Veg dum biryani – It doesn’t take fancy ingredients to treat your family to an exotic dinner. Delicious layers of rice and vegetable masala makes for a great meal on its own. Truth to be told, we can’t get enough of this veggie packed biryani.
I love this time of the year when the nature brings us her beautiful fresh produce. Yes, we are thoroughly enjoying the summer sunshine in this part of the world. Every summer, plenty of different varieties of veggies and fruits make their way to my everyday menu. In other words, this is the perfect season to include more vegetarian goodness to my diet.
I must admit that I can’t live without the meaty addition to my meal. However, I have a few vegetarian favorites as well. Needless to say, they are also always a hit with my family. So, if you love to add more veggie-based dishes to your menu, here’s one of the best ways to enjoy healthy eating.
Vegetable dum biryani. Layers of rice and spiced vegetables cooked over low flame (dum) to add maximum flavor. Vegetarian food doesn’t get any better than this. It’s guaranteed to be a winner.
The base of this veg dum biryani is made up of two parts – Rice and spiced vegetables. Both are cooked separately, then layered and cooked over a very low flame. This is the classic way of making any biryani, and it helps to instil more flavor into the dish. The best part is that you can cook both the parts in advance and then dum (cook over low flame) just before serving. It’s just the ticket for stress-free dinner on a super hectic day.
First, the rice. Basmati rice is soaked and cooked until half done along with a few dry spices like cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves. You don’t need to cook the rice completely at this stage as the rest of the cooking process happens in the final stage.
Second, the vegetable masala. Green beans, carrots, cauliflower and green peas are cooked in an array of traditional Indian spices. Add cubes of paneer for extra flavor. I love paneer in my biryani, but it’s totally optional.
To layer the biryani, you’ll need a heavy bottomed pan. Add vegetable and rice in alternating layers. One important thing that gives a biryani it’s exotic restaurant style look is the color from saffron. So, it’s a crucial element in this recipe. And lots and lots of herbs makes the flavor so perfect. When this vegetable dum biryani is cooked over low flame, the rice grains will become perfectly tender and fluffy.
Plus, this biryani can be eaten on its own or tastes great when paired with a non-vegetarian curry. Indian chicken curry, chicken roast, lamb korma, lamb roganjosh, chicken manchurian and chicken tikka masala are a few of my favorites.
With so much deliciousness packed in every mouthful, what not to love about this vegetable dum biryani?