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March 1, 2015

Easy Vegetable Biryani Recipe In Pressure Cooker- Bachelors Veg Biryani

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Easy vegetable biryani in pressure cooker
When I was working, my colleague who is a bachelor used to bring this simple veg biryani in a pressure cooker at least twice in a week. It looks like a plain colored rice with vegetables here and there. Whenever we ask for the recipe, he says its a 10 minutes biryani using masala powder. 

When I was planning for this week’s Sunday Lunch recipes, this biryani flashed in my mind. I thought this recipe may be helpful for bachelors & working women to make a chatpat, simple and no grinding biryani recipe for lunch box. Actually I wanted to make this biryani in rice cooker but finally I used pressure cooker. 

Soon I will share a biryani recipe using electric rice cooker. I don’t want to create a hype by saying this biryani tastes awesome, rich, flavourful and all. Rather I would say, its a good biryani recipe with least spices. The result would be worthy for it and I am sure you will love the simplicity of this recipe. Just give a try. I have updated this recipe with a video. Pls check it below.

Check out my other pulao/Biryani recipes here !

Easy veg biryani recipe

Easy biryani recipe for Bachelors

Easy biryani recipe for Bachelors Easy vegetable biryani recipe for bachelors with step by step photos and video
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup = 200 ml 

  • Basmati rice - 1 cup ( I used India gate) 
  • Water - 1.75 cups
  • Mixed vegetables - 1/2 cup ( 1 carrot,5 beans,1 potato & fistful
  • peas)
  • Whole garam masala - 1 each ( Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bayleaf) OPTIONAL
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Green chilli - 1 no
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic - 8 cloves OR use 1/2 tbsp of g&g paste.
  • Mint & coriander leaves - a handful( use more mint than coriander)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Dhania powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Biryani masala powder or Garam masala powder- 1.5 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp ( u can also use cooking oil)

  • Wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes in 1.5 cups of water. If you don’t have time to soak, use 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice. I used 1.75 cups of water as per my family's taste.
  • Wash and chop all the vegetables into small cubes. Chop onions, tomato, ginger, garlic & green leaves. Slit chilli into two.
Easy vegetable biryani
  • In a pressure cooker base, heat ghee and add the whole garam masala if using. Add sliced onions, chilli, ginger, garlic, mint and coriander leaves. Saute everything well for a minute. Now add the tomato along with the chopped vegetables.Saute till tomato turns mushy. Add the required salt to quicken the process.
Easy vegetable biryani recipe
  • After the tomato turns mushy,add red chilli powder, dhania powder, biryani masala powder and turmeric powder. Mix well for a minute. Lastly add the washed & drained rice and saute well for a minute. Now add the required water and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.
Easy vegetable biryani recipe
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Fluff the rice with a fork.Serve it hot with raita. Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of biryani masala powder as per your taste.
  • You can also add 2 tbsp of curd or 1tsp of lemon juice at the end. i.e before closing the cooker.
  • Mint leaves & coriander leaves gives a nice flavor to this biryani. So don’t skip it.
  • U can replace finely chopped ginger & garlic with g&g paste.
  • You can also prepare the same using electric rice cooker too.In that case,use 2.5 cups of water for one cup of rice.
Check out my other pulao/Biryani recipes here !

Try this easy peasy biryani recipe for your lunch box and enjoy with simple onion raita ! I served it with caramal-nuts payasam & raita !

Easy vegetable biryani recipe

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Unknown said...

wow biriyani, i love it to the core. And this pressure cooker version is super simple and i always prefer to do for lunch box....

esther said...

Hi Pl post caramel nuts payasam

Chitra said...

Thanks Gayu :)

Chitra said...

Sure esther.I will post it tonite or tomorow :)

Sundari Nathan said...

Yummy and flavourful biryani!!

Unknown said...

Simple and easy recipe.. said...

Yummy recipe. Really great one.

Unknown said...

I tried biryani, taste is so good

Chitra said...

Thank you for the feedback :)

Venkat said...

Thanks for the recipe. Tried out and came very well. I could have sent image but no link to upload!!

Chitra said...

Thank u so much. You can mail the picture or share in my facebook page timeline.