vegetable biryani in pressure cooker | veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

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vegetable biryani recipe in pressure cooker with step by step photos and tips – sharing an easy and quick method of preparing delicious veg biryani in pressure cooker. no pre cooking of veggies and rice.

this vegetable biryani recipe is too good for a pressure cooked version and does not taste like a pulao. its not like you put everything in a cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles and call it a biryani recipe. this biryani has the flavors of an biryani and it taste awesome.

vegetable biryani in pressure cooker
  • so is it possible to make a layered veg biryani in pressure cooker?
  • one which does not taste like a pulao or a mish mash of spiced rice with veggies but comes very close to the taste of a biryani
  • and where you do not have to pre cook the rice or veggies and yet get a distinct flavorful biryani

yes it is possible. the recipe method i am sharing is a result of a lot of trials… lot of trials, i emphasize. the recipe posted here is too good and i have also adapted this veg biryani recipe to make:

basically when one is looking or searching for a pressure cooker veg biryani recipe, it means that the person wants to save time in making a biryani and yet make a really good flavorful recipe. making biryani takes time and what better than get a recipe which gives maximum taste with minimum work 🙂

i had got many requests for sharing a version of pressure cooker veg biryani recipe. i tried different ways of making vegetable biryani recipe in pressure cooker. with freshly ground biryani masala powder, with cooking the veggie gravy first and then adding rice and pressure cooking and so forth so on.

the end result would always be a spiced pulao. not a biryani but a tasty pulao. i did not want to share such a recipe method as i thought its not right for me to name it as a biryani because the taste and texture does not even come close to a biryani. so then began my next round of developing the pressure cooking biryani recipe. a recipe which comes close to the taste and texture of biryani. i was pleased that finally i made a pressure cooked biryani recipe, which has its flavor & tastes similar to a biryani and not a pulao.

while searching on the web, i discovered the OPOS (one pot one shot) method of cooking. i tried a couple of other recipes with this method and they worked very well for me. but when i tried the waterless veg biryani, the rice was under cooked. the OPOS waterless biryani had the same flavors that a biryani ideally has, but the raw uncooked rice let me down.

okay. so i thought it would be due to the quality of the organic rice i use. so i gave a try with a different brand of basmati rice. again the same issue. then again i tried with another type of rice. bummer… the same thing happening again and again. i followed the method to perfection at all times, but the under cooked rice would be an issue always. and if you are wondering, what i would do with the half cooked rice biryani. i would add some water and pressure cook. final result would be a pulao. thus no food wastage.

so i worked around this OPOS method and came to this fool proof recipe. food proof as i have tried it a couple of times and it has always given me excellent results. the only time taking part in the preparation – soaking of rice (30 mins), chopping veggies etc and frying the onions. the assembling is easy and the cooking is also easy. well a bit of effort in getting a flavorful biryani 🙂

in this vegetable biryani recipe in pressure cooker:

  • the veggies are not pre-cooked.
  • the rice is not pre-cooked.
  • there are layers made of the veggie mixture and rice.
  • and the biryani is made in a pressure cooker and cooked for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • fried onions (birista) are added to give that typical biryani flavor.

so basically you just need to saute the onions. you don’t need to saute or cook veggies or the rice. so half of the work is reduced.

the end result of this recipe tastes very close to the biryani which is dum cooked. not similar or exact, but close. so if you want an easy method, try this pressure cooker method. and if you want the real deal, then take some time out to make this authentic dum cooked veg biryaniyou can also check these traditional biryani recipes posted on blog:

for the veggie layer, you can use two main base ingredients – thick coconut milk or fresh curd. i have made this biryani with both of them. in the recipe post i am using coconut milk, but i have also shared a few pics of the veggie mixture with curd. like most mix veg recipes, even here you can use your choice of veggies. you can add nuts and dry fruits too. 

best is to use fresh coconut milk as otherwise the coconut milk can curdle while making the biryani. if you are using store brought one, then make sure the coconut milk is in its shelf period. the recipe i have followed is the way i make veg hyderabadi biryani recipe.

the biryani made with coconut milk will be rich, slightly sticky and greasy as you can see in the pics. the biryani made with curd will be not greasy and sticky.

pressure cooker biryani recipes

serve this easy pressure cooker vegetable biryani with your choice of raita, salad or a side gravy or curry.

you can also have a look at these recipes made in pressure cooker:

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  2. chocolate cake recipe in pressure cooker
  3. pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker
  4. pressure cooker cake recipe
  5. ladi pav recipe in pressure cooker
  6. south indian vegetable biryani recipe

pressure cooker vegetable biryani recipe below:

vegetable biryani in pressure cooker
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vegetable biryani recipe in pressure cooker

veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker - easy recipe method of a biryani made in pressure cooker. no pre cooking of veggies and rice.
course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 45 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 1 hour 5 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for rice marination:

  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice OR 200 grams basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt

veggie marination for biryani:

  • 1 cup curd (yogurt or dahi) OR 200 grams curd OR 1 cup thick coconut milk OR 250 ml thick coconut milk
  • 1 to 2 green chilies, chopped (hari mirch)
  • ½ tablespoon ginger-garlic paste OR 4 to 5 garlic and ¾ inch ginger - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 90 to 100 grams carrots OR 1 medium to large carrot OR ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 90 to 100 grams potatoes OR 3 small potatoes OR 2 medium potatoes OR ¾ to 1 cup chopped potatoes
  • 1 medium capsicum OR ½ cup chopped capsicum (shimla mirch)
  • cup green peas, fresh or frozen (matar)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 3 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • salt as required

for frying onions:

  • 3 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 165 to 175 grams onions OR 1 large onion, sliced OR 1 cup sliced onions

whole spices for vegetable biryani:

  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 3 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 2 single strands of mace (javitri)
  • ½ teaspoon shah jeera (caraway seeds)
  • 5 to 6 black peppers

for layering vegetable biryani:

  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • a generous pinch of saffron (kesar)
  • ½ inch ginger, julienne or chopped (adrak)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon kewra water or rose water
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water

how to make recipe

soaking and marinating rice for making veg biryani

  1. rinse rice in water many times, till you see the water clear of starch. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.
  2. after 30 minutes, strain the water very well from the rice.
  3. add 1 tsp of oil and salt to the rice.
  4. with a spoon or with your hands, mix the salt and oil very well with the rice grains. keep aside.

preparing the veggie mixture for veg biryani:

  1. when the rice is soaking, you can chop and prepare the veggie mixture.
  2. take 1 cup thick coconut milk in a pan or a large mixing bowl.
  3. add the chopped veggies and green peas. chop the veggies in small sizes so that they cook well.
  4. add ginger-garlic paste, green chilies and chopped coriander + mint leaves.
  5. add the spice powders - turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder. season with salt too.
  6. mix very well and keep aside. if you want, you can marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  7. with curd - take curd in a bowl and whisk till smooth.
  8. then add the spices, green chilies and ginger-garlic paste.
  9. add veggies, coriander + mint leaves and salt.
  10. mix very well and keep aside. you can even marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.

sauteing onions for veg biryani:

  1. next step is to heat a pressure cooker and add 3 tbsp oil. add all he whole spices mentioned above in the list. saute till they crackle and become fragrant.
  2. then add sliced onions.
  3. stir and begin to saute the onions on a low to medium flame.
  4. cooking onions does take some time, so add a pinch of salt to quicken the cooking process.
  5. continue to saute till the onions turn a light golden.
  6. when the onions become golden, switch off the flame.
  7. remove the cooker from the stove top burner and place it on the kitchen table top or slab.
  8. remove half of the fried onions in a plate. keep aside. some shahjeera will also come with the fried onions. but its fine. do not take the other whole spices. keep them in the cooker.

layering vegetable biryani:

  1. with a spoon, evenly spread the fried onions which are in the cooker.
  2. now with a spoon, pour the veggie mixture evenly.
  3. make an even layer of all the veggie mixture.
  4. next spread all the rice evenly on the veggie mixture layer.
  5. spread the fried onions which we kept aside evenly on the rice.
  6. add chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves and chopped ginger or ginger julienne.
  7. sprinkle saffron threads.
  8. now sprinkle rose water or kewra water evenly all over.
  9. now pour water along the sides of the cooker. don't add water in the center. 1.25 cups water will make the rice grains more soft.

pressure cooking vegetable biryani:

  1. cover the cooker with its lid and the vent weight/whistle attached to the lid.
  2. on a low flame cook the vegetable biryani for about 20 to 25 minutes. if the pressure cooker whistles, then its fine.

  3. once the pressure settles down, then open the lid and serve the pressure cooker vegetable biryani with your favorite raita, salad or a side gravy.

how to make vegetable biryani recipe in pressure cooker:

soaking and marinating rice:

1. rinse 1 cup of heaped basmati rice (200 grams) in water many times, till you see the water clear of starch. then soak the rice in enough water for 30 minutes.

rice for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

2. after 30 minutes, strain the water very well from the rice.

rice for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

3. pour 1 tsp of oil in the rice.

rice for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

4. add ½ tsp salt.

rice for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

5. with a spoon or with your hands, mix the salt and oil very well with the rice grains. keep aside.

rice for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

marinating veggies:

6. when the rice is soaking, you can chop and prepare the veggie mixture. take 1 cup thick coconut milk in a pan or a large mixing bowl.

veggie for preparing veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

7. add 1.5 to 2 cups of chopped mixed veggies. chop the veggies in small sizes so that they cook well.

veggies for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

8. add ½ tbsp ginger-garlic paste, 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, 3 tbsp chopped mint leaves.

veggies for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

9. add 1 to 2 green chilies (chopped) and spice powders – ½ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and ½ tsp garam masala powder (optional). season with salt as per taste.

spices for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

10. i forgot to add ⅓ cup green peas. so adding at this step.

veggies for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

11. mix very well and keep aside. if you want, you can even marinate for 15 to 30 minutes. check the taste and add more salt if required.

making veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

12. with curd – take curd in a bowl and whisk till smooth.

curd to prepare veg biryani recipe in cooker

13. then add the spice powders, chopped green chilies and ginger-garlic paste.

making veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

14. add veggies, coriander + mint leaves and salt.

veggies for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

15. mix very well. you can even marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.

making veg biryani recipe in cooker

sauteing spices and onions:

16. next step is to heat a 3 litre pressure cooker and add 3 tbsp oil. heat the oil and then add the whole spices and saute till they crackle and become fragrant.

spices to make veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

17. then add 1 cup thinly sliced onions.

making veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

18. stir and begin to saute the onions on a low to medium flame.

making veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

19. cooking onions does take some time, so add a pinch of salt to quicken the cooking process.

onions for making veg biryani recipe in cooker

20.first the onions will become light golden. continue to cook them further.

making veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

21. when the onions become golden, switch off the flame.

making veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

22. remove the cooker from the stove top burner and place it on the kitchen table top or slab.

preparing veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

23. remove half of the fried onions in a plate. keep aside. some shahjeera will also come with the fried onions. but its fine. do not take the other whole spices. keep them in the cooker.

preparing veg biryani recipe

assembling, layering and pressure cooking veg biryani:

24. with a spoon, evenly spread the fried onions which are in the cooker.

making veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

25. now with a spoon, pour the veggie mixture evenly.

making veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

26. make an even layer of all the veggie mixture.

veggie mixture to make veg biryani recipe

27. next spread all the rice evenly on the veggie mixture layer.

rice layer for veg biryani recipe

28. add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, 2 tbsp mint leaves and chopped ginger or ginger julienne evenly all over the rice. at this step add the fried onions also on the layer. i forgot to add and thus used them as a garnish later. you can also dot the rice with some a few teaspoons of oil or ghee if you want.

ghee to make veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

29. sprinkle a generous pinch of saffron strands all over.

making veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

30. now sprinkle 1 to 2 tsp rose water or kewra water evenly all over.

making veg biryani recipe

31. now pour 1 to 1.25 cups water gently all around along the sides of the cooker. don’t add water in the center. 1.25 cups water will make the rice grains more soft.

water for veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

32. cover the cooker with its lid with the vent weight/whistle attached to the lid. on a low flame cook the vegetable biryani in pressure cooker for about 20 to 25 minutes. if the pressure cooker whistles, then its fine.

making veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

33. once the pressure settles down, then open the lid.

veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

34. garnish with the remaining fried onions and serve pressure cooker vegetable biryani with your favorite raita, salad or a side gravy like biryani shorba or mirchi ka salan.

veg biryani in pressure cooker recipe

About

dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



168 thoughts on “vegetable biryani in pressure cooker | veg biryani recipe in pressure cooker

  1. I tried this out just now with curds and normal rice instead of basmati rice..came out well.. not radically different from pulav.. but not the same either. Thanks for sharing.

    • thanks vidya. yes its not very different from pulao but not same either. welcome.

  2. One doubt..while serving the biryani we have to mix all the layers or just serve as it is and after removing the onions more oil should be added???

    • mamta, while serving any dum cooked biryani, serve an equal portion of the layers. no need to mix. in this pressure cooker veg biryani recipe no need to add more oil after removing the onions.

  3. Thanks a lot for your wonderful recipes. I have tried Veg dum biriyani some days back and came out too good. Now with this pressure cooker recipe I can make my husband’s favourite dish much more often..

    • Welcome Sowmya. Glad to know that you liked the biryani recipes. This one is easier and taste good. but for special occasion hyderabadi veg biryani is best.

  4. I followed this biryani recipe and the end product turned out exactly as shown in the pic. Myself and my family simply loved it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Amitji

    • Welcome Aarthy. Glad to know that everyone liked this vegetable biryani recipe.

  5. Tried it, finally a reason to dust off the pressure cooker. All went well, no explosions 😉 was very tasty, my wife was very happy. Thank you. I love your blog, and return frequently to it.

    • thanks marko for sharing your experience. welcome and do try the other recipes as well.

  6. Fantastic way of making servings / portions a variable! Loved it and of course your lip smacking recipe and elegant presentation! 🙂

    • Thanks VK for your positive words.

  7. Hi Dassana
    I am a fan of u.Following u whenever i need to surprice my family .Ur veg biriyani recipe i tried and came out very well .Thank u for sharing such awesome recipes.expecting a lot more from u.Best of luck to u.
    Just a doubt in layaring if the rice layered first and then veggies…what diffrence it will make ?

    • thanks a lot sunitha for this comment and your kind wishes. if rice is layered first, then there are chances of getting it stuck or browned or burnt at the bottom.

  8. I have tried the pressure cooker veg biryani recipe.very easy.excellent taste.I also added soya chunks & cubes of paneer.enjoyed the dish a lot.thnq.

    • Welcome Pruthvi. Nice to know this. Thanks for sharing the variation you did to the veg biryani recipe.

  9. Hello! Thanks for this awesomely easy recipe! I am going to try it out tomorrow but I need to make it for a larger crowd – maybe 3 cups of rice… would you increase the water, coconut milk and the spices by the same proportion? Look forward to tasting it!

    • gayathri, increase all the ingredients proportionately. happy cooking and hope the veg biryani recipe turns out good for you.

  10. Superb….I tried this easy pressure cooker veg biryani, very easy method and it turned out awesome, all thanks to you I got a lot of praises for my cooking from my husband n daughter 🍫🍫🙏🏻……thankyou vry much for sharing this easy method, ekdum perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch, just assemble all the ingredients a day ahead n voila…just an hour ahead of lunch, just layer them in a pressure cooker, wait for 20mins n it’s done.
    I have tried a number of your recipes n simply loved cooking all of them.
    But I would like to mention, in the ingredients section, you have not mentioned BAY LEAVES, but the images show that you have used Bay leaves!!!
    Can you pls explain about the different whole Garam masalas used in different dishes for beginners like me n if not available wat could b replaced???
    Thanks once again….

    • thank you sheena. agree for a lazy weekend lunch this recipe of veg biryani in pressure cooker is an easy option. i will update about the bay leaf. looks like i missed writing it in the recipe card.

      nothing can be replaced with most of the spices that form a part of whole garam masala. a few substitutes are there for some spices. eg for shahi jeera you can use jeera. not exactly a substitute as the flavors with jeera will be different but can be replaced. all spice (kabab chini) can be used instead of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. 1 to 2 all spice is what needs to be added for a recipe having serving of 3 to 4 people. hope this helps.

  11. Very awesome recipe, cooked it, loved it, couldnt get enough of it and I never even likex biryani before …..Thanks so much…

    • Welcome PRIYANKA. Glad to know that you liked this veg biryani recipe made in pressure cooker. do give a try to hyderabadi veg biryani recipe also. its a gem.

  12. Awesome. Refined taste and came out exactly how it looks in the recipe.

    • thanks sandhya for your positive feedback on biryani recipe.

  13. Just awesome. A refined taste and came out exactly as it is in the recipe.

    • thanks sandhya 🙂

  14. Thanks for the recipe. I am planning to give it a whirl sometime soon.

    One question though, while mixing the oil and salt as mentioned in (steps 3 & 4), would not it break the rice?

    • welcome. it does not break rice if you mix gently.

  15. Hey dassana.
    I tried this recipe and it turned out so yummy and very easy to cook and less time consuming. Thank you so much.

    • Welcome Hemapatel. Glad to know that you liked the veg biryani recipe.

  16. Thank you soo much Dasanna. I prepared pressure cooker veg biryani according to the instrutions given by u and it turned out to be awesome. Kids and my husband loved it a lot. They have told me to give it in their tiffins also. Thankyou once again.

    • thanks you deepa for the lovely feedback on veg biryani recipe. glad that your family liked the biryani and they have asked it in their tiffin too. to make things easy, you can chop the veggies a night before or of using curd, marinate everything and keep in the fridge. onions can also be fried a night before and kept in the fridge. next morning, you just need to layer and then pressure cook.

  17. Dear Dassana,
    I have tried this recipe and it came out very well.. actually, I had given up making biryanis as the rice is always undercooked or is becoming mushy. But this one turned out really well. But, I have a doubt. Can I pack this for lunch box? Or will it become sticky after remaining for such a long time? My daughter does not like her rice sticky.. so i am asking. Pls clarify. Thank you very much

    • Thanks Renuka. Yes you can pack this veg biryani for lunch box. It won’t become sticky. Just use a good quality of basmati rice which does not become sticky on cooking.

  18. Dear dassana…i had prepared your pander biryani two days back. Its perfect…thank you for the recipe…one doubt….here frying onions take some time..can I fry n keep onions overnight ….chopped veggies masala in curds …in fridge..so that morning I can prepare ..

    • thanks shubha. you can fry the onions a day before and refrigerate it. also the marinated veggie and curd mixture can be kept in the fridge.

      • Thank you ….Forgot to ask about rice dassana. Can it b soaked n put oil n salt in fridge..or else if I want to prepare pulav can I just cook in low flame for 25 min..it may sound u silly…but u have made lot of trials..so pl suggest..

        • shubha, soak the rice for 30 minutes at room temp. drain all the water. drain water very well. then add salt and oil and mix well. then cover the bowl and keep the rice in the fridge. do drain water well as if even some water is left, it will settle down at the bottom of the rice grains and can start smelling.

          for pulao, yes you can cook for 25 minutes but only in a pressure cooker. but add enough water. meaning in pulao, we sauté the veggies for 1 to 2 minutes and then add water. so for 1 cup of rice you can add 1.75 to 2 cups of water. in a pot, the rice can get burned from bottom.

  19. Hi dassana,
    Ever since I got married late last year, I have been struggling to prepare something new everyday. And since I cannot go back to my mother or mother in law every minute, I reached the internet. And there, I find you.
    Starting from breakfast, I followed your recipes to every detail. Today, I did take a risk by trying to surprise my husband with some biryani. Never could I imagine I can be such a good cook.
    I felt like a chef, only because of your step wise image based recipe.
    This website is my internet mother and I can’t thank enough.

    Well, pressure cooker biryani is no doubt one of the best recipes I have tried till date. Thanks a lot.

    Love, Divya.

    • Welcome Divya. Glad to read your positive feedback. It made us feel good that stepwise recipes presentation is helping in cooking good food at home. do try some more recipes.

  20. Dear Dassanaji,
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I tried it and it was a super duper hit. In fact I have tried many of your recipes like palak pulav, tawa paneer, chole bhature, n many more and your recipes always turn out really well.
    I was someone who some years back could not do even basic cooking. I tried learning through mum n papa who themselves can cook very well but it did not work with me as they cook based on their judgment. When I moved out from home for study n work, I had to learn cooking after getting bored with cooks n tiffin centres. And to my joy, I found your website. You make cooking fun n enriching experience. Your recipes are very well written and every little trick is explained. Thank you so much for spreading the joy.

    Best,
    Varsha
    (England)

    • thanks a lot varsha for this beautiful and lovely comment. i can relate to you as i know how boring it becomes if one has to eat outside food everyday. when i stayed outside my home, even though i knew cooking, but sometimes due to time and job constraints i could not cook at home. but yes there is a joy in cooking your food and it is creative too.

      thanks again and wish you all the best in your life.

  21. Hi .. tried briyani today .. was very nice n yummy 🙂

    • Thanks Viji

  22. Hi I tried it today n it’s exceptional. Thanks a lot for such a nice recipe

    • thanks pushpa for this nice feedback on the recipe.

  23. Dear Ms. Dassana,

    I cannot tell you how much your recipes have changed my life. I got into the kitchen and started cooking very recently and I didn’t know anything. Your site has helped me so much and this recipe was a BIG success. I used coconut milk instead of curd. This is the easiest biriyani recipe I’ve ever seen and told my mom and my friends about it. Thank you very much for this recipe ma’am. Have a blessed and wonderful year ahead.

    • thank you sharon for this lovely comment. i agree this is one easy veg biryani recipe. both curd and coconut milk can be used as i prepare it with both. wish you too a happy new year.

  24. Hey !

    Thank you for such a wonderful recipe. Tried it today and everyone at home loved it. Great recipe.

    • thanks a lot pranusha. glad to know that everyone at your place liked this pressure cooker veg biryani.

  25. If I have to make it without soaking the rice then how much water I will add to one cup of rice

    • swa, you can add 1.5 cups water.

  26. Hi Dassana,

    All your recipes I tried are wonderful and this too; I made it tonight and we really liked it.
    I have a question though–why use whole spices? Some of the flavor remains inside the spices and then if you accidentally chew on one of them it’s too much. Wouldn’t it be better to grind or at least roughly chop them?
    Thanks!!

    Marta

    • thanks for the feedback marta. in biryani, whole spices are added. that makes the gravy flavorful. while sauteing the fragrant oils from the spices, get infused in the oil. if you want, you can powder them also and then add. but if powdering, then reduce all the spices to half and then powder. you can use a small coffee grinder to grind the spices.

  27. Hi dassana – Please make sure me how much of water needs to be added while cooking biriyani. (not for soaking)

    • anjana, its mentioned under ‘layering’. use 1 to 1.25 cups water for cooking biryani in pressure cooker.

  28. i have tried this today with the curd and it tasted absolutely fantastic. Couldnt get enough of it!!! yumyumyum

    • Thanks HIBAM for sharing positive feedback on veg biryani. Glad to know that you liked the biryani recipe made in pressure cooker.

  29. This is really looking great. I am sure you are a great chef. Thanks for this recipe and I will make this tonight.

    • thank you akhil 🙂 surely try and you are welcome.

  30. I love Indian food.Recipes are very well explained here. Congrats from Brazil.

    • thank you diego your appreciation means a lot to us 🙂

  31. I just made this recipe for my mother and she LOVED it. I am a beginner and I rarely cook (plus, I don’t really know how to cook). So, thank you so much. It was priceless to see that smile on her face. 🙂

    • thank you much anisha. beautiful comment from you 🙂 and felt really good reading it.

  32. its just amazing thank u soo much

    • welcome maryam 🙂

  33. I tried this out last Thursday for my vegetarian friends and we absolutely loved it. Everything was perfect. The best vegetable biryani I have tasted in my life. Thank you so much.

    • thanks a lot elaine for this positive feedback.

  34. dassana amit ji kya ham isma other dry fruits dal sakta h

    • yes dry fruits dal sajke hain.

  35. easy recipe. I never thought that preparing biryani is so easy. Thanks.

    • welcome vasanthi

  36. Awesome Taste! I did follow the same instruction how it is been explained and the biryani was just amazing, Everyone loved the taste..
    Thanks a lot for such beautiful recipe !

    • welcome and thankyou seema 🙂

  37. loved by my family..
    thanx for posting..

  38. Thank you so much for this recipe…

  39. I have modified this and use it in electrical rice cooker.. perfect result every single time!! you are amazing:)

    • thankyou divi.

    • How did you modify for an electric cooker?

  40. Hey…… Not a fan of online recepies…. But tried this one and it really rocks….. Thanks a lot

    • pleased to know thankyou sneha 🙂

  41. Please post mexican tachos or nachos recipe wid step by step photos ur evry dish is yummy nd dis one taste awesome

    • thanks pooja. will try to add.

  42. Excellent recipes no words to explain

    • thankyou so much nithya 🙂

  43. Just to say I made this biryani in a rice cooker, not pressure cooker, as my pressure cooker is tiny.

    It came out perfect.

    Thank you for a fuss-free and quick recipe!

    • welcome mala. thanks for sharing this positive feedback. i am sure it will help other readers also, who wants to make veg biryani in rice cooker.

  44. Hello Madam.

    Your this website has variety of delicious food recipes with such a deep instructions. Really amazing. All recipes photos are mouthwatering.

    Mam can you please suggest which Basmati Rice Grain are very long and have good aroma? Can you please suggest us your favorite Basmati Rice which you use in your every recipe of rice?

    • gurnamsingh thanks for your positive feedback on website. i use dehradun rice. but the one i purchase is not branded. secondly, i find india gate basmati rice classic brand good.

  45. Superbb taste.. This is the first time I am posting a comment for a recipe. I love ur blog and the recipes u post… I hv tried many of ur recipes… Today i tried this one. It came out so well. Me and my partner loved it. Few days back i tried chicken biryani from a different blog. Was not happy with the result… Bt this one, thumbs up… Thanks a lot.

    • thanks simmy for taking the time to comment. glad to read your comment and also for the positive feedback on the pressure cooker biryani 🙂

  46. Thank u so much for such a useful n easy n tasty recepies . they are so good. I have tried many of your recipes n they came out so well. Will surely try this one.

    • glad you liked the veg biryani recipe pleased to know this thankyou for your kind and positive words.

  47. I am on vegetable juice diet since last four days and it was supposed to last for 10 days, not sure what will happen tonight after reading such a positive feedback about your recipes 🙂

    • thankyou for such a sweet comment and appreciation. god bless you 🙂

  48. Best biryani recipe, loved it, was very easy to cook n tasted delicious:)

    • thankyou so much archana pleased to know this 🙂

  49. Hi àmit
    Can i use sour yogurt.plz suggest me…..

    • sour yogurt, will make the biryani taste ‘khaata’ or sour. if you are okay with the taste, then you can add sour yogurt.

  50. Hi,

    It came out nicely. never tried dum method.

    • thanks sreedevi 🙂

  51. I read nishamadhulika’s blog.but after reading this post my doubt is clear.that is how to make veg biryani in pressure cooker.
    thank u so much …
    and its very very very yummy….

    • welcome preety and thanks for the feedback.

  52. Hi amit

    Rice came out really very well.can we try this with non veg as well.

    • sure pooja and thankyou.

  53. Hello mam
    Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. I tried yesterday with coconut milk. It came out very delicious. But I didn’t put kewra or rose water. All the family members enjoyed a lot. I tried one more breakfast recipe instant rava dosa. That also came out very nice. It’s very easy to follow step by step procedure. I’ll try more recipes.

    • thanks vani for letting me know about that both the recipes were good. for the biryani, rose or kewra water can be skipped if you do not have them.

  54. Hello Mam

    Thanks a lot to u and ur hubby for making this website so easy n informative about the cooking process. I have been referring ur website from quite sometime n all have turned out to b good enough but this PRESSURE COOKER BIRYANI needs an extra THANKS. it came out so delicious, such a nice aroma while the pressure was settling down made everyone at home tempt for the dish n it was so tasty that I had to cook it again next day for some more extra members on my hubby’s recommendation. If one follows all ur steps n measurement properly they could actually match the final pic of the dish as made by u. Mam really a heartfelt thanks to u

    • very pleased to know this navya thankyou so much for your positive, kind and humble words. you are welcome and you have touched my heart god bless you.

  55. Tried this recipe today and its came out very delicious..and very quick ,thanx a lots for awesome biryani recipe..

    • our pleasure simshika and thankyou for your positive words glad you liked the veg biryani.

  56. Sorry sis it takes 5 stars by mistake it pressed post comment…

    • ok no problems

  57. Hi sis I tried biryani today with curd and it turned out very delicious. .everyone enjoyed alot..thanx a lot for sharing this recipe ..

    • pleased to know this thankyou tejaswini 🙂

  58. Tried out this recipe …. Came out really nice. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • welcome and thankyou rekha 🙂

  59. Hey Mam,
    Can we use cooking cream insted of the curd/coconut milk in this recipe?

    • so much of cream cannot be added in this recipe. but you can use tomato puree instead. if you use tomato puree, then you can add 2 to 3 tbsp of cream. use 1 cup of tomato puree. but do make sure that the tomatoes you use for the puree are not sour.

  60. This looks wonderful and I’d love to try it. What are you using for capsicum? Chiles are listed above, so are you just using sweet peppers here, or more chile peppers?

    • these are chili peppers which are medium hot. apart from these chilli peppers you can use bell peppers or sweet peppers of your choice.

      • Ok, so you are adding more medium chile peppers where you list capsicum. Right?

        • no. capsicum is added along with 1 to 2 medium chili peppers. here we call them as green chilies. however, you can skip adding the green chili peppers if you do not have them.

  61. I made it 3 days ago and I must say is a hit.
    Healthier (no pre frying veg needed) and faster (pressure cooker) way will help to do it much often now.
    I changed the recipe slightly as my husband is mauritian and that’s only one Biryani I know lol
    As well didn’t have everything on the list so simply used alpro soya cream and added a bit of shredded prepacked coconut fotki the taste.
    Rice came a bit to soft for us even I used less liquid but next time I know what to do to get it perfectly.
    And thank you, a big thank you for this recipe. It is very difficult to find something good amongst many average recipes.
    P.s. made mint Raita using alpro soya natural yoghurt (it has slightly almondish taste) dry mint (it think is better than with fresh) salt and cucumber
    It’s a shame I can’t add my pictures of biryani

    • thank you nuch agnieszka. good to know that the variations worked well for you. i have heard about the mauritian biryani. need to give it a try. we have not enabled the uploading pics in the comments as this feature takes a lot of time to load and slows down the page. so to keep the website running at a good speed, we have to let go of some features which are good.

  62. Very nice recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe.

    • thankyou archana 🙂 and you are welcome.

  63. Hi
    Am a big fan of veg biryani n tried many times n it was nt THAT good, so left trying n started buying ;D
    I really wanna try this , how if I cook it in rice cooker with everything remain same ?
    Can’t wait to try !!!!

    • the recipe method remains the same. just saute the onions in a pan. then remove half of the fried onions for layering. in a rice cooker, layer the remaining half of the onions along with the sauteed whole spices. then follow the steps as mentioned in the recipe. in the rice cooker, you will need to add more water. this has been my experience with the rice cooker i have. i always add 1/2 cup more of water. so for 1 cup of pre soaked rice i add 2.5 cups of water. so for this recipe, you can add 1 to 1.5 cups of water, depending on the rice cooker you have. basically the ratio for this biryani is 1 cup of curd or coconut milk + 1 cup of water.

  64. Tried biryani today with curd and it turned out very delicious. .everyone enjoyed alot..thanx a lot for sharing this recipe ..

    • thanks for the positive feedback kajal.

  65. Tried this with curd fr my hubby ‘s b’day yesterday,it wz out of the world & everyone in my family loved it.. I always follow your recepies.. This one is so easy and v.delicious.. Thank you for such wonderful recepies. ? ?

    • very pleased to know this wish belated happy birthday on our behalf to your hubby 🙂 thankyou for your kind words and you are welcome.

  66. Hats off. Just finished making the biryani along with the daal in your recipe. I made it on stove top iron pan. Followed rest of the steps. Used yogurt for marinade.

    I could sell this as a restaurant Biryani. It came out superb. Followed all your steps. Your veg korma recipe was brilliant . Thank you for detailed steps along with the pictures. Every dish has turned out great. I have made a lot of dishes from your recipes.

    Keep it going.

    • pleased to know this thankyou for your kind words Ratna 🙂 glad you liked so many dishes your feedback is important to us. god bless you.

  67. I used soya chunks along with the veggies which gave a non veg look .

  68. Thanks ton for this recipe. Having been a fan of your site . Never complimented or commented sorry .but this quick and tasty recipe deserve a standing ovation

    • nupur, we have received some comments from you before 🙂

      thank you very much. pleased and glad 🙂

  69. Can I use tomatoes and corn also in this dish???????

    • yes tarun, you can add tomatoes and corn.

  70. I tried with curd.actually I had bought new pressure cooker and was finding the recipe ..u made it easy.
    Thanks again

    • pleased to know you liked the veg biryani in pressure cooker. you are welcome and thankyou rashmi 🙂

  71. Tried this today it was out of the world.just awesome.
    Thanku so much

    • welcome always rashmi and thankyou for your kind words 🙂

  72. Hi Dasana

    Lovely recipe with pics. However i always have problems when i make biryanis or pulao in a cooker. Either they are under done or overcooked. Latter is unpalatable.
    I always do it in a wide non-stick vessel and get the perfect texture. But it takes time and a lot of monitoring.

    I have a 4.5L Prestige cooker. I normally keep it on the medium burner on sim and let 2 whistles go by…i use 1:2 for Sona masuri rice and a little less than 2 for Basmati.
    Where am i going wrong. I seem to be the only odd one who cannot do it in a cooker.
    BTW, i never cook rice in a cooker, its cooked open with the water drained…prefer it that way..But Biryani is easier in a cooker especially on school days 🙂

    • thanks meena. the more larger the cooker, the less time you need to cook. smaller size, more time. when i use 3 litre cooker, i pressure cook for 1 to 2 whistles and for 2 litres its 2 to 3 whistles. on sim, you can just cook for 1 whistle for a 4.5 litre cooker. 2 whistles will make the rice mushy. i usually cook on medium to high flame. the water proportions are fine. even i use the same. hope this bit of suggestions help.

  73. Hats off to you beautiful receipe

    • thank you urmila.

  74. Very nice method

    • thanks ramalakshmi.

  75. Have been waiting for just something like this! Can’t wait to try 🙂 looks delicious

    • thanks ananya and do try.

  76. Sorry not carrot muffins.it was apple cake I did muffins.

    • okay fine 🙂

  77. its realy easy method. Thanks Dear. I always following ur post.

    • thank you nalini.

  78. Hmm.. Just perfect n so simple… U are a genius.. Thanks a lot .. Can’t tell in words .. Just admires your every dish.. Will try soon..

    • thank you much ashwini 🙂

  79. I follow all your receipes. Thankyou

    • thanks and welcome varsha.

  80. No words to say ! Superb recipe…definitely going to give it a try

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

  81. Hats off to u for posting such a wonderful recipe which has been personal favorite since ages. Hats off to ur hard wrk. Best dinner anyone can ever ask for

    • thank you very much riya. am pleased as a punch 🙂

      • You are a genius, Dassana. I have tried so many recipes for Briyani, but yours was the best. The flavour was awesome. The wetness was there and it didn’t dry out. I am just a month delayed in posting this recipe :-), yet I can taste the flavour of the biryani. Best that I have made. I am a huge fan now and want to try your other recipes.

        • Thanks G Bala for your kind words. Glad to know that you liked the biryani recipe. do try some more recipes.

          • This is such and out of the world recipe and my saviour. Being a veggie wife make this for my nonveg husband whenever he craves for biryani. Just Wow!!!

            • Thanks Gowri for your positive feedback. Glad to know that biryani recipe is helping you.

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