Vegetable Biryani Recipe is the traditional and one of the most famous dishes from the kitchen of the Mughal Emperors. It is rice based dish, contains the fragrance and flavors of whole garam masala. Here Basmati Rice are cooked with Several Healthy and tasty vegetables and then biryani is flavored with Saffron, mint leaves, coriander leaves, biryani masala and dry nuts.
You can make variety of Biryani Recipes in your home, such as Vegetable Biryani, Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani or even Egg Biryani. Biryani is served in all parts of India and forms an integral part of Indian cuisine.
There is a difference between biryani and pulao. Pulao is generally cooked by mixing the ingredients together, where as biryani is dish where plain rice are cooked separately and curry is made separately, then both rice and curry are to be brought together and layered and flavored with spices, dry fruits and mint and coriander leaves.
One should take care of important aspects while making perfect biryani at home. First of all, pick the rice of best quality, preferably basmati and long grained. Choose tasty vegetables and spices for adding into biryani and lastly it is highly recommended to cook the biryani in ghee rather than oil, because ghee enhance the flavor of biryani and makes it more aromatic.
An Authentic Indian Vegetable Biryani must be cooked on dum or on a low flame. It brings originality to the biryani. This is how the biryani has the beautiful medley of the aroma, taste and flavors of several ingredients. What is dum cooking or dum pukht? It is nothing but an art or a technique of cooking biryani or any food item in steam, which means by not allowing the steam to escape.
Dum Pukht literally means choking off the steam. Generally the food which is made on dum is kept in sealed serving dishes or containers, and in India such type of utensils are called as clay pots or handi. While cooking on dum or on a low flame, these pots are sealed tightly with wheat flour dough. This does not allow the steam to pass. The food gets cooked in its own steam and juices on a slow fire infusing the flavors and aroma of herbs and spices.
It is a belief that while cooking in such way the nutrients are also not lost in this process and hence the food is nutritious too. This tradition of dum pukht originated in Persia where the dish was prepared, sealed and then buried in hot sand to mature. Dum Pukht is a part of the Avadhi/Awadhi Cuisine which is from the city of Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh.
Nowadays Dum Pukht technique is used in several parts of India and mostly seen in Hyderabadi, Mughlai and Punjabi cuisines. Today, let us show you you how to cook simple. easy and tasty Vegetable biryani recipe at home.
How to make Vegetable Biryani Recipe:
- If you want you can sprinkle some rose water for more flavors in biryani.
- One more technique of making this biryani at home is that, you can seal the pan with wheat flour dough or keep a heavy weight on the lid and cook on low flame. If you do not have the wheat flour dough. Place the sealed handi on the gas stove at low flame.