6. then add 10 to 12 curry leaves and stir.

making vegetable biryani recipe

7. add the ground masala paste. the mixture might splutter, so be careful while adding.

making vegetable biryani recipe

8. stir very well and sauté the masala on low flame till you see oil releasing from the sides. stir often while sautéing the masala.

making vegetable biryani recipe

9. sauteing masala will take about 9 to 11 minutes on a low to medium flame. the masala has to be cooked well before you proceed to the next step.

making vegetable biryani recipe

10. then add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) and 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder. if not using kashmiri red chilli powder, then add ½ teaspoon red chilli powder.

making vegetable biryani recipe

11. mix both these spice powders very well.

making vegetable biryani recipe

12. now add the chopped mix veggies. also add ⅓ cup of green peas.

making vegetable biryani recipe

13. mix the veggies with the masala and sauté for a minute.

making vegetable biryani recipe

14. add the soaked rice.

making vegetable biryani recipe

15. mix the rice with the veggies.

making vegetable biryani recipe

16. add 2.75 to 3 cups water. if using basmati rice, then depending on the quality of rice, you can add 2.5 to 2.75 cups rice.

making vegetable biryani recipe

17. then add 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

making vegetable biryani recipe

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

making vegetable biryani recipe

19. pressure cook vegetable biryani for 2 to 3 whistles or for 9 to 10 minutes on medium flame. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. fluff the vegetable biryani and then serve.

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20. serve south indian vegetable biryani with raita or salad or pickle.

vegetable biryani recipe in cooker, south indian vegetable 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 greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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10 comments/reviews

  1. Shall i add coconut along with Ginger & garlic ground paste

    Thank u

    • yes you can add some coconut. grind the coconut along with the tomatoes, ginger, garlic etc.

  2. Tried dis.. came out gud dear .. Thanks a lot! I always believe in u n just do it.. no need to experiment first.. 🙂

    • welcome pooni. thanks for your positive feedback and for your trust.

  3. Can we use basmati rice

    • Deepak, yes you can use basmati rice.

  4. Ultimate dish !!!

    • Thanks Vibha

  5. hi dassana! thank you for sharing this recipe.this is a wonderful one pot meal recipe.
    easy to prepare & flavoursome too.just bought seeraaga samba rice & looking forward to prepare other flavourful south indian biryanis from your website.

    • welcome meveera. try using seeraga samba rice in pulaos also. they rice grains have a different taste and flavor. sure do try the other biryani recipes and do let me know how they turn for you.

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