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March 5, 2009


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I tried this dum biryani for the first time on Saturday .I had an eye on this for a long time.I was searching cook books,blogs etc to get the recipe..At last i got it from a book and a blog.I combined both the recipes and made it on my own.It came out very well with a nice color and aroma..We liked it very much!!Most of u would have tried in  different methods and posted it.But i just want to share my version ..
Veg dum biriyani
Ingredients reqd:
  • Vegetables(carrot,beans,potato,peas)- 2 cups
  • Rice – 1 cup ( i didn’t use basmati rice,i used boiled rice.Please vary the ratio of water accordingly!! I think 1.5 cups is sufficient.)
  • Water – 2 cups
To Saute:
  • Oil /Ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1” stick
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Cardamom – 1 no
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Star anise/Marati moggu – 2 nos
  • Big Onions – 1 no(sliced)
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 2 –3 nos(slit)
  • Mint leaves – 10- 15 leaves
  • Coriander leaves – a few
  • Tomato – 2 no (chopped)
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – As needed
  • Curd – 1 tsp
  • Red color – a pinch ( optional)
To Grind:
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
To Garnish:
  • Roasted Bread/Bun – Few pieces
Method of cooking:
  • Wash and soak the rice for 10 – 15 mins.
  • Cube cut all the vegetables and keep it aside. Grind the cashews to make a smooth paste.set aside.
  • Heat a wok/pan with oil and add all the spices one by one given under “ to saute” in the same order.
  • Once the spices start to splutter,add the onion juliennes' and fry till transparent.Now add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell  leaves. Add half of the mint & coriander leaves. Fry..
  • Add the slit green chillies ,fry and add chopped finely tomatoes.Cover Cook till tomatoes become mushy.
  • Now add the vegetables and mix till masalas are well coated on it.
  • Add the chilli powder,cashew paste and salt ,mix well.
  • Now add the remaining mint & coriander leaves and curd.Fry for a min.
  • Drain the water from the soaked rice and add to the mixture.
  • Mix it well and add 2 cups of water.Add a tsp of ghee to it.
  • Transfer the contents into pressure cooker and cook till it is 3/4th done..(I kept it for 4 mins after putting weight valve.My cooker generally takes 8 mins to cook the rice completely.)So depending on ur cooker,please vary the time..
  • Now open the cooker and mix it once.
How to DUM:
  • Heat a dosa tawa and keep the cooker on it with weight valve.
  • Once the tawa becomes hot ,simmer the flame and let the cooker stand on it for 8-10 mins..
  • The rice will be cooked full using the vapor inside. It wont get burnt.Once the pressure is released ,open the cooker and toss it once. Add the roasted bread pieces and mix it well.
Yummy Veg Dum Biriyani is ready to serve with onion raita.
veg dum briyani1
I’ve already mentioned the benefits of spices here and
vegetables here,please refer it.
Star anise:
Star anise has been used in a tea as a remedy for rheumatism, and the seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion.
Japanese star anise (Illicium anisatum), a similar tree, is not edible because it is highly toxic (due to containing sikimitoxin); instead, it has been burned as incense in Japan. Cases of illness, including "serious neurological effects, such as seizures", reported after using star anise tea may be a result of using this species. Japanese star anise contains anisatin, which causes severe inflammation of the kidneys, urinary tract and digestive organs.


Thanks to poornima and nithya for including me in ur friends circle!!I feel great!!
Thanks a ton to nithya for this yummy award..U made my day!!


  1. You sure make the yummiest food! Ive always wanted to try making these :)

  2. oh,thats really quick,thanku alisa and shama:)

  3. Adding bread pieces is new to me. Looks yum...

  4. that's a nice one. do check out my way of making dhum too.

  5. Mouthwatering!! Can you pass it over here? :))
    Going in a short break,see u after a week:))

  6. Hi Chitra, glad to see you in my blog, keep visiting. I have blog rolled you now! :)

    Dum Biryani looks fabulous. I love the aroma in the kitchen when we are making this. Great recipe, thank you and enjoy. Hugs! :)

  7. Biryani is looking mouthwatering...Nice one chitra..........

  8. I love Dum Biryani Chitra...good one...i have been wanting to try this for a while...Like your recipe.

  9. I love dum biryani, delious one

  10. soo yummy!!! im planning to make some egg biryani this saturdya..dont I love biryanis on weekends!! you can eat and not worry about sleepin gover your laptop at work :D:D

  11. Looks delicious...making me hungry again:)

  12. I love this biriyani! Mouthwatering recipe Chitra!

  13. We make the almost the same way with few changes...looks so gud...making me feel hungry ;)

  14. Loved the method! Really unique and agreat idea of giving dam! I must try this method too!

  15. new method for me! interesting , has come out good.

  16. This looks wonderful! Now I have a craving . . .

  17. Biriyani looks so perfect dear. I always love the way they add the bread crumbs on it:) Classic demo.

  18. Chitra,you really made me smile with that chweet comment..:)..Thanks dear..:)But I cant see me in your blogroll/follow list..:-?
    Ofocurse I loved your blog.. :)..Biriyani's are my fav n guess what I am going to make a Mughal one now..I liked the idea of putting tht cooker over Tawa n dum..:) ..Now on you also will have to yawn on my long comments.. :D

  19. I have never tried dum briyani before...this one looks great, I should try your recipe soon..thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe...congrats on your awards Chitra...

  20. Mmm, have never tried dum briyani before either, but wow, looks like I've been missing out!! Congratulations on your award, you deserved it!

  21. Thanku mera,varsha ,gita and jesse;

  22. ow .. biriyani looks so delicious and well spiced!


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