Friday, 17 March 2006

A Vegetarian Treat

Last week, I did an online chat with my brother. While chatting, asked him what did he eat for lunch. He said that he ate a super delicious vegetable briyani. It seems that there is an Indian restaurant that has opened it's new branch in my hometown and the food are very tasty. I have got to try them on my next visit back home.

Vegetable briyani has stuck in my mind ever since my brother mentioned about it. As its Friday today, the only day in a week that I practise vegetarianism, I thought of cooking the briyani for dinner tonight. Cooked it directly in the rice cooker, for convenient purpose.

Vegetable Biryani

What do we need:

The Vegetables

The Spices

2 cups rice
2 carrots
2 potatoes
10 button mushrooms
3 baby corn
1 small broccoli
1 red capsicum
1 onion
1" ginger
3 cloves garlic
1 green chilli
1 bunch coriander leaves
4 tbsp yoghurt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups water
1 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp poppy seed powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2" cinnamon stick
1 bay leave
1 star anise
2 cloves
3 cardamoms
a pinch of saffron
salt to taste

How do we do it:

Wash and soak the rice. Then, drain the water and set aside.

Soak the saffron strands in the milk. Set aside.

Dice the potatoes. Mix with a touch of salt. Heat oil and fry the potatoes until golden brown. Set aside.

Cut the rest of the vegetables in the same size. Marinate them with yoghurt, turmeric powder and a little salt for 10 minutes.

Slice the onion. Half the chilli lengthwise. Grind the ginger and garlic into a paste.

Heat the ghee. Fry cinnamon, star anise, bay leaf, cloves and cardamoms. Add ginger and garlic paste. Then, onion and chilli. Sautè until aromatic. Now in goes the marinated vegetables. Add all the spices. Cook for 5 minutes. Then, put the rice in. Fry for 5 minutes. Pour the milk and water. Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves. Season with salt. Cook until rice is fluffy and does not stick together.

Vegetable Briyani with Tomato Salad

Serve Vegetable Briyani hot with raita or salad.


Vineela said...

Hi pushpa,
Thanks for ur veggie treat.U r biryani looks good.Nice presentation of all spices.

fooDcrazEE said...

nice pic all over again...salivating

sailu said...

One hellava a veggies spread and to top it, a biryani..:).
Nice pictures.

Puspha said...

Vineela: Thank u & welcome to my blog.

Mike: Thanx. Hubby just bot me a new Nikon D50 lah. hehehehe

If happen to go to KL, check out Sangeetha Restaurant at Leboh Ampang. My bro being very fuzzy with food, has given good credits. So, must be really good lor.

Sailu: Many thanx.

Kay said...

I've tried many recipes of veggie biryani, but could never get that restaurant taste. I'll try yours Pushpa! Thanks! :)

I've been looking for anchovies here, but I guess I'll have a better chance in Toronto. So you have any other recipes with anchovie? Like a curry? Do post if you know such a dish. I'd love to learn from you.

Kitchenmate said...

Pushpa: Hmmm, Looks double delicious and love to try it buddy:) Thanks for sharing this recipe. How about this tomato salad? well, it looks more yummy like a pickle:)

Anonymous said...

I'm not the first but I'm not the last to say your recipe is delicious. I cooked it today and the aroma kept me coming back and back.

Your presentation also lives upto your blog's catchline.

Keep it up.

Puspha said...

Kay: U r welcome. Do let me know of the outcome.
I'll definately share some achovies recipes. Especially for the pregnant woman.

Karthi: Thanx & welcome. I loved the tomatoe salad. So very simple to make. I'll share it one of these days.

Anonymous: welcome to my blog. Thank u very for the compliments. Very glad that u liked it.

Kay said...

What? Pregnant women can eat anchovies? Heheeee... (sinister smile!) I know now how to ask hubby to buy anchovies for me!

Looking eagerly for your anchovies recipe! Thanks buddy!

Has to be me said...

Yummmmy....i'm drooling already & feel like eating it right away! Nice pic!

Puspha said...

Kay: Now u know the trick.
I used the same trick to eat ice-cream when I was pregnant. ;)

Hastobeme: Thank u.

Pamela said...

Hi Puspha,

That birinani looks really good, I will definately try your recipe.

Really happy to find another Swiss based food blog, I'm based in Basel :-)

Puspha said...

Hello Pam. Thank u very much. Do let me know how u like it.

Me too, glad to know bout a blog in Swiss.

Anonymous said...

hi i like ur site very much. very nice biryani recipe i wil try it this weekend. by the by where do u buy baby corns. i havn't seen them here in usa so far.

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