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February 14, 2015

Coconut Milk Veg Biryani Recipe/Thengai Paal Biryani-Sunday Lunch Recipes-6

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Coconut milk veg biryani recipe

Today being Valentine’s day, I made this special coconut milk vegetable biryani for our lunch. Of course my husband is in Norway but still I made this biryani along with basundi for my daughter & in-laws. I will show this platter to my husband online in skype call. Today my daughter Raksha gifted us her own made Valentine’s day card along with heart shaped,iced Red Velvet Cake. Can you find them in the above pic ?? ;)We were really surprised and moved to see her love & affection.

Ok, coming to this recipe, generally I don’t add coconut milk in my biryani but its been my long time wish to try biryani adding coconut milk/Thengai paal. I am happy that I tried on this special occasion. I was so happy with the outcome & the addition of coconut milk made my biryani so rich & took it to the next level. Actually I thought to make white colored biryani  and din’t add spice powders but I couldn’t bring that color as I had ground all the spices in this recipe. Mine looked half white. To make white colored coconut milk biryani, you can add all the spices in oil without grinding them. Also use only coconut milk. Do not use water. I used half and half. 

You can make any variations to this recipe. It comes out well in all the ways. Try it & let me know how it turned out for you!

Check out my plain coconut milk pulao / Brinji recipe  and brinjal gravy too !

Coconut milk Veg biryani

Coconut milk veg biryani recipe

Coconut milk veg biryani recipe Coconut milk veg biryani recipe- Sunday special lunch recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: 3
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 45 Minutes


  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Thick Coconut milk + water - 1 + 0.75 cups ( I used 2 cups equal measure)
  • Cooking oil + Ghee - 1 tbsp + 2 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Jhapatri - 1 no (optional)
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Mixed vegetables - 1/2 cup ( Carrot-1,Beans-5 nos,Potato-1 no.Peas-handful)
  • Mint & coriander leaves - 2 tbsp ( finely chopped)
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
To grind
  • Cashew nuts – 5 nos
  • Green chillies - 4 nos
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Star anise - 1 no
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 5 nos
  • Kalpasi/Black stone flower - 1 no
  • Water - as needed

  • Wash and soak the basmati rice adding 1.5 cups of water for 1 hour. Grind 1 cup of grated coconut adding 1 cup of warm water and take thick milk. Keep it aside. ( If you want to add coconut milk alone, use 1.5 cups of thin coconut milk and skip water). 
  • Wash and chop the vegetables & set aside.
Coconut milk veg biryani
  • Take all the ingredients given under “ To grind” and grind them coarsely without adding water. Then add little water & make a smooth paste. Set aside.
Coconut milk veg biryani
  • Heat oil+ghee in a pressure cooker. Saute bayleaf & Jhapatri. Then add the ground paste & finely chopped mint, coriander leaves. Saute well till raw smell vanishes off.
Coconut milk veg biryani
  • Now add the chopped vegetables, mix well. Add the required salt. Drain the water from soaked rice. Add soaked rice along with water and coconut milk in equal ratio or thin coconut milk alone. Lastly add lemon juice in water & check for taste. Add salt if needed. Add slitted green chillies if you feel spice is less.
Coconut milk veg biryani
  • Cook in low flame for one whistle. It takes 10 minutes. After the steam is released, fluff the rice gently with fork & serve it hot with raita.
Coconut milk veg biryani
Enjoy !

  • For variations, you can add 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder & biryani masala powder. In that case, reduce the green chillies to 3nos.
  • Soak basmati rice for minimum 30 minutes to get soft, elongated rice.
  • You can also fry the soaked rice in ghee before adding in biryani.

Coconut milk biryani, Curd rice, Basundi and a piece of Red Velvet cake for lunch. Come and join me friends. 
Coconut milk veg biryani recipe

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great-secret-of-life said...

that spread looks so perfect.. Happy Valentine day Chitra

Chitra said...

Thanks Veena.Wish u the same dear :)

Priya said...

Coconut milk gives a rich taste to biryani.Happy valentines day to you and specially to raksha kutti.

Chitra said...

Thanks dear :) Wish u the same :)

Rafeeda AR said...

Really flavorful biriyani... such a cute gesture from ur daughter... :) said...

This looks yummy!!! Happy valentines days to you.


Kalaivani packiaraj said...

Will rice: water ratio 2:1 gives separated grains. Because I use 1:1 ratio where the grains will be little dry

Chitra said...

Hi Kalai vani,i use 1:2 as my family likes the rice to be too soft.U can add 1.5 to 1.75 cups of water to get a perfectly cooked n grainy rice.1:1 will work fine if u soak the rice for minimum 4-5 hours.Also add 2 tsp of oil in the water before cooking rice.If u follow this,ur rice won't be dry.Try this.It will work out :)