February 20, 2017

Hyderabad Veg Dum Biryani

Hyderabad Dum Biryani loaded with the flavour of aromatic spices, goodness of veggies and inviting colour make this a rich meal for any special occasion. Here is the simple and step by step recipe for this special Hyderabad Veg Dum Biryani...

  • Pre time: 15 mins
  • Cooking time: 40 mins
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients needed for Hyderabad Veg Dum Biryani:

  • Thinly siced Onions from 4 onions
  • Slitted green chillies 2
  • Chopped veggies from Carrot, Beans, Potato, Cauliflower
  • Hand ful of coriander and mint leaves cleaned well
  • Cloves 6 to 8
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Cinnamon stick  2 inch size
  • Green cardamom 2
  • Star aniseed 1 
  • Maze two strings
  • Garlic ginger paste 3 tea spoons
  • Red chilli powder 1 and 1/2 tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tea spoon
Other Ingredients:
  • Basmathi rice 300 gms (2 cups)
  • Thick fresh curd 100 ml
  • Oil and butter 2 table spoons each
  • Saffron 5 to 6 strings soaked in 50 ml warm milk
  • Salt to taste

How to make Hyderabad Veg Dum Biryani?

Step 1
Wash the rice and keep it aside.
Heat a pan with 1 table spoon of butter.
Add the bay leaves and half of the quantity of the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom,aniseed and mace mentioned above.
 After few stirs pour 6 cups of water and some salt.
When the water boils well, add the washed and drained basmathi rice in to the pan.
Allow it to boil till it gets cooked 50% (say for just 5 minutes)
Now Pour the stuff in to a colander and drain all the excess water out.
Keep the partially cooked rice aside.

Step 2
Heat the pan with remaining ghee and oil.
Put a tea spoon of cumin seeds and Add the left over spices of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, mace and star aniseed.
Fry the onions till it becomes golden brown.
 Add the ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, green chillies, red chilli powder and salt.
Remember already some salt is added with the rice. So add required salt.
Fry well.
Add the chopped veggies to it, give few stirs and add the curd too.
Let them all get blended well with the spices and get cooked.

Once the veggies are half cooked switch off  the stove.
Transfer these stuff to a bowl and keep aside.
Step 3:
When you start making the step 2 in another stove heat a heavy iron cast dosa tawa.
Let it get heated.
In a broad pan add 1/3 of the prepared veggies.
 On that make a layer of rice by adding 1/3 of the boiled rice. Garnish some chopped coriander and mint leaves.
Pour two tb spoons of saffron milk on it.
Form another 1/3 of veggies, then rice, chopped leaves  and add saffron milk.
Repeat the process for the rest too.
Let the top most layer be the rice.

 Cover the pan with a clean white moist cloth.
Place a tight lid on the coth.
Place some heavy object on the lid so that there is no any gap between the pan and the lid.
Place the pan now on the tawa.
Let it get cooked atleast for 20 minutes.
Switch off the stove after 20 minutes.
Allow the resting time for 15 more minutes.
Now open the lid, remove the cloth.
You will get fantastic aromatic flavour.
Add some roasted dry fruits and nuts,
Gently stir the stuff.
No need to stir well.
Serve hot.