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Hyderabadi vegetable dum biryani recipe with step by step pictures – a rich, flavourful rice dish made by layering basmati rice and mixed vegetable curry in a pot, garnished with ghee, mint, fried onions and saffron/kesar, slow cooked until done.

Introduced to us by the Mughals a long time ago, the biryani is traditionally made with meat. Since there are so many vegetarians in India, the evolution leading to the creation of vegetarian versions of biryani that was equally delicious was inevitable.

Diwali is just around the corner and it’s a great time to get together with your friends and relatives. Having guests over dinner parties is an indispensable part of the celebrations. Festive time call for grand recipes and biryanis fit the bill just perfect. Hyderabadi veg dum biryani is one such lavish rice dish that has so many different kinds of flavors layered one upon the other.

This is a restaurant style veg dum biryani. It is traditionally served with mirchi ka salan and raita. It is a complete meal in itself, which makes it a preferred option among the restaurant-goers. This Hyderabadi vegetable dum biryani recipe (हैदराबादी वेजिटेबल दम बिरयानी रेसिपी) is cooked on dum. Dum is a technique where you cook something in steam and cover the utensil with a well-fitting lid so that the steam doesn’t escape.

the aim of this vegetable dum biryani recipe

When I was developing this recipe in my kitchen, I had only one intention; that is to make the vegetables taste so good that you actually enjoy eating them. My intention was not to mimic the meaty texture of chicken or mutton but to bring out the richness of the veggies. Nevertheless, I am working on another veg biryani recipe that will have a glimpse of meaty texture in it. And when that’s done, I will share the recipe here with you.

using readymade tomato puree for vegetable dum biryani recipe

The chicken or meat in the non-vegetarian biryani recipes bring in the umaminess, which the veg biryani would lack. The solution is to use readymade or store-bought tomato puree. It has glutamic acid in it, which lends a wonderful umaminess to the food to which it is added. That is very important for the vegetable dum biryani recipe, so do not replace tomato puree with fresh tomatoes. It makes a world of difference to your veg biryani and sets it apart from other recipes.

using kewra & rose water – how much & when?

You won’t need more than 1 tsp of kewra water and rose water each for this vegetable dum biryani recipe. If you add more than that, it will overpower other flavors. Some people like to add a few drops of kewra water to all the elements of the biryani such as the rice, curry, and while preparing the layers.

I like to add rose water and kewra water only to the rice while boiling it. But it’s totally up to you whether you want to split the rose and kewra water and add them to every element or just to the rice.

preparing ahead of time

The Hyderabadi veg biryani preparation could be daunting. I suggest you prepare a few ingredients for the veg biryani recipe a day or two before. The paneer tikkis are a must for this recipe because it adds richness, without which the veg biryani seems incomplete. You can make the paneer tikki mixture, shape it into patties and freeze them. Shallow-fry them whenever you want to make the biryani.

You can also make crispy fried onions ahead of time and store them in an airtight container. Grind some fried onions for making the paste and use the remaining for garnishing the vegetable biryani. The rest of the veg biryani preparation like making the veg curry and rice is a breeze.

Here are some more biryani recipes for you; Hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe, chicken dum biryani recipe, one-pot prawns biryani recipe, and one-pot vegetable biryani recipe.

Now let’s see how to make vegetable dum biryani recipe with step by step pictures.

how to make vegetable dum biryani recipe

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Hyderabadi Veg Biryani Recipe | Vegetable Dum Biryani Recipe
 
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vegetable dum biryani recipe is a hearty, fragrant, rice dish consisting of layers of basmati rice and delicious, saucy veg curry garnished with fresh coriander and mint. The crispy fried onions and saffron-infused milk enhance its richness manifold, making it an ultimate vegetarian treat. The biryani is then slow-cooked as the flavors develop and an enticing aroma fills your home.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For Making the Paneer Tikki
  • Homemade paneer – 1 cup, scrambled
  • Boiled potato – 1 medium, mashed
  • Garam masala – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Green chilies – 3 or to taste, finely chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cornstarch – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – for shallow frying the tikkis
For Making the Veg Curry
  • Onions – 3 medium, sliced
  • Readymade tomato puree – 200 ml pack
  • Fried onion paste – ¼ cup
  • Yogurt – 1 cup, whisked
  • Ginger & garlic paste – 3 tbsp, freshly ground
  • Green chili paste - 2 tbsp, freshly ground
  • Green chilies – 2, split lengthwise
  • Mixed vegetables – 6 cups (cauliflower, French beans, English carrots, frozen peas, capsicum)
  • Coriander leaves – a handful, finely chopped
  • Mint leaves – a handful
  • Star anise – 1
  • Green cardamom – 6, lightly pounded
  • Black cardamom – 1
  • Cloves – 3
  • Mace – 1
  • Black peppercorns – 5
  • Cinnamon – 2-inch stick
  • Shahi jeera – ½ tsp
  • Byadgi red chili – 1 tbsp
  • Regular red chili (hot variety) – ½ tbsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Kasoori methi - 2 tsp, lightly roasted and crushed
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Water – ½ cup or as needed
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
For Making the Rice
  • Basmati rice – 1 & ½ cups, soaked for an hour and drained
  • Water – 8 cups
  • Ginger & garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies – 2, split lengthwise
  • Salt – to taste
  • Bay leaf – 2
  • Green cardamom – 4, lightly pounded
  • Shahi jeera – ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1-inch stick
  • Mace/Javetri – 1
  • Black peppercorns – 4
  • Cloves – 3
  • Star anise – 1
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Rose water – 1 tsp
  • Kewra water – 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – handful, finely chopped
For Garnishing
  • Fried onions
  • Coriander leaves – finely chopped
  • Mint leaves
  • Ghee
  • 10-12 strands of saffron soaked in ¼ cup warm milk
Instructions
Making the Paneer Tikkis
  1. First of all, let’s make the paneer tikkis. Combine scrambled paneer, mashed boiled potato, salt, garam masala, green chilies, coriander leaves, and cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Mix well to form a soft mixture. Divide the patty mixture into 4 parts and make round flat patties/tikkis.
  3. Shallow fry the tikkis on a tawa or in a pan until golden and crispy on both sides.
  4. Remove them onto a plate and cut them into quarters. Set it aside.
Making the Vegetable Curry
  1. Now let’s make the vegetable curry for the biryani. Heat oil in a pan. Add in the whole spices and sauté for a few seconds.
  2. Add the onions and sauté until they begin to turn golden.
  3. Now add the freshly ground ginger-garlic paste, freshly ground green chili paste, and green chilies. Saute until the raw smell disappears.
  4. Add the powdered spices; turmeric, byadgi red chili, regular red chili (hot variety), coriander powder, and garam masala. Give it a quick mix.
  5. Immediately add the tomato puree so that the spices won’t burn. Sauté until oil begins to separate.
  6. Add the mixed veggies and salt. Roast the veggies in the gravy on high flame adding little water every now and then. This process is called ‘bhunna’ and brings out the flavors of the veggies. Continue to roast the veggies for about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Cover the pan and cook the veggies on low flame until they are 80% cooked. Then add kasoori methi.
  8. Finally, add the mint leaves, coriander leaves, fried onion paste, and whisked yogurt. Give it a final mix.
  9. Veg curry for veg biryani is ready.
Preparing the Rice
  1. Now let’s make the rice. Heat 8 cups of water in a pot or kadhai. Add freshly ground ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, coriander leaves, kewra water, rose water, salt, ghee, and whole spices (green cardamom, mace, star anise, black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, shahi jeera).
  2. Bring the water to a boil and let it bubble away for 5 minutes. Then add in the basmati rice that has been soaked for an hour and drained.
  3. Stir occasionally. Let the rice boil until it’s 80% cooked. Then turn the heat off.
Layering the Biryani
  1. Now it’s time to assemble the biryani. Take a heavy-base biryani pot and spread half the veg curry evenly. Take a strainer and scoop out the rice out of the hot water. Let the excess water drip. Then spread half the rice over the layer of veg curry.
  2. Now add in the cut up paneer tikki. Spread some ghee and saffron-infused milk over the rice. Garnish with crispy fried onions, mint leaves, and coriander leaves.
  3. Now spread the remaining veg curry over the layer of rice and place the remaining pieces of paneer tikkis.
  4. Cover with the remaining rice. Spread some more ghee and saffron-infused milk. Garnish with crispy fried onions, mint leaves, and coriander leaves.
  5. Properly preheat a tawa. Then turn the heat on low. Cover the biryani pot with a well-fitting lid. Place the biryani pot on the tawa. Place a heavy object such as the mortar-pestle over the lid. Let the biryani cook on dum for about 20-25 minutes.
  6. After turning the flame off, let the biryani rest in the closed pot for another 10 minutes. Then uncover the pot. Vegetable dum biryani recipe is ready.
  7. Scoop out the vegetable biryani right from the bottom so that you get all the layers on your plate. Garnish with some more fried onions. Serve the veg biryani with raita and lemon wedges. Enjoy!

 

vegetable dum biryani recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

First of all, let’s make the paneer tikkis. Gather its ingredients.

ingredients for paneer patty


Step 2

Combine 1 cup scrambled paneer, 1 medium mashed boiled potato, salt to taste, ¼ tsp garam masala, 3 green chilies finely chopped, 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves, and 1 tbsp cornstarch in a bowl.

making the mixture for paneer tikki


Step 3

Mix well to form a soft mixture.

mixture of paneer tikki is ready


Step 4

Divide the patty mixture into 4 parts and make round flat patties/tikkis.

shaping the mixture into patties


Step 5

Shallow fry the tikkis on a tawa or in a pan.

shallow frying the paneer tikkis


Step 6

Fry them until golden and crispy on both sides.

golen and crispy paneer patties are ready


Step 7

Remove them onto a plate and cut them into quarters. Set it aside.

cutting the paneer tikkis into quarters


Step 8

Now let’s make the vegetable curry for the biryani. These are the ingredients for the curry base.

ingredients for the veg curry for veg biryani recipe


These are aromatics, herbs and masalas for veg biryani.

veg biryani masalas powdered and whole


Step 9

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan. Add in the whole spices; 1 star anise, 6 green cardamoms lightly pounded, 1 black cardamom, 3 cloves, 1 mace/javitri, 5 black peppercorns, 2-inch cinnamon, and ½ tsp shahi jeera. Sauté for a few seconds.

tempering the spices for making the vegetable curry


Step 10

Add 3 medium sliced onions and sauté until they begin to turn golden.

sauteing the sliced onions for veg biryani masala


Step 11

Now add 3 tbsp freshly ground ginger-garlic paste, 2 tbsp freshly ground green chili paste, and 2 green chilies split lengthwise. Sauté until the raw smell disappears.

sauteing ginger, garlic, green chilies for making vegetable gravy


Step 12

Add the powdered spices; ¼ tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp byadgi red chili, ½ tbsp regular red chili (hot variety), 1 tbsp coriander powder, and ½ tsp garam masala. Give it a quick mix.

adding the ground spices to make the veg gravy


Step 13

Immediately add 200 ml (1 pack) tomato puree so that the spices won’t burn. Sauté until oil begins to separate.

adding the tomato puree to the onions


Step 14

Add 5 cups of mixed veggies (cauliflower, frozen peas, English carrot, French beans, and capsicum) and salt to taste.

adding mixed vegetables to the gravy


Step 15

Roast the veggies in the gravy on high flame adding little water every now and then. This process is called ‘bhunna’ and brings out the flavors of the veggies. Continue to roast the veggies for about 5-7 minutes.

bhunna. roasting the vegetables with the gravy and spices on high heat


Step 16

Cover the pan and cook the veggies on low flame until they are 80% cooked. Then add 2 tsp kasoori methi that has been lightly roasted and crushed between the palms.

adding kasoor methi to the veg curry


Step 17

Finally, add a handful of mint leaves, a handful of finely chopped coriander leaves, some lemon juice to taste, ¼ cup fried onion paste, and 1 cup whisked yogurt. Give it a final mix.

adding yogurt and onion paste. garnishing with coriander and mint leaves


Step 18

Veg curry for veg biryani is ready.

vegetable gravy for vegetable dum biryani recipe is ready


Step 19

Now let’s make the rice. These are its ingredients.

ingredients for making rice for vegetable dum biryani


Step 20

Heat 8 cups of water in a pot or kadhai. Add 1 tbsp freshly ground ginger-garlic paste, 2 green chilies split lengthwise, a handful of finely chopped coriander leaves, 1 tsp kewra water, 1 tsp rose water, salt to taste, 1 tbsp ghee, and whole spices; 4 green cardamom lightly pounded, 1 mace, 1 star anise, 4 black peppercorns, 3 cloves, 1-inch cinnamon stick, 2 bay leaves, ½ tsp shahi jeera).

making a fragrant broth for cooking rice


Step 21

Bring the water to a boil and let it bubble away for 5 minutes. Then add in 1 & ½ cup basmati rice that has been soaked for an hour and drained.

adding rice to the broth


Step 22

Stir occasionally. Let the rice boil until it’s 80% cooked. Then turn the heat off.

boiling rice until almost cooked


Step 23

Now it’s time to assemble the biryani. These are the garnishing ingredients; mint leaves, chopped coriander leaves, ghee, fried onions, 10-12 strands of saffron mixed with ¼ cup warm milk. Kewra water and rose water are optional. I added them only to the rice.

garnishing ingredients for veg biryani


Step 24

Take a heavy-base biryani pot and spread half the veg curry evenly. Take a strainer and scoop out the rice out of the hot water. Let the excess water drip. Then spread half the rice over the layer of veg curry.

layering the veg biryani


Step 25

Now add in the cut up paneer tikki. Spread some ghee and saffron-infused milk over the rice. Garnish with crispy fried onions, mint leaves, and coriander leaves.

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Step 26

Now spread the remaining veg curry over the layer of rice and place the remaining pieces of paneer tikkis.

veg biryani preparation


Step 27

Cover with the remaining rice. Spread some more ghee and saffron-infused milk. Garnish with crispy fried onions, mint leaves, and coriander leaves.

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Step 28

Properly preheat a tawa. Then turn the heat on low. Cover the biryani pot with a well-fitting lid. Place the biryani pot on the tawa. Place a heavy object such as the mortar-pestle over the lid. Let the biryani cook on dum for about 20-25 minutes.

dum cooking technique


Step 29

After turning the flame off, let the biryani rest in the closed pot for another 10 minutes. Then uncover the pot. Vegetable dum biryani recipe is ready.

veg biryani with raita


Step 30

Scoop out the hyderabadi vegetable dum biryani right from the bottom so that you get all the layers on your plate. Garnish with some more fried onions. Serve the veg biryani with raita and lemon wedges. Enjoy!

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    kausar ali
    May 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    veg biryani looks really tempting. those tikkis look melt in mouth. nice idea.

  • Reply
    mona rathod
    May 19, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    that’s royal and rich. a treat indeed for the vegetarians.

  • Reply
    Purvi govardhan
    May 25, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Super rich and royal. Too good Monica.

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 26, 2018 at 6:45 am

      Thanks Purvi

  • Reply
    satish
    July 6, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    very royal looking veg biryani..exotic!

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