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June 11, 2012

VERMICELLI BIRYANI | SEMIYA BIRYANI

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I got this recipe from my neighbour. I would say this recipe suits well for potluck as well as lunch box. Ur guests would be amazed by its taste. They’ll sure ask u for the recipe. I had tried this recipe many times and it never disappointed me. Its very simple to prepare too..I have used water to cook the semiya , u can use only coconut milk or water & coconut milk half n half to cook the vermicelli. It makes the dish very rich..

INGREDIENTS

  • Short Vermicelli / Semiya – 1 packet or 200gms ( Roasted would be much better. I used bambino roasted short vermicelli)
  • Big onion –  1 no (slice cut)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Carrot – 2 nos
  • Beans – 5 nos
  • Green peas –  handful
  • Potato – 1 no
  • Water – 1.5 cups ( As mentioned in the packet)
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 3 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch
  • Cinnamon – 1 small piece
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Fennel – 1/2 tsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves – to garnish
Lime juice – few drops
Ghee – 1 tsp
Cashews – to garnish (optional)

METHOD

  • Cut all the vegetables into small cubes and add all the 1.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • In a wide mouthed kadai , heat oil and add jeera.Then add the onion slices and saute well.
  • Add the ground coconut paste and mix well for few mins till raw smell emanates.
  • Next add all the veggies with the water and add the turmeric powder and required salt.Let it boil for few minutes.
  • Finally add the roasted semiya and mix well.Cover & cook for sometime. Toss in between.
  • Make sure the water is sufficient for the semiya to cook..If not add more and mix well. Use a fork kind of ladle to kindle the mixture so that the vermicelli wont break much.
  • Finally add the lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
Roast cashews in  a tsp of ghee and add it on top before serving !
Serve hot with simple onion raita!

TIPS

  • Here i’ve used green chillies for grinding. So use red chilly powder only if necessary. OR if u don’t want to use green chillies , use red chilly powder alone while sautéing onions.
  • U can use garam masala powder at the end if necessary.
  • Add all the water ( i.e the water needed for cooking vermicelli ) while cooking vegetables in the pressure cooker...
  • No need to pressure cook after adding the vegetables. Just cover the kadai or cooker with the lid.Open in between and stir the mixture well to avoid over cooking or burnt smell.
  • Add water if necessary. Usually vermicelli takes 10 mins to cook well.
  • This biryani looks mushy after cooking. U may feel it dint come out well .. But it needs some time to become flaky. Make sure u add correct quantity of water & use a fork to stir the mixture.
  • Please prepare this dish at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Sooner u prepare better the taste would be. If u want u can reheat it by sprinkling little water and serve hot.



21 comments:

  1. Hi ..
    That is a brilliant thought ..Will surely try this biriyani for sure..

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  2. What a unique recipe using vermicelli.. Definitely gona try this one!

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  3. Vermicelli biryani is a nice recipe and should have tasted yummy.

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  4. lovely biryani with semiya..nice twist..

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  5. Yum ....love semiya biryani ...looks delish

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  6. Thanks shoba, sowmya , akila n priti :)

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  7. wow this is fantastic recipe.. love it.

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  8. Lovely idea, looks so delicious..

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  9. delicious dear..inviting you to join : Street Party Food Event in my blog .

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  10. I can have it anytime,simply inviting and irresistible..

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  11. I too love Vermicelli Biryani n this version sounds so yummy n flavorful...looks inviting too!!
    Spicy Treats

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  12. A nice addition to dinner party menus...Sure to try this out Chitra..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  13. absolutely mouth watering vermicilli biryani !!!!looks absolutely tempting !!!!

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  14. I too learned this long back from a nice friend....it tastes good always. U made it very good. Mouthwatering recipe!

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